10.08.2011 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

On International Youth Day, Irina Bokova commends young people's capacities to drive change

© UN Photo/P. Filgueiras - UN Launch of International Youth Year on 12 August 2010

Highlighting that the International Youth Day 2011 (12 August) marks the end of the International Year of Youth under the theme ‘Dialogue and Mutual Understanding’, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, acknowledged the contribution of young women and men across the world to uphold human dignity and fundamental freedoms.

In her message she called on all governments, youth organizations and the international community to reflect on the historic changes underway this year and to consider the next steps we must take together. “This is the goal of the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum, which will be held in Paris from 17 to 20 October 2011,” stated Irina Bokova. Under the theme of “how youth drive change”, the UNESCO Youth Forum will provide a platform for young people from all Member States and societies across the world to share experiences, to express views and to forge new ideas together. She emphasized that “Young women and men across the world are already shaping the contours of the present. We must do everything to encourage their development and to protect their dignity and rights. Everyone’s future depends on it”.

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