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August 12, 2021

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Courtesy, United Nations

2021 Theme:

"  Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for

Human  and

Planetary Health"

Secretary-General António Guterres


Courtesy, United Nations

Young people are on the frontlines of the

struggle to build a better future for

all.  The COVID-19 pandemic has

highlighted the dire need for

the kind of transformational

change they seek – and

young people must be

full partners in that effort."

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"With the world’s population expected to increase by 2 billion people in the next 30 years, it has become recognized by numerous stakeholders that simply producing a larger volume of healthier food more sustainably will not ensure human and planetary wellbeing. Other crucial challenges must also be addressed, such as the interlinkages embodied by the 2030 Agenda including poverty reduction; social inclusion; health care; biodiversity conservation; and climate change mitigation. It has been acknowledged that there is a need for inclusive support mechanisms that ensure youth continue to amplify efforts collectively and individually to restore the planet and protect life, while integrating biodiversity in the transformation of food systems.

The theme of International Youth Day 2021, “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”, highlights the success of such a global effort will not be achieved without the meaningful participation of young people.

During the 2021 ECOSOC Youth Forum (EYF), the issues and priorities highlighted by young participants included the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly related to its effect on human health, the environment, and food systems. As part of the official outcome recommendations of the EYF, young participants stressed the importance of working towards more equitable food systems. In addition, they highlighted the need for youth to make informed decisions on food choices through increasing global education on the healthiest and most sustainable options for both individuals and the environment. There were also recommendations on providing adequate capacity development with respect to the resilience of food systems, in particular during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in its aftermath.

Through youth education, engagement, innovation and entrepreneurial solutions, this year’s International Youth Day aims to provide a platform for young people to continue the momentum from the EYF in the lead up to the high-level Food Systems Summit. This year, International Youth Day will be virtually convened by DESA in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Major Group for Children and Youth."

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Global Reminder:


Twenty Young People Are Changing the Food System in Huge Ways

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The Youth of the Future Exists Today!


are making profound statements that

cannot be swept aside.  And as "action  speaks louder than words," younger

citizens are proving that 'catchy

phrase' to be ever so true with

 concerted "youthful efforts"

to ensure a better world. 

As time has passed from

era-to-era; from one mode

of learning to more advanced technological opportunities that

enhance knowledge & understanding, lessons learned - throughout time - 

have proven to be highly valuable for

the well-being of the whole of humanity.

Having an understanding that time itself certainly does not wait, progress and

change have also undoubtedly made

clear that innovations that

develop, improve and

sustain the human 

eixstence, have etched indeible

and lasting marks throughout human

history.  And that precedent cannot be

lost as the world progresses further

through the portals of the 21st century:

a new era also bearing the mark

of "youthful innovation &

ingenuity" - clever,

original, and inventive

ways of contributing to . . .

Transforming Food

Systems for

Human and

Planetary Health!

- EPACHA Foundation - 

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