Shaping Safe Spaces: Youth, UN officials to converge for 2018 International Youth Day

Shaping Safe Spaces: Youth, UN officials to converge for 2018 International Youth Day

Shaping Safe Spaces: Youth, UN officials to converge for 2018 International Youth Day

BANGKOK – United Nations will gather Youth and Sustainable Development Goals advocates for this year's International Youth Day under the theme of Safe Spaces for the Youth.

Exploring the role of safe spaces in achieving freedom of expression, mutual respect, and constructive dialogue, International Youth Day 2018 aims to promote youth engagement and empowerment. The readiness and convenience of physical and virtual safe spaces can enhance young people’s potential by creating a common platform and opportunities for creativity.

Youth, as influential agents of change, are expected to strengthen the Asia Pacific regional network of young people through participatory activities, capacity-building sessions and immersive discussions prepared for this half-day event.

Based on a three month project undertaken by students from Thammasat University, the IYD participants will discuss the concept and context of youth participation in the UN system through the Asia Pacific Interagency Network on Youth (APINY).

This project is a collaboration between Thammasat’s School of Global Studies and APINY and has involved six students undertaking a summer program based at UNESCO Bangkok. Through interviews, surveys and focus groups with the UN and youth from a wide variety of backgrounds, the students are examining how collaboration between youth and the UN can be strengthened.

The event seeks to support SDG 17 — involving young people in UN process, by providing an opportunity to have an open discourse and exchange of ideas with the UN and wider community.

The 2018 Youth gathering is scheduled on August 10, Friday from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm at United Nations Conference Centre, Ratchadamnoen Rd., Bangkok, Thailand.

If you are interested to be part of this celebration, sign up through the link below:  http://www.tinyurl.com/IYD8102018

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