On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly 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 theme of International Youth Day, 12 August 2015, is “Youth Civic Engagement.” The engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development. Yet often the opportunities for youth to engage politically, economically and socially are low or non-existent.
On this occasion, The UN Secretary General Envoy on Youth is hosting a Twitter chat, where several UN agencies and civil society organisations will join in on the discussion. So can YOU(th)! Check out the schedule for the thematic chats below, and join in!
The hashtags for the event is #YouthNow and #YouthDay
For regular updates from the discussion, follow: @AhmadAlhendawi, @unhabitatyouth @action2015youth, @restlessdev, @myworld, @MToomeyUN, @undp, @undp4youth, @unhabitat, @unfoundation
Thematic twitter discussions: (times are Eastern Standard Time)
9am-9:30am EST | A Chat with Youth and Civil Society on Youth Engagement
- Youth and civil society organizations chat about Youth Engagement
9:30am-10:00am EST | #AskYouthEnvoy: A Chat with the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
- Ask the SG’s Envoy on Youth about youth-related issues
1:30pm – 2:00pm EST | My World: A Future Defined by 5 Million Young People Globally
- The My World Survey findings explained and elaborated
2:00pm – 2:30pm EST | Youth Civic Engagement and the United Nations
- How can youth engage in the UN?
2:30pm-3pm EST | Topic: Youth Mobilization for Global Action and Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- How can youth contribute to the implementation of the SDGs?
Log on to twitter.com and contribute, or simply enhance your knowledge about how youth are and can be drivers of positive change around the globe.