YOUNETPO & IDAD Commemorates IYD 2021
As part of this year's International Youth Day, YOUNETPO in partnership with the Institute for Democratic Actions and Development (IDAD) held a virtual event to commemorate
the Global Event. The event brought together over 20 youth participants and speakers from Nigeria, South Africa, USA and Liberia. Furthermore, Ms. Theodosia Fahnbulleh of the Liberty School was appointed as Executive Director of YOUNETPO for 24 hours as a means of raising awareness on the need to increase women leadership and equal participation.
In 1999, General Assembly resolution 54/120 endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers of Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day. Such a day provides an opportunity to celebrate young peoples’ views and initiatives on a global scale. Today, young people hold a crucial role working towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and related frameworks. Recent global priorities have centered around fighting the impacts of climate change, unemployment, poverty, gender inequality, conflict, and migration. The international community has born witness to young people’s unprecedented mobilization around the world, which has shown the massive power they possess to hold decision-makers accountable. The Decade of Action announced by the Secretary General in September of 2019 requires people action, inclusive of youth to generate an unstoppable movement pushing for such required transformations.