International Youth Camp Artek hosted the 9th International Children’s Festival “Let’s change the world to the better!”. Participants, representing 50 countries of the world, took part in discussions and developed a final document. It was addressed to the UN General Assembly. 

For International Youth Day, thousands of children throughout Ukraine took part in Youth Week.

From 18 July to 2 August, the National Commission of UNESCO, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme, UNDP and the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) supported Artek, one of the leading Ukrainian summer camps for children and youth, in hosting the 9th International Children’s Festival “Let’s change the world for the better!” 

From 11 to 12 August, youth organizations, schools and summer camps responded to a UN call and held various events aimed at increasing the participation of youth in solving the world’s problems. Discussions, debates, educational events, film screenings, competitions and festivals were held all over Ukraine, bringing into focus critical issues concerning youth and their role in the changing world.

Participants, representing 50 countries of the world, took part in discussions and developed a final document addressed to the UN General Assembly. 

The document emphasizes that although children’s rights are guaranteed, they are often violated, even though childre’s rights are secured in UN Agreements on Human Rights. For this reason, participants of the International Children’s Festival decided not only to create a World Children’s League of Nations, but also to address relevant proposals to the UN General Assembly.

Authors emphasized that protecting children and their rights today would provide the best outcome for the development of mankind tomorrow.

During Youth Week, members of the United Nations Country Team such as UNV, UNDP, UNOSDP, UNDPI, UNICEF and UNFPA offered children various activities to encourage their leadership skills and promote their understanding of various areas, such as employment, entrepreneurship, political inclusion, citizenship and protection of rights, and education, including on sexual and reproductive health.

UNO Kyiv initited the observance of Youth Week and encouraged various organizations to take part as well as provided information, publications, CDs of the film “One Day on Earth” and learning materials produced by UNO Kyiv, UNDP, UNICEF and other agencies.