Today, as the title says, is International Youth Day. In December 2009, the UN General Assembly endorsed a resolution that August 12, beginning in 2010, be declared International Youth Day. The day is intended to raise awareness of the challenges facing the world’s youth, and to celebrate the role that the youth of today have to play on the world of tomorrow. It is their world, after all, we’re just living in it and holding (sometimes even tending) it for them.
According to the website, the world currently has its largest population ever of people between the ages of 10 and 24. Unfortunately, out of those 1.8 billion young people, 10% live in conflict zones. In addition to basic physical safety, this impacts educational opportunities, access to adequate medical resources, food, clean water, and to the social ties that we all need to develop in oder to successfully live, and work, with others as adults.
Those of you that read this blog somewhat regularly know that I think it’s important that we adults recognize that our time is limited, and that the future belongs to the younger generations – we should do what we can to support them, and to prepare them, not to not belittle them because they aren’t us, and their vision is not ours.
To borrow a quote from the 2018 statement on International Youth Day by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres:
“The hopes of the world rest on young people. Peace, economic dynamism, social justice, tolerance – all this and more, today and tomorrow, depends on tapping into the power of youth.”