International Youth Day 2017
- International Youth Day 2017
- Sat, 12. August 2017
- International Days, Years etc
This year's International Youth Day, to be held on Saturday, 12 August., focuses on "Youth Building Peace" and is dedicated to celebrating young people's role in preventing conflicts and building inclusive societies and sustainable peace. Additionally, this will be the first UN Youth Day for the newly appointed UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, who will be meeting with young peace builders on a three-country mission to mark the day. A commemorative event will be held at UNHQ in New York on Friday, 11 August, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. New York time.
Since the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2250 in 2015, there is growing recognition that as agents of change, young people are critical actors in conflict prevention and sustaining peace. International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.
The current generation of youth are the largest in history and young people often comprise the majority in countries marked by armed conflict or unrest, therefore considering the needs and aspirations of youth in matters of peace and security is a demographic imperative.
Feature Document: Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding
The Practice Note on Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding was created to aid policymakers and donors in supporting young people’s participation to peacebuilding. Specifically, the Note has been developed to offer evidence-based, promising practices in youth peacebuilding, advance the understanding of donors and policy-makers of complex policy and programmes, and increase the effectiveness of policies and funding strategies of donors and agencies supporting youth peacebuilding interventions.
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