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August 12 International Youth Day: Safe Spaces for Youth

The day marks the role of the young generation and how they contribute or can contribute towards bringing the change. 


Devdiscourse News Desk Last Updated at 12 Aug 2018, 07:08 IST
August 12 International Youth Day: Safe Spaces for Youth
  • The day marks the role of the young generation and how they contribute or can contribute towards bringing the change. (Image Credit: Twitter)

August 12 marks the celebration of International Youth Day all over the globe.

August 12 for the first time was designated as International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999. The day marks the role of the young generation and how they contribute or can contribute towards bringing the change.

The day also is a platform and an opportunity to raise issues face by the world's youth.

The theme for 2018 International Youth Day is " Safe Spaces for Youth." The theme points towards ensuring safe spaces for the youth where they can engage in activities in par with their diverse needs and engage themselves in decision-making processes.

Safe spaces as pointed out by UN means civic spaces that allow youth to participate in governance issues, public spaces, digital spaces help young people to interact with other all over the world through the virtual world.

In the absence of safe spaces, youth from different race/ ethnicity, gender, religion, and culture may feel frightened to contribute to the society.

The Sustainable Development Goals 2030 set by UN especially SDG 11 focusses on the availability of sustainable cities and communities. United Nations' New Urban Agenda adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development focusses on the need for public spaces for youth to be able to interact with family to promote intern generational dialogues.

At present, there are 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world. 24 million of the youth living in conflict zones are out of the school.

Another programme by UN, the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY) also gives importance to the provision of leisure activities for psychological, cognitive and physical development of young generations. The programme initiated by the UN is a framework for youth development.


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