12 August: UN International Youth Day

un-logoIn 1995 the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth, setting a policy framework and guidelines for national action and international support to improve the situation of young people. 15 Priority Areas were adopted by the UNGA, such as ducation, employment, environment, participation, Information and communication technologies.  In a follow-up action, in 1999 the UNGA decided  that 12 August be declared International Youth Day (IYD).

The theme of the 2016 IYD is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”. This year’s IYD is about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It focuses on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production.

bandoToday, the World Programme of Action for Youth plays a prominent role in youth development. It focuses on measures to strengthen national capacities in the field of youth and to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities available to young people for full, effective and constructive participation in society.

More information on the website here


youthparliamentMedWet takes the opportunity of this celebration to highlight its involvement with youth generations through a draft project aiming at the creation of a Mediterranean Youth Parliament for Wetlands.

The basic aim of the project is to involve young generations in contributing to the conservation and wise use of wetlands as part of integrated water resources management in the Mediterranean. To achieve this goal, the project will pursue two specific interconnected objectives:

  • To involve and train young students at Mediterranean schools in the conservation of wetlands; and
  • To involve them in the strengthening of decentralized cooperation in the Mediterranean through intercultural exchange and technology transfer among students, NGOs and parliamentarians from the same country and between different countries in the region.

Plus d’informations on the flyer here


MedWet logotipo-original-colortourduvalatMedWet also wants to focus on youth involvement in conservation and research, that is why each week will be the occasion to focus on one youth profile practicing research in the Research Institute for the Conservation of Mediterranean Wetlands of la Tour du Valat, where the MedWet office is located, and will show you the youth engagement within research and conservation activities for wetlands. More to come next week!