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International Youth Day 2017

"Youth Building 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 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development committed to fostering peaceful and inclusive societies and affirmed that “Sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security”. Goal 16 aims to ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels. The World Programme of Action for Youth, which provides a policy framework and practical guidelines to improve the situation of young people, also encourages “promoting the active involvement of youth in maintaining peace and security”.

The official commemorative event to celebrate International Youth Day 2017 will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 11 August, from 10:00am to 1:00pm on this year’s theme of “Youth Building Peace”. It will bring together youth as well as representatives of Member States and United Nations entities to explore the various ways in which young people are contributing to building and sustaining peace.

The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is organizing the event in collaboration with the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development's (UN IANYD) Working Group on Youth and Peacebuilding.


 
 
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