On August 12 the World Youth Movement for Democracy network celebrates International Youth Day by highlighting ways for youth to be included in democratic processes. The aim of Youth Day is to raise awareness of the importance of youth engagement and creating a space youth in civic and political fields, and to encourage the notion that young people can enact change, and for them to be given a safe space to speak out about the challenges they face globally.
International Youth Day was designated by the United Nations in 1999 as the official day to raise awareness about youth participation and youth inclusion. The UN has created a framework for youth development, the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY) thus emphasizing the importance of considering youth in global development processes.
As additional support to the efforts towards the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Youth Envoy has enacted a Youth 2030 strategy, giving the much needed perspective of youth from around the world.
For the WYMD, as a global youth network, this day is especially significant, as we aim to support and give a platform for young activists to share their experience and raise awareness on causes important to them.