Youth Engagement for Global Action

I call on leaders and adults everywhere to do everything possible to enable the world’s youth to enjoy lives of safety, dignity and opportunity and contribute to the fullest of their great potential”

~ António Guterres 

“Youth Engagement for Global Action” is the theme of International Youth Day 2020, and is highlighting the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes. It’s time to draw lessons on how important their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be and how it can be significantly enhanced.

The United Nations recognises that “With only 10 years remaining to make the 2030 Agenda a reality for all, trust in public institutions is eroding. At the international level, against the backdrop of an increasingly polarized world, the international system of governance is currently undergoing a crisis of legitimacy and relevance. In particular, this crisis is rooted in the need to strengthen the capacity of the international system to act in concert and implement solutions to pressing challenges and threats (examples include some of the worst contemporary conflicts and humanitarian emergencies, as well as global challenges, such as the COVID19 outbreak and climate change)”.

The United Nations says that enabling the engagement of youth in formal political mechanisms does increase the fairness of political processes by reducing democratic deficits, contributes to better and more sustainable policies, and also has symbolic importance that can further contribute to restore trust in public institutions, especially among youth….

The Round Table Global Youth Awards is a pioneering initiative for schools and youth. The Global Projects & Awards supports and showcases extraordinary young people aged 11-25 around the world who are leading inspirational projects for a positive impact. Our online global talent bank offers opportunities for creation, collaboration and celebration between young people and forward-thinking organisations.

Through our 2020 Projects & Awards We are creating a global hub of inspiring youth talent and amazing, world changing innovations and ideas! if you are involved in a project or initiative that is helping change the world we want to hear from you! Do you know any students who are ambassadors for change? 

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a priority for everyone if we are to go ‘beyond sustainability’ and reverse the impact we are having on our planet. The Global Youth Awards have been supporting young people to do just that since 2012. 

The belief that age is a limiting factor in creating global change has been proven time and again to not be true. This is why we have sought out and rewarded youth pioneers for creating change in our Three Global Goals of Educational Innovation, Empowering Everyone and Environmental Rejuvenation. We believe these encompass all of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and are an easier and inclusive way of capturing the imagination and therefore the creative passion of youth wanting to get involved. 

Having sought out inspiring youth doing incredible things we have come to realise that every young person has the ability to create change in the world when they have passion and purpose. We believe in YOUTH. 

We would like to invite your school or organisation to participate in the biggest ever Global Youth Awards call to action with a Project For Change. Find out more here.

We are inviting schools, colleges, youth groups and individuals around the world who are working on or would like to work on exciting global or community project in line with our Three Global Goals of Educational Innovation, Empowering Everyone and Environmental Rejuvenation to be a part of our Global Youth Awards 2020. The awards are part of our charity and so both nomination and events are free to enter and attend!

Find out more about International Youth Day 2020 and join #31DaysOfYOUth, a social media campaign that will celebrate young people throughout the month of August, leading up and following International Day, to help spread the word and strike up a conversation surrounding youth engagement for global action!

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