A New Stage of International Cooperation in the Field of Youth


  • Ioan Voicu


On the proposal of the Group of 77 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed by consensus an International Year of Youth (IYY): 12 August 2010 - 11 August 2011.

Under the theme “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”, the IYY is expected to encourage a more intensive dialogue and better understanding across generations and promote the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and freedoms, and solidarity.

The major objective is to harness the energy, imagination and initiatives of the world’s youth in overcoming the current challenges facing humankind. While giving prominence to youth active involvement in this complex area, the article deals more specifically with the younger generation’s contribution to fighting violence and corruption.

Regional initiatives, including those promoted in the Asia-Pacific region, are crucial in giving tangibility to youth aspirations for a globalization with a human face. Suggestions of action at local, national, regional and global levels are advanced, in harmony with the IYY objectives.