August 12 is traditionally a day to celebrate young people all around the world. For 15 years now, the International Youth Day highlights the importance of the youth agenda across the fields and borders.
The theme of International Youth Day 2015 was “Youth Civic Engagement” to emphasize the importance of young people to actively engage and participate in sustainable development initiatives. It is not always easy as the opportunities to engage politically, economically and socially are very limited. But this is not the time to keep our heads low. On contrary, we need to strive for more opportunities for young people to be engaged locally, nationally and internationally.
And this is what the Youth Unit has been up to during the IYD 2015:
- #YouthDay – a Twitter Sensation
For the International Youth Day the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth hosted a series of twitter chats on various youth related topics.
The #YouthDay hashtag was trending worldwide in English and Spanish for many hours and the #Youth Now hashtag made over 300 million impressions with over 2000 unique uses of the hashtag.
To review the interesting discussions, check out the feed for #YouthNow and #YouthDay, as well as the twitter accounts @AhmadAlhendawi, @unhabitatyouth, @action2015youth, @restlessdev, @myworld, @MToomeyUN, @undp, @undp4youth, @unhabitat, @unfoundation
Thanks to everyone who participated in making this a very successful event.
2. Football Tournament in Mathare
Our friends from Up With Hope and Mathare Environmental Conservation Youth Group hosted an international football tournament at their Slum Soccer pitch in the heart of Mlango Kubwa community.
The afternoon was filled with fun, laughter and some serious football, all to celebrate the International Youth Day. The turnout was exceptional, both to play and to cheer and we loved being part of it!
3. Special Event on “Youth Civic Engagement”
Around 100 young people from Nairobi have come to the UN compound to participate in a discussion forum hosted by our colleagues from the Youth Unit and the Youth Advisory Board. The sessions focused on highlighting the importance of youth agenda, Kenyan Youth Policy as well as the need to review and discuss the post 2015 Sustainable Development and Habitat III processes.
We thank all the passionate speakers as well as all the attendees to find time to come and talk about these important topics.