|General Description :
||The United Nations has proclaimed 1985 International Youth Year. In this way the UN intends to establish an awareness of the problems encountered by young people, and to encourage the implementation of solutions that promote their participation in development and peace. World youth face a number of difficulties. For millions of young people unemployed has become a daily reality. Without a steady income, they find it hard to participate in the development of society and to find answers to issued such as human rights, disarmament, and the environment that concern the world. Their problems may well intensify, because the global population between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four, which stood at 738 million in 1975, is expected to reach 1,800 million by year 2000. International Youth Year was designed to channel young people's energy and creativity. Its theme encompasses the concepts of Participation, Development, and Peace. Participation signifies individuals making decisions that affect their lives. Development is a process that links personal growth to the social, economic, and political changes in one's community. Finally, the concept of Peace is the building of mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation among people - an essential condition for participation and development. Canada's 4.5 million young people are encourage to make an active contribution to the decision-making process at all three levels of government, and to look for new ways of dealing with the issued that concern them. Activities planned for the year range from athletic competitions for handicapped youth to a nationwide reforestation project.