In December of 2009, the United Nations General Assembly in New York proclaimed, in resolution A/RES/64/134, that August 12 2010 – August 12 2011 will be the International Youth Year. This also coincides with the 25th anniversary of the first International Youth Year proclaimed in 1985.
Launched on August 12 2010, which is the day the international community celebrates the International Youth Day, the International Youth Year promises to be an exciting year for young people around the world. The added focus on Dialogue and Mutual Understanding also the official theme of this iteration of the IYY, will celebrate the ingenuity, energy and contributions to enhancing peace and development by young people. This is also the occasion for the international community and the United Nations System to show their commitment to tackling youth issues and enhancing youth participation in the processes involving them.
Following the proclamation of the International Youth year, the Alliance of Youth CEO’s ( YMCA, YWCA, WOSM, WAGGGS,IFRCRCS, IAA) representing the worlds largest youth movements and over 100 million young people in over 200 countries have joined their voices to mark this significant event.
In a joint statement, the Heads of the largest youth movements state that:
The World Organization of the Scout Movement joins to celebrate not only today as the International day of youth but also the International Youth Year.
To get more information also consult the official United Nations Programme on Youth IYY dedicated website where events, activities and additional material can be found in order to make the most of this year.
Joint Statement by Heads of UN Entities for the Launch of the International Year of Youth, HERE