Namibia to celebrate International Youth Day

07 Aug 2013 08:50
WINDHOEK, 07 AUG (NAMPA) – Namibia will join the rest of the world on Monday in celebrating International Youth Day 2013 under the theme “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward”.
The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) here, in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), is organizing the event, slated for the United Nations (UN) House in the capital.
An invitation to the event said the annually-celebrated International Youth Day puts the focus on young migrants themselves.
“We talk about the potential economic and social impacts of migration on countries. But who really understands the livelihood struggles and opportunities young migrants face?” asked the invite.
On 17 December 1999 in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 08 to 12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.
According to the United Nations’ web site, there were an estimated 27 million international young migrants in 2010.
It said while migration can often offer valuable opportunities and contribute to the development of communities and society at large, it can also pose risks and lead to unacceptable situations, including discrimination and exploitation.
The UN said the 2013 observance of International Youth Day will raise awareness of the opportunities and risks associated with youth migration, share knowledge and information stemming from recent research and analysis on this topic, and engage young people in discussions on their migration experiences.