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Since being endorsed by the General Assembly in 1999, 12 August has marked International Youth Day to acknowledge and amplify the importance of youth participation in current affairs. UNFPA champions the rights of young people and works toward enabling them to fulfill their potential. 

This year’s theme is “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages” to combat ageism and build bridges between generations. Mr. Langjia Ziyu, a young Chinese craftsman sat down with Dr. Justine Coulson, the UNFPA Representative in China. They discussed ageism, and exchanged ideas on how the younger and older generations can work together for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.