The 2021 theme for International Youth Day (IYD) is: Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health, calling attention to the need for development of more equitable and resilient food systems, to restore the planet and protect life, while integrating biodiversity in the transformation of food systems.
PAHO commemoration of IYD 2021
Since 2015, PAHO has organized actions on IYD, related to the year’s theme and applied to PAHO’s scope of technical cooperation.
Some considerations related to this year’s theme:
- The connection between food systems and young people with indigenous roots and ancestors. Indigenous people have valuable expertise in sustainable processes and the use of local resources.
- The use of local resources boosts local trade and employment, which is critical in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.
- The Red de Jóvenes Indígenas (RED-LAC), as part of the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus, have actively engaged in advocacy and global discussions related to sustainable and resilient food systems, including organization of a Global Forum on Indigenous Youth, co-organized with FAO, where indigenous youth made recommendations for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021.