Background

Countries, regions, and people all over the world are coming closer together through integrated economies, advances in technology, global communications and marketing. For people and cultures to thrive, the next generation must be prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to build strong, sustainable economies and with the values and principles necessary to nurture successful societies, communities, and families. Youth are powerful, energetic, committed members of society, whose strength as leaders is core of every country in a charging world. Youth have to power to contribute significantly to communities, to be equal and caring partners, to create positive change, and to imagine possibilities and directions. Therefore youth will need to live in a world accepting diversity, understanding the individual's impact on the well-being of others, and sharing the human dream of a better future that are not only desirable but essential.