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You & Co celebrates UN International Youth Day 2016

Friday 12 August 2016

On 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared 12 August as International Youth Day. This year’s International Youth Day theme is The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production.

This year’s Day is about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, focussing on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production.

There are five events happening in Belfast, Edinburgh, Newcastle upon Tyne, Salford and London Borough of Havering. You can also follow the hashtag #YouthDay on social media to find out more.



Music Unite by Youth4Peace is a project fusing music reflecting the Protestant faith with music from around the world. Music Unite will host an intercultural evening of music and conversation, taking place at Skainos, East Belfast.

You can find more information or buy tickets from their website.



The Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC) will launch its Gender Action Plan (GAP) with the aim to ensure that young people studying in further and higher education in Scotland have equality of access to the skills and training that they need to pursue the career of their choice, regardless of gender.

GAP will be launched at City of Glasgow College by the Minister for Employability and Training, to an audience of student representatives, employers and senior staff from Scotland’s College and University sectors.

Further information about the day can be found here.



The council has organised a cycling event promoting a new community action group; “Walker Youth Voice”. The youth group would look at how youths can use their free time to get involved in improving the environment while helping to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area.

There will be an active bike ride with a professional instructor, followed by a bike maintenance workshop as well as fun arts and crafts activities for youths to create masterpieces to take home. In the evening, a talk will be given by the local Fire & Safety service as part of the monthly Walker Youth Voice meeting on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.



Young people of Salford will lead community events to mark the day and demonstrate their positive contribution to life in the city.

Have a look at their website to find out what’s happening near you.



Organised by Havering Youth Council, including Members of the Youth Parliament (MYPs), young people will be burying a time capsule in the grounds of the Havering Town Hall, to be opened in 2030. The capsule will contain items (chosen by young people in the borough) that represent the world we live in today, especially related to sustainable food and local transport.

Find out more about the event here


If you are inspired by International Youth Day and want to make a positive difference in the lives of other young people, you can get involved with You & Co in a number of different ways - as a National Youth Forum member, a youth ambassador or a peer mentor. We'd love to have you on board!