Celebration of International Youth Day/Launch of the International Year of Youth (12 August 2010)

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International Youth Day was celebrated on 12 August 2010, marking the launch of the "International Year of Youth Dialogue and Mutual Understanding", and was an opportunity to recognize the key role of youth as active stakeholders in development processes.
12 August 2010 was proclaimed International Youth Day to celebrate youth motivation and energy and to recognize the role young people play in enhancing peace and development.

This day also marked the launch of the "International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding", a major development aimed at highlighting opportunities and challenges facing youth and at enhancing youth participation in global development efforts. Coinciding with the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, the Year is in line with UNESCO’s work towards a culture of peace and the promotion of intercultural dialogue.

UNESCO is currently co-chairing the UN Interagency Network on Youth Development with the UN Programme on Youth at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). As such, UNESCO will coordinate, with the UN Programme on Youth, joint initiatives for the celebration of the Year, the UN input to key global events during the Year, particularly the World Youth Conference (August 2010, Mexico), and the preparations for the UN World Youth Conference (July 2011 , UN HQ).

UNESCO is also developing specific initiatives within the strategic objectives of the Youth Programme in an effort to link these also to the celebrations of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2010):
• The production of a Global Report on Youth Civic Engagement;
• A campaign for the ratification and implementation of the African Youth Charter;
• The launch of a joint UNESCO-Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) publication, based on the results of the UNESCO-IDB interagency project on “Best practices in Youth Policies and Programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean”;
• A regional conference on youth participation in UNESCO National Commissions, in December 2010;
• The development of a handbook on “Fostering Youth Engagement in UNESCO’s National Commissions”;
• The 4th UNESCO Asian Youth Forum, in September 2010.

In the context of the Year, UNESCO will be lead in the establishment of a sustainable and collaborative follow-up mechanism on all major events on youth. This will provide an accountability structure for all stakeholders involved in these events and will give a stronger impetus to follow-up action at all levels. The 2011 UNESCO Youth Forum will mark the culmination of the International Year of Youth and will provide an opportunity for stakeholders and agencies to report to youth participants on their initiatives taken to celebrate the International Year of Youth and to jointly plan the way forward.


Type of Event Special Event
Start 11.08.2010 22:00 local time
End 12.08.2010 21:55 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point El-khoury, Golda
Organizer United Nations
Contact g.elkhoury@unesco.org
Country Worldwide
City Worldwide
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants
Official Website International Year of Youth (IYY)
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