In 1999, in the UN-resolution of General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers of Youth that 12 August be declared International Youth Day. After that, International Youth Day is commemorated every year on August 12th.
International Youth Day gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement. This year’s event will be commemorated with a broadcast-style discussion led by youth, development professionals, academicians, CSOs for youth. Enabling the engagement of youth in formal political mechanisms does increase the fairness of political processes by reducing democratic deficits, contributes to better and more sustainable policies, and also has symbolic importance that can further contribute to restore trust in public institutions, especially among youth.
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SERAC-Bangladesh along with Right Here Right Now (RHRN) Bangladesh platform are going to broadcast the discussion on 13th August, Thursday at Washington DC, Voice of America for encouraging young people to, youth structures, civil society, development professional, policy makers, member of parliaments and other relevant stakeholders to come together and celebrate the theme Youth Engagement for Global Action.
You can join to commemorate IYD through online platform to make a huge buzz. Use the #YouthDay, #Youth4GlobalAction, #SDG16, #SERAC_Bangladesh and #RHRN to help spread the youth rights and strike up a conversation surrounding youth engagement for global action.
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IYD 2020 seeks to highlight the three interconnected streams in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional health politics and decision making table can be significantly enhanced to make space for youth rights.
- Aroma Dutta, MP, Seat-11, Bangladesh National parliament
- SM Shaikat, Executive Director, SERAC-Bangladesh
- Fariha Hossian, Project Officer, RHSTE
- Transform quality and friendly health services as youth rights
- Influence policy makers introduce comprehensive and inclusive in health and education sector.
- Renew commitment for meaningful inclusive youth participation (MIYP) in decision making process
- Explore different ways to maximize youth engagement and creative ways of addressing the issues across all scales by thinking of all youth, including those from diverse backgrounds such as youth with disabilities, diverse gender identities, young women and girls, and migrants and refugees.
- Create a ‘take-away package’ from event and identify specific and actionable items that include the kinds of institutional engagement that can benefit the community with some fruitful discussion and points to share with your local leaders or community planners.
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Be creative, be inclusive, and sustain the conversations!