Young people represent the majority of the population in most developing countries, where they are often directly exposed to the effects of climate change, conflict, exclusion or economic instability
But in many parts of the world, it is still difficult for youth to be heard and to influence decision-making processes.
In spite of these challenges, every day, across the globe, young people stand up for rights and against racism, hate speech, bullying and discrimination.
On Human Rights Day, we recognize the leadership and courageous efforts of young people to Stand Up for Human Rights.
And 71 years after its adoption, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights continues to serve as a fire of light for all, to come together to meet new and existing challenges.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works with national actors to promote a culture of human rights with young people at the centre.
On this Human Rights Day, let us commit to doing all that we can as individuals and organizations, to ensure that young people have safe and inclusive spaces and can participate in all decisions that impact on their wellbeing and their communities’ development.
As we enter this crucial Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals, UNDP is proud to continue to help empower young people to better know and claim their rights, which is critical to help build a brighter, more sustainable and more inclusive future.