International Youth Day

ACEI celebrates the world’s youth as powerful agents of positive change in recognition of International Youth Day on 12 August.

This year’s theme, The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production, highlights the essential role that youth will play in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Around the world, young people (#YouthofUNESCO) are creating sustainable futures for the coming generations by working to ensure poverty eradication and to achieve sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production. The foundation of sustainable consumption is meeting the basic commodity needs of communities while safeguarding the needs of future generations. Promoting eco-efficiency and minimizing waste and pollution is critical to achieving equitable socioeconomic development.

#YouthofUNESCO sustainable consumption advocate Lauren Singer serves as inspiration for a zero-waste life-style, fitting all of her refuse produced over the past four years into one small jar.

Learn more here.

Note: UNESCO uses the United Nations’ universal definition of “youth” as persons between the ages of 15 and 24 years. This is to ensure statistical consistency across regions. For activities at the national level, “youth” may be understood in a more flexible manner.

Anne Bauer