International Youth Day

12th August 2023

2023 Theme: Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World

Today, the world is embarking on a green transition. The shift towards an environmentally sustainable and climate-friendly world is critical not only for responding to the global climate crisis but also for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A successful transition towards a greener world will depend on the development of green skills in the population. Green skills are “knowledge, abilities, values and attitudes needed to live in, develop and support a sustainable and resource-efficient society”.

These include technical knowledge and skills that enable the effective use of green technologies and processes in occupational settings, as well as transversal skills that draw on a range of knowledge, values and attitudes to facilitate environmentally sustainable decisions in work and in life. Due to their interdisciplinary nature, the essence of green skills is sometimes expressed, partly if not wholly, through other associated terms such as “skills for the future” and “skills for green jobs”. While green skills are relevant for people of all ages, they have heightened importance for younger people, who can contribute to the green transition for a longer period of time.

Youth day 2023

Celebrating Ways #YouthLead

Follow along at @UNYouthEnvoy on TwitterFacebookInstagram and TikTok. Creating your own #YouthLead content and sharing some of our key messages — which are all available in the campaign communications toolkit.

Young people can participate in the takeover via public submission (beginning 22 July; link to be available in the master Trello board) or partner nomination.

Please visit the UN Youth Envoy website to learn more about the campaign.


For the official commemoration of International Youth Day 2023, DESA will organize a global webinar in collaboration with the UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and Generation Unlimited. The webinar will offer critical information and data and will promote discussions and an exchange of ideas on green skills for youth. It will feature perspectives from international organizations, national governments and young experts working in this area. More information on this global webinar will be available in July. Knowledge products will be developed to support and encourage stakeholders to celebrate International Youth Day 2023 in their various contexts and roles. They will be available here in July 2023

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