In its resolution proclaiming the Year, the General Assembly called on governments, civil
society, individuals and communities worldwide to support activities at local and international
levels to mark the event.
Under the theme ‘Dialogue and Mutual Understanding,’ the Year aims to encourage dialogue and
understanding across generations and promote the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and
freedoms, and solidarity.
It also encourages young people to dedicate themselves to fostering progress, including the
attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to slash a host of social
ills, ranging from extreme poverty and hunger to maternal and infant mortality to lack of access to
education and health care, all by 2015.
Several international events are already scheduled throughout the year, including the Fifth
World Youth Congress from 31 July to 13 August in Istanbul, and the World Conference for Youth in
Mexico City from 24 to 27 August. Both gatherings will focus on youth and sustainable development
in the context of the MDGs.
The inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore from 14 to 26 August will seek to inspire
youth around the world to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of excellence, friendship