On 12 August 2015, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) with the support of the UN Inter-agency Network on Youth Development is organizing an event to commemorate International Youth Day under the theme Youth Civic Engagement.
At GenUN, we celebrate youth and civic engagement every day. From meeting with their Members of Congress to raising awareness on campus, our young supporters are making the world a better place. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it well:
In a sense, that is your lifelong homework — and I am giving you a homework assignment, a lifelong homework assignment. Be a global citizen with a strong vision, passion and also compassionate leadership. That is what is required to be a global citizen. Only when we are all global citizens we make sure that we are living in a better world where nobody is left behind.
Let’s work together and everyone can make a difference in leading the world towards a future we want. I look forward to your contributions during your meeting today. Let us make 2015 a time for global action. Let us shout action, action! Louder, action!
To learn more about this year's International Youth Day campaign, visit the UN site.