The year of youth has started!
12 August 2010
The United Nations has proclaimed the International Year of Youth starting on International Youth Day 12 August 2010 and calls governments and civil society worldwide to support activities at local and international levels to mark the event.
Under the theme Dialogue and Mutual Understanding, the Year aims to encourage and support young people to foster progress, including the attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
WAGGGS, as part of the Alliance of Youth CEOs, has signed a statement on International Youth Day that has been distributed at the official launch this morning at the United Nations General Assembly. The document, which can be downloaded from this page, encourages young people to get together and celebrate the Year and calls for action from all organizations in the public and private sector to actively engage young people to build a better future.
Throughout the year we will regularly update the website with resources such as Youth Year toolkits, media releases and news. So please keep coming back to find out the latest ways you can celebrate and join in.
Youth Year Framework
The UN system’s approach for the Youth Year focuses on three key areas:
- Create awareness - increase commitment and investment in youth
- Mobilize and engage - increase youth participation and partnerships
- Connect and build bridges - increase intercultural understanding among youth
The progress on these areas will lay the foundation for further work in youth development, including the implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
How you can get engaged in the Youth Year
WAGGGS is calling on our members to take part at the International Year of Youth. Here you have some ideas!
1. Run a Youth Year event
Individual young people as well as youth organizations are invited to hold a Youth Year event. It can be a new activity or an event that you have already planned that fits with the Youth year theme. Download the Activities Kit for lots of ideas and resources. You can also register your Youth Year event.
2. Become a Youth Year advocate
The contribution of young people to the Millennium Development Goals is crucial and the Youth Year Framework gives you the perfect opportunity to start your advocacy action in your community. Download the WAGGGS advocacy toolkit to start your action.
3. Join the national committee in your country
The International Years are customarily celebrated at the national level, steered by a National Committee. Governments are encouraged to form National Committees in partnership with civil society and UN system organizations. Please contact your national governments to find out more.
4. WAGGGS’ Young Women’s World Forum 2010 and 2011
The first International Year of Yoth event will be the Young Women’s World Forum (YWWF), hosted by Girlguiding UK in cooperation with WAGGGS, from 19 to 24 October 2010. The forum will be discussing issues that are relevant to young women from across the globe and will focus on the Millennium Development Goals. You will be able to follow up the event from the WAGGGS website.
You can also attend The Young Women’s World Forum, 2011. It will take place between 19 and 26 March at Our Chalet, Our Cabaña, Pax Lodge and Sangam simultaneously. For more information, please check the centenary section.
WAGGGS is also involved in international conferences such as the World Youth Conference in Mexico in August 2010 and the UN Conference on Youth which is planned for 2011.
5. Take part in the Global Action Theme badge curriculum and learn about the MDG programmes
WAGGGS’ Global Action Theme (GAT) is girls worldwide say “together we can change our world,” which focuses on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Everyone can get involved!
You can also learn about the MDG programmes. You will find more information about the work we do on Climate Change, HIV and AIDS and Poverty and Hunger.
Watch the WAGGGS’ website for more ways you can participate in the International Year of Youth and send us your stories about how you have or will contribute to achieving the MDGs and foster international dialogue and understanding.For more information visit the International Youth Year website or the UN Youth Year facebook page.