13.08.2010 -

Launch of the 2010 UN international Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding

United NationsLogo International Year of Youth 2010-2011

The International Year of Youth on the theme Dialogue and Mutual Understanding will be launched on the International Youth Day, 12 August 2010. The proclamation of this International Year by the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/64/134) marks the aspirations of a new generation of Youth.


On this occasion, 27 Heads of UN agencies signed a joint statement for the launch of the International Year of Youth [PDF, 366 KB].

25 years after the first International Year of Youth in 1985 and five years ahead of the 2015 target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, this Year brings youth to the forefront of global debates and calls for  increased investments and strengthened commitments in recognition of the key role of youth in development.

The theme of the Year is particularly relevant to UNESCO’s work as it embraces the Organization’s approach to youth as agents of peace and vital partners in national development. It coincides with the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, which UNESCO is leading and which has recognised an increased role for youth in promoting dialogue and mutual understanding. 

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