Did you know that today is International Youth Day? It was started by the United Nations in 1999 to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society.
Now, more than ever, governments, international organizations, civil society, and others need to put an emphasis on youth inclusion in order to ensure a vibrant future for all. With over 50% of the world’s population under the age of 25, it is also extremely important that young people have access to the relevant skills, knowledge and opportunities to enable them to excel and contribute to the fight against extreme poverty and inequality.
The World Bank Group Youth Summit, which was established in 2013, serves as a platform for conversation and action to make the World Bank Group more relevant to global youth and to better involve them in the work of the Bank Group. We invite you to join us on Oct. 7, in person or virtually, to discuss how young people can play a role in making governments more open and responsive to the needs of society. The event, which is being held on the eve of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Annual Meetings, will be hosted in partnership with the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth.
The one-day event will include high-level plenary discussions and targeted workshops that aim to both strengthen the technical knowledge of young people and provide a learning space to enhance individual and organizational capacities. The Summit aims to convene young civil society and NGO leaders, students, government officials, technical experts, and practitioners. The sub-themes of the Summit will focus specifically on transparency, accountability, and collaboration, measures understood to end corruption and promote open and responsive governments.
Given that the Summit is a grassroots initiative organized by young staff of the World Bank Group, limited resources will be used to ensure that youth groups from different countries have an opportunity to participate in the event through videoconferences, social media, and other outreach initiatives that will allow for meaningful conversation around the theme of the event. For more information or to register for the Summit, please click here.