By Inasa Umar, Youth Representative from the Maldives
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Brabim is an activist, writer and youth leader from Nepal.
For the first time in its history, the small South Asian country of Nepal is experiencing a huge demographic dividend. According to Nepal’s National Youth Policy (16-40 – many youth activists don't agree with its definition), approximately 20.8 percent of the total population of the country falls in the age group of 16-25 year olds, while 40.68 percent of the population lies within the age group of 16-40 and 70% of the population is under the age of 35. This phenomenon, where the youth accounts for the largest segment of the population of any country, is defined as ‘population dividend’ or ‘youth bulge’. This provides a unique opportunity for Nepal.
By Giovanna Lucignano, Social Media intern, Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP
“We are addressing youth today, because youth have placed themselves on the top of the agenda.”–Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
Youth activism and engagement can bring about important social changes that are sometimes left behind. You don’t have to wait to be an adult to be an active member of your community. Your opinion matters and it should be heard. Here’s a list of ideas of how you can participate locally and globally:
By Lei Phyu, Communications & Social Media Analyst, Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP
It pains me when people on social media comment that everyday civic engagement isn’t their responsibility and should be solely the work of governments and the UN.
Civic engagement is defined as “individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.”
By Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Director, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, New York
This year’s theme for the International Day of Democracy, “Making Space for Civil Society”, is extremely timely. Reports by many civil society organisations and networks – many of which are echoed in the recently released State of Civil Society Report 2015 by CIVICUS – point to the worrying number of at least 96 countries where serious threats to civic freedoms were reported in 2014.