International Youth Day 2017

News
11 August 2017
Worldwide

We celebrate this year’s International Youth Day under the theme “Youth Building Peace” to acknowledge young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives.

In the Public Representations Committee, which is under the Prime Minister’s Office, Sadhani Rajapakse (left), national UN Volunteer (Sri Lanka), working with Volunteer Task Force (V-Force) members on the e-archiving of suggestions made by the public. (UN

The world’s youth population is at an all-time high, with 1.8 billion people aged 15 to 29. Most importantly, close to 87% of them live in developing countries, and 13% are unemployed. Both poverty and unemployment are well-known breeding grounds for conflict.

As you will be able to read in the stories below, volunteerism offers valuable opportunities for youth engagement, leadership and participation to contribute to the development of peaceful and inclusive societies.

Since 2014, UNV has fielded more than 1,000 youth volunteers on assignments related to peace and development, and we are also working with a wide range of partners on joint projects aimed at unlocking the potential of youth. Moreover, UNV mobilizes more than 12,000 online volunteers every year to undertake over 20,000 online volunteering assignments worldwide, and 60% of this remarkable force consists of young people between 18 – 29 years old.

UNV is particularly well placed to channel youth contributions into peace programmes through the mobilization of youth volunteers to serve on violence prevention and peacebuilding, thus promoting social cohesion in fragile countries.


Video statement of Olivier Adam, UNV Executive Coordinator


STORIES FROM THE FIELD: ASIA PACIFIC AND SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

   

   


PHOTO ALBUM: UN YOUTH VOLUNTEERS AROUND THE WORLD


PROMOTING YOUTH EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ONLINE VOLUNTEERING

   


YOUTH VOLUNTEERING IN THE ARAB STATES

   


STORIES FROM THE FIELD: EUROPE AND THE CIS

   


STORIES FROM THE FIELD: LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

    


SUPPORTING VOLUNTEER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR YOUTH IN AFRICA