World Home Economics Day 2011, 21st March
Empowering for the digital World
International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding
As an international non-governmental organisation the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) – focus not only on current challenges but also on the decade ahead on future proofing which describes the elusive process of trying to anticipate future developments, so that action can be taken to minimise possible negative consequences, and to seize opportunities. The topic digital world as well as the International Year of Youth is linked with the future. Based on the UN resolution A/RES/64/134 the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding, August 2010 July 2011 was proclaimed.
It focuses on measures • to strengthen national capacities in the field of youth and • to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities available to young people
for full, effective and constructive participation in society and • to promote actions at all levels aimed at disseminating among young people
the ideals of peace, freedom, progress, solidarity and dedication to the objectives and goals of progress and development, including the Millennium Development Goals.
The International Federation for Home Economics is the only worldwide organisation concerned with Home Economics and Consumer Studies. IFHE is an International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO), having consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC, FAO, UNESCO, UNICEF) and with the Council of Europe.
Some of the 15 priority areas of the world programme of action for youth are similar to the IFHE aims and activities; these aspects are education, hunger and poverty, health, environment, girls and young women, participation, information and communication technologies and intergenerational.
IFHE supports the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding and calls upon Home Economists in all areas to strengthen there commitment in
• educating new scholars, to improve the potential of young people influence current social and economic conditions,
• the arena for everyday living to support developing human growth potential and human necessities or basic needs to be met,
• the curriculum area to facilitate students to discover and further develop their own resources and capabilities to be used in their personal lives, by directing their professional decisions and actions or preparing them for life,
• the societal arena to influence and develop policy to advocate for individuals, families and communities to achieve empowerment and wellbeing, to utilise transformative practices, and to facilitate sustainable futures,
IFHE promotes young professionals in the field of Home Economics through its Young Professionals Network. It offers young Home Economists international networking opportunities and international activities.
With its activities IFHE underlines the demand of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that “Youth deserve our full commitment – full access to education, adequate healthcare, employment opportunities, financial services and full participation in public life.”