The United Nations has designated August 12 as International Youth Day to celebrate young people and the potential they have to make the world a better place if given the proper resources and support. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have traditionally been seen as the focus of International Youth Day; however, this year’s event aims to shift the spotlight away from young people and onto all generations in order to achieve the SDGs.
Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages
Intergenerational solidarity: making a world that works for all ages will be the focus of International Youth Day in 2022. Ageism, which impacts both young and old, will be highlighted as one of the many barriers to intergenerational solidarity that this event will highlight. Ageism is a pernicious and often neglected problem in health, human rights, and development that impacts people of all ages around the world.
The effects of ageism are compounded when it intersects with other forms of prejudice (such as racism and sexism), making it more difficult for individuals to reach their full potential and make a positive impact in society. The purpose of this year’s International Youth Day theme is to emphasise the need for action across all generations and to leave no one behind in order to achieve the SDGs, the 2030 agenda adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015.
United Nations’ Global Report on Ageism
The United Nations‘ Global Report on Ageism, published in March 2021, found that young people continue to report facing age-related obstacles in a variety of spheres, including employment, political participation, health, and justice. As a result, intergenerational harmony is crucial to achieving the SDGs and realising the full potential of all generations.
Ageism, the next generation, and intergenerational fairness: a webinar
The UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Major Group on Children and Youth (MGCY) will organise a worldwide webinar in 2022 to formally celebrate International Youth Day. During the webinar, people from all over the world can discuss issues related to ageism, the next generation, and intergenerational equity.
The United Nations General Assembly declared August 12 as International Youth Day after a recommendation from the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth on December 17, 1999. It has been a day of social education since its inception on August 12, 2000. Raise young people’s interest in politics and have them manage the allocation of resources to address global problems.
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