Thursday, August 12, 2021

June in Review & Youth Day : Celebrating the potential of youth as active partners in the global society !


International Youth Day 2021
credits: UN

"Young people are on the frontlines of the struggle to build a better future for all. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the dire need for the kind of transformational change they seek – and young people must be full partners in that effort."

António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

International Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12 August to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and to celebrate the potential of youth as active partners in the global society. 

Theme 2021:

The theme, “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”, aims to highlight that the success of such a global effort will not be achieved without the meaningful participation of young people.

"This year’s International Youth Day highlights solutions developed by young innovators to address challenges to our food systems. They are tackling inequities in food security, biodiversity loss, threats to our environment and much more."

During the 2021 ECOSOC Youth Forum (EYF), the issues and priorities highlighted by young participants included the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly related to its effect on human health, the environment, and food systems. 

As part of the official outcome recommendations of the EYF, young participants stressed the importance of working towards more equitable food systems.

There is also the risk of zoonotic diseases that can result from unsustainable farming practices and the climate crisis. Population health is also key in addressing food systems challenges, especially as nutrition-related chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some forms of cancer are major contributors to the global burden of disease.

credits:  UN Women/Amanda Voisard

Youth engagement is essential to the transformation of education into a means for inclusive youth development and sustainable development more broadly.

Through youth education, engagement, innovation and entrepreneurial solutions, this year’s International Youth Day aims to provide a platform for young people to continue the momentum from the EYF in the lead up to the high-level Food Systems Summit

This year, International Youth Day will be virtually convened by DESA in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Major Group for Children and Youth. 

International Youth Day 2021
credits: UN


Youth all over the world, be part of the celebrations by organizing your own event or activity! You can organize an event to celebrate International Youth Day in your community, school, youth club, or workplace.

Are your school or or youth group celebrating #YouthDay? Planning a special activity? UN wants to know! 

Let UN know about your event by going to the link HERE to input the details in the form and UN will map it on the IYD World Map of Event.

Oops! I forgot to write about the posts of June. Let's do it ! The world continues to be affected by severe pandemic restrictions. So difficult to all of us. Never ending pandemic.

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  • Many involve the reintroduction of restrictions that had been eased after last lockdowns. 

    Be safe! Take care!

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