In preparation for the International Year of
Youth, the UN system and Member States are currently undertaking a range
of initiatives. The following provides a brief update.
UNITED NATIONS MEMBER STATES
resolution 64/134 (December 2009), which proclaimed the year commencing
12 August 2010 as the International Year of Youth, the UN General
“to organize under the auspices of the United Nations a world youth conference as the
highlight of the Year” and invited “the President of the General
In April 2010, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Benin agreed to serve as Facilitator
Assembly to conduct open-ended informal consultations with Member States
with a view to determining the modalities of the conference, which is
to be funded by voluntary contributions.”
for the consultations on the organization of the conference which will
be held in 2011. Consultations began in May 2010 with an offer by the
Government of Tunisia to host the conference in mid-July 2011.
Negotiations are on-going at this time and a resolution on the
modalities of the conference, including the exact dates and venue, is
expected before the launch of the Year.
UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM
The official slogan for the
International Year of Youth (IYY) is: Our
Year. Our Voice. The slogan evolved following a public
consultation on the IYY Facebook page. Nearly 500 suggestions were
received from youth around the world.
The official logo for IYY will be available to download and attach onto promotional materials for events
organized in celebration of the Year. Downloading the logo will be at
no cost and available once the liability waiver has been signed and
submitted to the UN Programme on Youth (UNPY). The guidelines for use
are awaiting approval at this time but are expected soon. The logo will
be a variation of the image in this Feature’s heading and be available
in all six official languages of the United Nations.
The UNPY is currently developing, in conjunction with an international youth-focused
organization, an Activities Kit which will provide practical guidance
to young people organizing activities to promote and celebrate the
Year. The Kit will include suggestions on types of events (including
low-cost ideas), organizing supporters, fundraising, and engaging the
media to raise awareness.
Online calendar of
events for IYY
The UNPY will host an online calendar of
events on its website to promote youth-led and youth-focused activities
in commemoration of IYY. Organizers are invited to post information
about their event and include a link to a website for additional
information. At the time of submission, organizers should provide a
brief description of the event and, following the event, submit a brief
note on the outcome. The aim of the calendar is to provide a central,
public location for youth to share information about their events and to
learn about what activities are taking place around the world. The
calendar will be launched in the near future and announced on the IYY
and Facebook pages (www.facebook.com/UNyouth and www.facebook.com/UNyouthyear).
Global Launch at United Nations Headquarters – 12 August 2010
The Global Launch Event of the
International Year of Youth at United Nations Headquarters will
demonstrate Member States and the UN system’s commitment to youth
development as well as provide a forum to garner media attention and
raise awareness for the Year. The event is an inter-agency initiative
and it will feature contributions from a range of UN entities. In
addition to the event in New York, UN celebrations will take place in
other UN duty stations highlighting regional and local specificities.
organizations, government offices, civil society, etc. are all
encouraged to organize launch events on 12 August 2010 and are requested
to inform the UN Programme on Youth by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development
The United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development is
coordinating the activities of the UN system for the International Year
of Youth, with the UNPY leading this effort. The Network works to
increase the effectiveness of the UN’s work in youth development by
strengthening collaboration and exchange among all UN entities working
Members of the Network adopted the UN Framework
Approach for the International Year of Youth in February 2010 to provide
a concrete framework for collective efforts and to set the strategic
objectives for the Year. The three key areas of the Framework focus on
increasing (i) commitment and investment in youth; (ii) youth
participation and partnerships; and (iii) inter-cultural understanding
among youth. In each of these areas, the Framework provides specific
actions essential to implement the objectives, and establishing
collaborative partnerships with young people is emphasized as
fundamental. The progress achieved during the Year will lay the
foundation for further work in youth development, including the
implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth and the
achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The Framework has been
disseminated to the UN system, including to Regional Commissions and
Country Teams, and is available at: http://social.unorg/youthyear/unapproach.shtml.
Organizations celebrating IYY are invited to use the Framework to guide
updates and announcements, please be sure to join our Facebook
pages and regularly visit our website. In addition to providing
information to youth, the UNPY also holds monthly online consultations
on a new topic every month. To participate, please follow the link
available on the IYY Facebook page.
UN YOUTH FLASH
Vol. 7, No. 5, May 2010