On August 12, 2015 will mark the celebration of International Youth Day at which time over 100,000 young people around the world including Liberia, will be taking action to show that they as the largest generation of young people in history, have the power to hold their governments to account over the promises made in 2015.
In September of this year, world leaders will meet in New York to announce a new set of global goals, the Sustainable Development Goals, which will shape the future of people and planet by ending poverty, inequality and climate change.
While in December, world leaders will meet in Paris to discuss new climate agreements, which could set us on a path for a safer, renewable future. This offers an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically transform the lives of young people and fulfill their human rights.
Over 100 action/2015 events will take place worldwide on International Youth Day. From underwater demonstrations on the impacts of climate change in Sri Lanka to a Dalit and Indigenous Youth Summit in Lucknow, India, where young people will take meaningful action in their communities.
To amplify this global action, a team of 35 young volunteers will take part in a hackathon in the UK, collecting, creating and sharing all of the amazing content from action/2015 International Youth Day events around the world to further raise awareness.
While in Liberia, programs marking the International Youth Day will be held in the City of Gbarnga, Bong County and the national mobilization events being organized by action/2015 Liberia will include a Marathon Youth Run, Workshop on the Role of Young people in Humanitarian action/aid, a Youth Debate on Gender Equality and Poverty, kickball and football games and a musical concert in which over 1, 500 youths will participate to create awareness about issues affecting young people in the country.
The slogan for the Gbarnga’s celebration is’ Youth Power It Is Down To Us’. Action/2015, one of the world’s largest civil society campaigns, is calling on the public to join them in their calls to ensure world leaders commit to a better world.
At the UN General Assembly and unveiling of the Sustainable Development Goals in September this year, action/2015 will continue to mobilize the public in New York and across the world to remind leaders that they are watching and calling for ambitious goals for everyone.
Samuel Chanchan, Focal Person of Action/2015 in Liberia said: “This year world leaders are making big decisions about the most important issues our generation faces; how they will tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. It is down to us to make sure they make big promises, and to ensure that these promises are kept.’’