Press Release: International Youth Day: ''Youth Civic Engagement'' #YouthDay
Nigeria - August 12th, 2015 - Through our platform, we bring together young people from different countries, communities and societies, to share their ideas, thoughts and actions in youth development. We also assist in advancing cooperation at the local, regional and global level, amongst youth and with all stakeholders. WAY works for the promotion of youth and youth organisations in programme areas such as: youth employment, environment, human rights, democracy, population, health, drugs, community development and leadership training.
The International Youth Day was first designated on 12th August in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly, and is observed every year with the aim to celebrate the contribution that youth make to the society. This day also provides opportunities to raise awareness on the challenges and difficulties faced by the world’s youth. The theme for the International Youth Day 2015 is Youth Civic Engagement. This theme serves as the main goal of the United Nations System - Wide Action Plan on Youth (Youth-SWAP) and seeks to promote young people’s effective inclusive civic engagement at all levels. In fact, there has been recent increasing attention, policy and programming focus on youth civic engagement by governments, UN entities, regional and multilateral organisations, CSOs, youth and researchers.
The commitment and participation of youth is essential in order to achieve sustainable human development. Nevertheless the opportunities for youth to engage economically and socially are low or non-existent. Additional efforts are needed to raise awareness about the importance of youth civic engagement and its benefits to the individual and to society, including for sustainable development as well as resilience and wellbeing. This Day campaign aims to promote civic engagement and participation of youth in politics and public life, so that young people can be empowered and bring a full contribution to society development and peace.
We, at the World Assembly of Youth, aim to support young people's life choices and their sense of responsibility, as well as to increase their participation in humanitarian or other fruitful activities in achieving better tomorrow. We also create the fundamentals for moral and growth through volunteering in order to facilitate their skills, motivations and experiences and undertake responsibilities for young people's social risks and place in society. WAY also work towards bringing youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrating the potential of youth as partners of constructive change in today’s global society. We believe that effective youth participation is about creating opportunities for all youth to be involved in influencing, shaping, designing and contributing to policy and the development of services and programmes.
Keep true to the dreams of your youth. ~Friedrich Schiller ~
Youth voice matters! Happy International Youth Day!
Credit: WORLD ASSEMBLY OF YOUTH. PRESS RELEASE, INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY: ‘YOUTH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT’, DATE: 12TH AUGUST 2015
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