Written by Stephanie Koathes

International Youth Day 2017


Eighteen years ago, on the 17th of December the United Nations General Assembly decided to put into action a recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth. The recommendation was that the 12th of August be declared International Youth Day.

Every year a theme is decided and activities take place around the globe with that theme as their focal point. This year, the day is centred on celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace under the theme ‘Youth Building Peace’.

According to a statement by Irina Bokova Director-General of UNESCO, in 2015 there were 1.2 billion young people in the world, and more than 600 million lived in fragile and conflict-affected situations.

Young people are often the ones most affected by the hardships that come with conflict and violence. They are also an essential part of working towards peace.


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