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International Youth Day: ‘Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World’

Posted: Saturday, August 12, 2023. 2:15 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez:  Today is being celebrated around the world as International Youth Day.

The purpose is to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society.

The day is being observed under the theme, ‘Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World’.

The United Nations noted that the world is embarking on a green transition and the shift towards an environmentally sustainable and climate-friendly world is critical not only for responding to the global climate crisis but also for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“A successful transition towards a greener world will depend on the development of green skills in the population. Green skills are “knowledge, abilities, values, and attitudes needed to live in, develop and support a sustainable and resource-efficient society”. These include technical knowledge and skills that enable the effective use of green technologies and processes in occupational settings, as well as transversal skills that draw on a range of knowledge, values, and attitudes to facilitate environmentally sustainable decisions in work and in life,” the U.N. noted.

Special Envoy for the development of families and children, Rosanna Briceno said that the day serves to acknowledge the vital role of young people in shaping a sustainable future for all.

“From innovative ideas to grassroots initiatives, youths are driving positive change worldwide.

Let’s continue supporting and empowering them to be leaders and decision-makers,” Briceno said.

Youths around the world are encouraged to organize activities to raise awareness about the situation of youth in their country.


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