The UN International Year of Youth – Are Young People Valued?

January 2011 marks the fifth month of the United Nations International Year of Youth. The year commenced on August 12 2010, and represents an effort to ‘harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world’s youth in overcoming the challenges facing humankind, from enhancing peace to boosting economic development’ (UN 2011).

The three key focus areas of the programme aim to: create awareness, mobilize and engage young people through participation and partnerships, and to increase intercultural understanding amongst youth.

Almost half way through the Year of Youth, more momentum is needed if the project is to achieve its goals. Having said that, initiatives like The DFID Civil Society Organisations Youth working Group, a network of young people and organizations concerned with youth involvement in international development, provide a good forum for these issues.

On the 15th of September 2010, a group of young people met with Nick Clegg and the Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, to discuss the importance of young people in pushing forward the development agenda. Continue reading “The UN International Year of Youth – Are Young People Valued?”