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United Nations High-level Meeting on Youth, 25-26 July 2011



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International Youth Day 2011: Change Our World
International Youth Day 2011: Change Our World


Global Launch of the International Year of Youth

As part of the International Year of Youth, the General Assembly will hold a high-level meeting on youth on 25 and 26 July 2011. The High Level Meeting will have as its overarching theme “Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”.

The High Level Meeting on Youth is scheduled to take place from 25 to 26 July 2011 at the General Assembly, United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The High-Level Meeting will comprise two consecutive informal interactive thematic panel discussions on 25 July 2011 and two plenary meetings on 26 July 2011. The thematic panel discussions will be chaired by Member States at the invitation of the President of the General Assembly and will address the following themes:

  1. Thematic panel discussion 1: Strengthening international cooperation regarding youth and enhancing dialogue, mutual understanding and active youth participation as indispensable elements towards achieving social integration, full employment and the eradication of poverty;
  2. Thematic panel discussion 2: Challenges to youth development and opportunities for poverty eradication, employment and sustainable development.



Press Conferences and Releases

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UN Radio

Participation of Youth Civil Society Organizations

Side Events


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  • "International Youth Day 2011: Change Our World "


UN Framework Approach
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  • Create awareness (increase commitment and investment in youth)
  • Mobilize and engage (increase youth participation and partnerships)
  • Connect and build bridges (increase intercultural understanding among youth)


IYY Logo
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  • The UN Programme on Youth is pleased to launch the new logo for the International Year of Youth. The official slogan for the International Year of Youth (IYY) is: Our Year. Our Voice.


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  • Are you a young person and a global citizen? We have received a large number of emails from youth around the world informing us of the activities that you are planning to celebrate the Year.