International Youth Day 2017
On 12th of August 2017, the international community celebrated the International Youth Day 2017 and so did YEU. This year, the theme was mainly concerning "YOUTH BUILDING PEACE" in order to commemorate the vital role of young people engaged in conflict prevention, countering extremism and peacebuilding.
The #YouthDay is a commemoration that takes place every August since 1999, after recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in that same year. The focus of this year’s edition is YOUTH BUILDING PEACE: its purpose is to recognize and commemorate the vital role of young people engaged in conflict prevention, countering extremism and peacebuilding. Moreover, international youth has a game-changing role in promoting social justice and inclusion, issues that are part of the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development and are central in the mission of YEU and its Member Organizations.
We, as Youth for Exchange and Understanding International, are glad to endorse such events as a chance to reflect on the role of youth in our society and to reaffirm its commitment towards the empowerment of youth all over the world. Through trainings and mobility programs, YEU pursues its mission of spreading the values of democracy, social justice and inclusion among the young international people, disseminating a culture of understanding and equality and promoting engagement among the civil society.
YEU, as a member of European Youth Forum (YFJ), also took part in YFJ's campaign to celebrate International Youth Day with the aim of raising awareness through Social Media on those youth-related issues that appear as the most relevant in the agenda of Youth Organizations: sustainable development, social justice, participation in civil society and promotion of youth rights.
As stated on the UN website, “The current generation of youth are the largest in history and young people often comprise the majority in countries marked by armed conflict or unrest, therefore considering the needs and aspirations of youth in matters of peace and security is a demographic imperative.”This is why the involvement of young people in civil society to tackle issues of security and social justice is a priority for International Youth Organizations as a means to empower the youth to fulfill their potential and to make further steps in the path towards international cooperation and a global peace.