International Year of Youth

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In an effort to harness the energy, imagination, and initiative of the world’s youth in overcoming challenges facing humankind, from enhancing peace to boosting economic development, the United Nations (UN) proclaimed an International Year of Youth this year.The declaration hopes to advance the full and effective participation of youth in all aspects of society. In declaring 2010 the International Year of Youth, the UN encourage all sectors of society to work in partnership with youth and youth organizations to better understand their needs and concerns and to recognize the contributions that they can make to society. The General Assembly called on governments, civil society, individuals, and communities worldwide to support activities on local and international levels to mark the event.With the theme “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding,” the Year aims to encourage dialogue and understanding across generations and promote the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and freedoms and solidarity. It encourages young people to dedicate themselves to fostering progress, including the attainment of the UN Millennium, Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to slash a host of social ills, from extreme poverty and hunger to maternal and infant mortality to lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015. …