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International Youth Day 2008: Youth and Climate Change
Detail: 12 August was declared International Youth Day on December 17, 1999 at the General Assembly of the United Nations where the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth endorsed the resolution. International Youth Day gives the world an opportunity to recognize the potential of youth, to celebrate their achievements, and plan for ways to better engage young people to successfully take action in the development of their societies. It presents a unique opportunity for all stakeholders to rally together to ensure that young people are included in decision-making at all levels. The theme for 2008 is "Youth and Climate Change: Time for Action."

The selection of this theme for IYD 2008 is in recognition of the fact that climate change has already begun to devastate communities and deepen the effects of poverty and hunger. This situation complicates the challenges that youth face. However, young people are increasingly adding their voices to the call for action on climate change.

Directions for Our Youth (DFOY), a non-profit organization focusing on the mission to provide exposure, inspiration and direction for thousands of New York City's teens, will orchestrate an event where hundreds of New York City youth will be joined by a thousand youth from around the world on International Youth Day. Young people will participate in an interactive art exhibit, an international fashion show, chess tournament, athletic events and roundtable discussions. In addition, there will be special performances by Karina Persian and DJ Enuff. More celebrity guests to be announced in conjunction with Tala Entertainment Services and New York's number one hip-hop radio station, Hot97.

Globally, the celebration in New York City will be joined by celebrations in Bangladesh, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Mali, Mauritius, Nepal, Nigeria, Serbia, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe among others.
Date: August 2 2008