International Year of Youth (2010)

The United Nations General Assembly passed resolution 64/134 in December 2009 designating the period beginning on 12 August 2010 as the International Year of Youth. The resolution requests assistance for local and global commemorative activities from governments, civil society, people, and groups all around the world. Governments, civil society organizations, and youth organizations are urged to plan events that help people recognize the value and advantages of young people participating in all facets of society. They should also support young people in using their enthusiasm, energy, and creativity to advance development and intercultural understanding.

The International Year of Youth recognized the value of youth and the necessity of assisting them in growing, developing, and overcoming obstacles. The purpose of the Year is to honor the contributions that young people make to society and to better understand their needs and worries. The objectives are to advance the values of harmony, cooperation, and observance of fundamental rights and liberties. It's a time to inspire young people and other generations from around the world to interact and share knowledge.

The International Year of Youth is focused on:
  • To raise consciousness (increase commitment and investment in youth).
  • To enlist and mobilize (increase youth participation and partnerships).
  • To establish links and bridges (increase intercultural understanding among youth).
In several nations, including but not limited to Turkey, the United States, Mexico, Singapore, and Norway, there are numerous activities, conferences, and events planned to support the International Year of Youth.


Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 were initially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 1965, and the first International Youth Year: Participation, Development, and Peace was held in 1985. Young people now have access to chances for active participation in society because to the 1995 adoption of the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY). In 2007, the General Assembly extended the topic of juvenile issues and gave primary attention to:
  • Education.
  • Employment.
  • Hunger and poverty.
  • Health.
  • Environment.
  • Drug abuse.
  • Juvenile delinquency.
  • Leisure-time activities
  • Girls and young women
  • Participation.
  • Globalization.
  • Information and communications technologies.
  • Youth and conflict.
  • Intergenerational relations.
The International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding was established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to commence on August 12, 2010. The International Year of Youth would encourage young people to participate in growth and development while also fostering communication and understanding between youth and older generations. The 25th anniversary of the International Youth Year of 1985 will occur in 2010. The Millennium Development Goals and the World Programme of Action for Youth are only two of the youth development initiatives that are expected to continue throughout the Year.


The resolution's "Dialogue and Mutual Understanding" theme strives to foster intergenerational communication and understanding while advancing the values of solidarity, peace, and observance of human rights and freedoms.


The official logo and tagline for the International Year of Youth is "Our Year. Our Voice," which uses speech bubbles of various colors to symbolize the various voices of young people. The UN's six official languages all have versions of the logo.

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