International Youth Day Celebrated in Kenya and Around the World with a Focus on Youth and Mental Health
International Youth Day, which for the last 15 years has taken place, was held on 12 August 2014. This year's celebration aimed, in particular, to raise awareness of the social exclusion experienced by youth living with mental health conditions. Events took place around the world.
In Kenya, where 75 per cent of the country's adult population is below the age of 30, the commemoration was particularly vibrant, with speakers ranging from UN youth representatives to Nairobi City County Deputy Governor Jonathan Mueke to renowned Kenyan businessman and CEO of Comcraft, Manu Chandaria.
UNEP's Tunza Youth network held a number of sessions around issues such as, substance abuse and violence, youth unemployment and national peace, cohesion and environment. The latter involved a cleanup activity in Nairobi's Uhuru Park, which aimed to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining a clean and healthy environment for human health and well-being.