Dear youth partners,
I am really pleased to announce that the United Nations recently proclaimed an International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding starting on 12 August 2010 and ending on 12 August 2011. This is done in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world's youth in overcoming the challenges facing humankind, from enhancing peace to developing mutual understanding between people of different cultures.
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations is part of a small steering committee lead by the United Nations Programme on Youth and tasked with the international coordination of this important initiative. In the coming months, consultations about the proposed objectives, key messages, list of activities, etc. will be held. In parallel to this, and most importantly, national and regional youth organizations will be strongly encouraged to take ownership over this initiative and raise awareness about the leadership role that youth play in fostering dialogue and mutual understanding. You are encouraged to consult the following United Nations website for regular updates: http://social.un.org/youthyear/ .
The first consultation organized by the United Nations as part of the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding pertains to its slogan. We are looking for a powerful 1 to 5 word slogan that encapsulates the International Year and its theme, Dialogue and Mutual Understanding. To support this, the United Nations launched a Facebook page entitled "United Nations International Year of Youth". The page is available at: www.facebook.com/pages/United-Nations-International-Year-of-Youth/398805690289 . From 25 January 2010 to 12 February 2010, you are asked to suggest a slogan for the International Year and to vote on your favorites through the "like" function.
Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/unyouthyear
Join the facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=name&id=100000636643703
Suggest a slogan: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=294853750812
Check out the website: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/year/
Please spread the word among your members, colleagues and friends, and ask them to suggest slogans!