International Year of Youth
12 August 2010 to 11 August 2011
OUR YEAR OUR VOICE
Dr Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on the 12 August 2010 joined 23 other United Nations Agencies in launching the International Year of Youth, through a joint press release.
The International Year is about advancing the full and effective participation of youth in all aspects of society. Its all about encouraging all sectors of society to work in partnership with youth and youth organizations to better understand their needs and concerns and to recognize the contributions that young people make to society.
The world is facing many, often overlapping, crises including financial, food security and environmental to address these challenges it is fundamental to invest and partner with youth and youth related organizations.
Young people are not merely passive beneficiaries but effective agents of change. Dedicated, enthusiastic and creative, youth have been contributing to development by addressing society’s most challenging issues.
Young people’s efforts have contributed to combating poverty and hunger in their communities, stemming the HIV/AIDS pandemic through peer education and championing the protection of the environment. Youth have also been pioneers in encouraging dialogue, understanding and respect among people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. Youth often lead by example, such as by practicing green and healthy lifestyles, promoting innovative uses of new technologies and by bridging gaps to foster the development of inclusive societies.
The International Year will show case what young people have achieved and promote new investment in youth development and action.
So what are you waiting for this is your year -> lets go :o)