Year of the Youth – The time to Invest in our young is now

“The Facebook generation is showing a growing resolve to change our world – and a capacity to make things happen” Ban Ki-moon- UN Secretary-General

 See the Event Video Here UN International Year of Youth

Hundreds of young people converged on the United Nations in New York for a two-day conference, which focused on the theme of “Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”. The meeting devoted to tackling the challenges facing youth and exploring their potential to bring about change in their societies and in the world at large, marked the climax of the UN International Year of Youth, which comes to a close on August 12.

The event began on a somber note when the hundreds of participants from all over the world observed a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the Norwegian bombing and shooting attacks; the unfortunate event that according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “Stands in stark opposition to the theme of this meeting, which is dialogue and mutual understanding.”

The meeting concluded with the adoption of an outcome document that calls for strategies to give young people everywhere a real chance to find decent work and urges countries to take effective measures to protect young people from terrorism, among other 17 areas of action.

Click on the link below to view the short video about the event: http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/2011/07/un-forum-on-youth-opens-amid-calls-for-improved-dialogue-mutual-understanding.html

Read the full article by clicking on the link below: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=39140&Cr=youth&Cr1

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