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The #YouthPower of International Youth Day

Five continents. 80 countries. 100,000 young activists. This International Youth Day, the largest generation of young people in history unleashed their #YouthPower.

2015 is a crucial year for key decisions being made to tackle climate change, poverty and inequality - and young people will be amongst those most affected. Young activists leading Youth Day campaigns for action/2015 made their voice heard, reminding world leaders not to back down on their promise to deliver the global goals.

On social media, hundreds of you tweeted about what #YouthPower means to you - including striking some pretty awesome Power Poses! Offline, communities globally hit the streets. From marches to workshops, flashmobs to meetings with key decisions makes, thousands of you engaged citizens in a movement for change. Highlights include:

An underwater protest in Sri Lanka

A ‘hackathon’ at Google Campus, UK with over 30 young volunteers working to amplify #YouthPower messages from around the world

Drama, songs, speeches and performances in India

Young campaigner Ladan Takow of @ESomaliWomen joined Restless Development to light up London landmarks with rarely seen photos of Eleanor Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela and others in their youth.

#YouthPower dancers drew a crowd with their flashmob in a South African train station

Cycling demonstrations for climate justice in Uganda

Young entrepreneur Jamal Edwards visited a music school in Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum, to see what #YouthPower means to the young people there:

And young musicians, DJs and actors called on their fans to show their #YouthPower by striking a Power Pose:

The campaign was also featured on publications including The Guardian, UpWorthy and Huffington Post.

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International Youth Day may be over for another year, but there’s so much more to come. Follow us and like us as we call on world leaders to make a better future for people and planet.