We’ve moved the NextGen conference to coincide with International Youth Day 2015! This year the world is talking about “Youth Civic Engagement”.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, here’s a little background about International Youth Day: 12 August was first designated as International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999, and is an annual celebration of the role of youth around the world as essential partners in change. It is a global opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth.
Discussions and information campaigns will take place on 12 August 2015 around the world, to engage both politicians and the general public to understand the real, current needs of young people, in order to implement policies to help us overcome the developing problems we are facing. The idea of International Youth Day aims to encourage young people into the decision-making process that will help us better our lives and the communities we live in.
The engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development. Yet often the opportunities for youth to engage politically, economically and socially are low or non-existent. More efforts are needed from those in power to raise awareness about the importance of youth civic engagements and the benefits it will have in the future for individuals and inevitably to society. It aims to create empowered beings who will bring an all round contribution to the development in society and therefore peace among nations.
The Inter-Agency Network is running an online campaign in the lead up to International Youth Day 12 August 2015. We will be able to share our message and stories by submitting a photograph that relates to the theme of “Youth Civil Engagement”, by tweeting ideas and opinions on the theme using #YouthDay, or by organising an International Youth Day Event. We have started the NextGen conference to help inspire YOU to build and design YOUR future!
By sending pictures and tagging them with #YouthDay we will be automatically entered into a competition run on the UN4Youth Facebook page where followers will vote! The winning photo and story will be revealed at the UN Headquarters on the 12 August, and online via @UN4Youth and @undp4youth.
Don’t forget to enter!
As the youth we have the responsibility to lead, educate and inspire.
Let’s be the difference and take control of our future!