Ander Añibarro: "The presence of youth is basic to any social and economic action undertaken by Basque and European institutions"
- International Youth Day is celebrated tomorrow, Sunday, August 12
- This year's theme is "Safe cities and safe public spaces - Safe spaces for youth"
- # safespaces4youth #youthday
VG 2018 08 11
The director of Youth of the Department of Employment and Social Policies of the Basque Government, Ander Añibarro, believes that "the presence of youth is basic to any social and economic action undertaken by Basque and European institutions." The International Youth Day is celebrated tomorrow, Sunday, August 12 with the slogan "Safe cities and safe public spaces, Safe spaces for youth". This day highlights "the potential of youth, an indispensable part in the construction of world society."
"Young people need safe spaces where they can meet and participate in activities related to their needs and interests, in the decision-making processes and to express themselves freely. Safe spaces such as civic, cultural, sports and youth centers allow young people to participate in governance issues. Safe spaces offer the opportunity to participate in sports and other leisure activities in the community. Digital spaces must also be safe to interact virtually".
On the occasion of the day that takes place tomorrow, Ander Añibarro recalled "the progress that the Basque Country is making in terms of youth both in the field of training and in the field of employment. Fortunately, there is a better situation for our youth than the one lived eight or nine years ago, although there is still a lot to do. Jobs are changing in parallel to technological innovation, especially in terms of digitization ".
"But also the Youth occupies a special space in the social field, of solidarity, of sustainability and in the design of what will be our environment in only ten years, with all its rights and obligations. Therefore, Basque youth must be present in the consultative forums, fully participating in the definition of the immediate future" adds Ander Añibarro. The director highlights the "initiatives undertaken by the Basque Government in the area of Family, Children and Youth".
In 1999 the UN General Assembly designated the day that commemorates annually "the role of young people as indispensable agents of change", as well as to sensitize society to the challenges and problems they must face.
The United Nations believes that "young people -a group of people between the ages of 18 and 29- are fundamental agents of social change, economic development and technological innovation, as well as the maintenance and promotion of peace. His imagination, ideals, energy and vision are essential for the continued development of the societies of which they are a part".