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Adolescents and youth

International Youth Day: Celebrating youth

On 12 August 2004, children and adults around the world will take a break from their daily routines to celebrate young people and the integral role they play in helping create a world fit for children.

This year’s theme, ‘Youth in an intergenerational society’, gives prominence to the importance of partnership between children and adults at all levels – in homes, families, schools, communities and nations. The theme also draws inspiration from the Tenth Anniversary of the International Year of Family, which is being celebrated this year.

In addition to myriad activities at local, national and global levels, UNICEF, as part of a joint UN effort headed by the UN Youth Unit, will commemorate International Youth Day alongside an estimated 10,000 youth participants and representatives from international organizations at the World Youth Festival in Barcelona.

UNICEF will also continue to reach out and support the global youth community through dedicated discussion forums on Voices of Youth, its interactive website for young people. As a special event, Voices of Youth will also host an online live chat for young people in West and Central Africa to discuss ‘Youth in an intergenerational society’. We invite you to join the global discussions and find out what young people are saying on Voices of Youth.

UNICEF recognizes that protecting and supporting young people is essential if the world is to reach its objectives of ensuring every child’s right to survive and thrive.



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