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International Youth Day, 12 August 2017


Ran Ro(Public Relations Officer)


“Our most valued treasure is our people, especially the youth.”

-Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela-


International Youth Day is annually observed on August 12 to celebrate the achievements of the world’s youth and recognize their contributions to conflict prevention and peace. The United Nations(UN) defines the youth as the age from 15 to 24 years old, which makes up one-sixth of the current world population. With the adoption of resolution 54/120 in 1999, the UN designated the day after ideas were recommended by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in 1998.


Students at an UN-backed Development Project Site, Credit: UN Photo


According to the UN, the theme this year is “Youth Building Peace”. As the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is committed to fostering peaceful societies, it encourages young people’s contributions to social inclusion, justice, and peace. Goal 16 of the SDGs also aims to ensure even participation and decision-making at all levels, which aligns with the promotion of active involvement of youth in societies.


Cambodia Students at Hyundai-KOICA Dream Center, Credit: KOICA


KOICA works to improve the life of world’s youth in various sectors including education, health, human rights, etc. For example, KOICA, PlanKorea and Hyundai has cooperated in creating more jobs for the youth in Cambodia. Established in 2014 and opened officially in 2015, the Hyundai-KOICA Dream Center has provided classes on automobile maintenance.

Broadening young people’s capacity and upholding their freedom and decisions are important. As a government agency responsible for global development, KOICA will continue to support their lives by minimizing obstacles they face in the fields of education, healthcare, technology, etc.