United Nations' definition of youth is people from 15 to 24 years of age
United Nations International Youth Day - 12 August, 2009
SUSTAINABILITY: Our Challenge. Our Future.
Sustainability does not only refer to maintaining environmental balance and renewal. Sustainability encapsulates three facets of life: the environment, society and the economy. We live our lives in the overlaps and intersections of these facets, and our actions and attitudes help shape them. Their changing shapes in turn affect the way we are able to live our lives. The negative effects of unsustainable behaviour are not easily contained. As has been proven by the global crises in food, the economy and the environment, the concept of the global village has gone beyond being a useful analogy to being a hard reality, making clear the need to adopt a global sense of social responsibility.
With these things in mind, as the energizers of today and the holders of tomorrow, it is imperative that youth embrace the challenge of sustainability in its fullness as they help pave the way forward through the 21st century and beyond. Youth action, inclusion, and their full participation are key to developing today's world for the generations of today and tomorrow and central to a sustainable existence.
What is happening around the world to mark the day?
Shoot Nations Photo Competition! To commemorate the Day, young people (11 to 25) from all around the world can submit photographs and drawings to participate in a global photography competition "Shoot Nations". A selection of photographs will be presented to the United Nations and displayed at UN Headquarters from 3-14 August in commemoration of International Youth Day. For Read More .. information, please visit http://shootnations.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About International Youth Day ( IYD )
The General Assembly on 17 December 1999 in its resolution 54/120, endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.
The Assembly recommended that public information activities be organized to support the Day as a way to promote better awareness of the World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond, adopted by the General Assembly in 1995 (resolution 50/81).
Themes for IYD
Previous Celebrations of International Youth Day include:
- IYD 2008 - Youth and Climate Change: Time for Action
- IYD 2006 - Tackling Poverty Together
- IYD 2005 - WPAY+10: Making Commitments Matter
- IYD 2004 - Youth in an Intergenerational Society
- IYD 2003 - Finding decent and productive work for young people everywhere
- IYD 2002 - Now and for the Future: Youth Action for Sustainable Development
- IYD 2001 - Addressing Health and Unemployment
- First Observance of International Youth Day 2000