Each year on August 12 the world celebrates International Youth Day. The day was first created in the year 2000 and is meant to spur opportunities by governments and other agencies to draw attention to youth issues. The event is intended to be observed worldwide with concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings in conjunction with national and local governments with youth organizations. This year’s theme focuses on ‘Youth Building Peace’.
2017 recognizes the contributions of young people in preventing conflict, supporting inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. Since adoption of Security Council Resolution 2250 in 2015, increasingly there is growing recognition of young people as expedient agents of change. They are therefore significant players for preventing conflict and bringing about peace. Young people dedicate their energies to celebrate peace, amity and goodwill.
This generation of youth is the largest in history. In most parts of the world the youth comprise of the majority populations. They play a critical role in containing armed conflict or unrest. They are therefore very instrumental in gauging needs and aspirations of for making the world more peaceful and secure which is actually the need of the hour.
The day therefore reaffirms the important role of youth who can play an important part in deterring and resolving conflicts. All over the world youth therefore constitute in large numbers to ensure the success of peace keeping and peace building efforts. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development committed to fostering peaceful and inclusive societies and affirms, “unsustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security”.
In fulfilling this goal the inclusion of youth can never be overlooked. In our own country the need is therefore to make the youth more responsive to participate as also represent in such activities. More essentially they need to be included in decision-making so that they are well aware of future commitments. Youth must be involved meaningfully so as to improve the situations with which we are preoccupied and to make it their undertaking for the future.
Youth has to be involved at all levels of societal regeneration and reawakening for a better and improved role to build a better environment. In order to keep the peace and facilitate social progress the young minds have to be encouraged to take charge and feel a sense of responsibility. In all important areas for social betterment – quality education, health care and civic services the role of youth ought to be promoted.
Their active role in contributing to the communities should be ascertained by local and national governments. So let’s mark this day to create awareness on how the youth potential may be harnessed for the best interests of our society. All over the world countries are working for providing opportunities to the youth to allow them to achieve their potential in taking up tasks for accord and harmony. HERD Foundation affirms the day and pledges to support youth excluded from political, economic and social spheres to align them to social inclusion for a better world around us.