International Days

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction – 13th October 2017

World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2017

World Habitat Day – 2nd October 2017

World Literacy Day – 8th August 2017

World Humanitarian Day – 19th August 2017

Nelson Mandela Day – 18th July 2017

The UN declared July 18 as Nelson Mandela Day to honour the former South African President’s contribution to peace and freedom. This year, with the theme ‘Action Against Poverty’, let’s play our role in alleviating poverty, promoting social justice and humane imprisonment conditions! #NelsonMandela #ActionAgainstPoverty #CYCVoice

World Refugee Day – 20th June 2017

In a world where violence forces hundreds of families to flee their country and seek refuge in another, the World Refugee Day is celebrated to commemorate the strength and resilience of millions of refugees. The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”; the theme honours TOGETHER which is a global initiative that commenced during the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016. #peaceday #jointogether #CYCVoice

World Day Against Child Labour – 13th June 2017

Approximately 200 million people are affected by disasters every year; unfortunately, a good proportion are children. Disasters ruin livelihoods and displace families from their homes which may lead to children being forced into labour. In conflicts and disasters, let’s join forces to protect children from child labour. #NOChildLabour #CYCVoice

World Oceans Day – 8th June 2017

The World Oceans Day celebrates global efforts towards the preservation and conservation of the ocean; it is a vehicle to recognise the vital role that the ocean plays in our lives and the aquatic animals it is home to. “Our Oceans, Our Future”, the theme for this year, encourages creative and critical solutions to plastic pollution for a cleaner ocean. Plastic pollution is especially dangerous to aquatic animals because the plastic is mistaken for food and ingested by the animals. Let’s work together towards healthier oceans! #WorldOceansDay #CYCVoice

World Environment Day – 5th June 2017

Celebrated on June 5, the World Environment Day encourages worldwide awareness about pressing environmental issues; it is also a day for people all over the world to join hands and make a sustainable positive impact on the environment. First celebrated in 1974 with the theme “Only One World”, over the years it has become a widely celebrated day for people to realise their power in becoming agents of change. In 2017, the theme is “Connecting People to Nature” beseeches us to truly appreciate the vital relationship between man and nature and to think about ways to protect the Earth. #ConnectingPeopletoNature #WED2017 #CYCVoice

Africa Day – 25th May 2017

Happy Africa Day!

Mother’s Day – 14th May 2017

Let’s celebrate our mothers who have sacrificed so much — late nights and dirty diapers — and showered us with tons of love. There’s no love like a mother’s love. Happy Mother’s Day! #Mother’sDay

World Press Freedom Day – 3rd May 2017

The World Press Freedom Day, declared by the UN General Assembly, was first celebrated on May 3 1998 in England with the theme “Press Freedom is a Cornerstone of Human Rights”. This year, under the theme “Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies”, participants of the the international conference in Jakarta, Indonesia will examine press freedom around the world and the trend of attacks against journalists. On this day, let us all celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom and freedom of expression.

#PressFreedom #WPFD2017!

World Malaria Day – 25th April 2017

World Malaria Day is an international observance day by the World Health Organization to commemorate international efforts to prevent the rising of Malaria cases. This year, with the theme ‘A Push for Prevention’, join the Commonwealth Youth Council to spread awareness to close the gap in malaria prevention. Although new malaria cases fell by 21% globally between 2010 and 2015, an estimated 43% of people at risk in sub-Saharan Africa were not protected. In the region, insecticide-treated nets have had the greatest impact, accounting for an estimated 69% of cases prevented through control tools.

#WorldMalariaDay #PushForPrevention #EndMalaria #EducatePracticeProtect #CYC

International Day of Happiness – 20th March 2017

Since 2013, the world has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of human beings around the world. The day is also a good opportunity to highlight the Sustainable Development Goals, a global plan of action that, if achieved, will lead to the well-being of all people. These 17 interlinked goals, adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations, protect our people and our planet so that everyone, no matter where they live, can live their happiest lives.

This year the #CYC joins the UN International Day of Happiness Ambassadors, Smurfs to advocate for collective responsibility in achieving the #GlobalGoals. Smurfs may be small, but they can still make a big difference in making our world a happier place. It doesn’t matter how small or big you are – everyone is part of the solution. Each and every one of us can make a difference.

Every person of any age, plus every classroom, business and government – is invited to celebrate the International Day of Happiness each year on March 20.


‘A Peace-building Commonwealth’ for Commonwealth Day – 13th March 2017

Commonwealth Day provides each of us, as members of this worldwide family, with a chance to recommit ourselves to upholding the values of the Commonwealth Charter. As we celebrate Commonwealth Day today, the Commonwealth Youth Council reflects back to the Commonwealth Youth Forum. It has been inspiring to see so many young people come together to exchange ideas, share stories, learn each other’s culture and develop common goals. Today, it is almost a year since the Commonwealth Youth Council executives took office. It has been an exciting 12 months working with fellow youth and stakeholders to champion and push forward the agenda of youth representation and empowerment.

During this time, one among the many things we cherish is the partnership between friends, civil societies, countries and also continents in delivering the mandate of youth development.

In the Commonwealth family of nations, we are countries of dramatically different sizes, cultures and climate. But building on our shared history, we have embraced the diversity among us and develop mutual cooperation, for the benefit of our communities. Driven by these shared values, we foster our relationship and provide a source of strength to the global community, especially in today’s climate of increasing uncertainty and insecurity. It is with this good spirit in heart and mind, that we embrace this year’s Commonwealth Day theme “A peace-building Commonwealth!”

Young people have been significantly affected by violent extremism in recent years. However, they are the ones at the forefront of efforts to promote peace and fight against prejudices and injustice. We shall continue to challenge dangerous and destructive narratives, to protect the vulnerable from damaging propaganda, and to stand up for the shared values that unite us. Let us continue to invest our energy, efforts and innovative power to reject the message of division, hate and fear! With this collective recommitment to our values, we celebrate “A peace-building Commonwealth”!


International Women’s Day – 8th March 2017

Commonwealth Youth Council to partner & launch Intergenerational Mentorship Programme on #IWD2017
On International Women’s Day, we rededicate ourselves to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women and renew our commitment to removing the many obstacles that impede full and equal participation by women at so many levels. We are reminded that women and girls continue to be subjected to grievous vulnerabilities; and that they are also endowed with remarkable reserves of #resilience, #resourcefulness, and #fortitude. We have an obligation to them of support and solidarity.

We should also #strengthen women’s voices and #representation to change the shape of the discussion. I am pleased that to share that the Commonwealth Youth Council, Commonwealth Youth Gender Equality Network in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat and Rotary in Caribbean & Canada will be launching an intergenerational mentorship programme to empower girls & young women leaders across the #Commonwealth. We must ensure that the lessons learnt and gains made in one generation are passed to those of the future.

This International Women’s Day and every day, let us continue to celebrate the positive contributions women make as a vital part of our society. Women enrich every aspect of our lives and inspire us to be bold for change.
#IAmBold #WeAreBold #BeBoldForChange #CYC #CYGEN