International Youth Day (IYD) - 12 August.

Each year on August 12, we observe International Youth Day (IYD).  On this day, we celebrate youth across the globe to honor the promising future in today’s society.  In addition, the day also brings worldwide awareness to issues youth face in their lives on a daily basis.

The World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth first would make recommendations to the United Nations to honor youth on an international level.  In 1999, after the precedent was set, U.N. Resolution 54-120 became a reality. Since then, International Youth Day celebrates “to promote better awareness of the World Programme of Action for Youth” on an international level, respectively.

There are nearly 2 million youth across the world ages 10 to 24. Unfortunately, almost half live in war-torn areas.  Also, many of today’s youth do not have access to education, healthcare, jobs, and opportunity.  Even though youth unemployment is high, many are very tech-savvy.  In fact, youth today adapt quickly to technology changes.

One of the main goals of IYD is to teach youth how to make a better life for themselves.  Beginning with empowerment, youth learn to have become involved in society.  Teaching youth how to deal with social injustice and promote peace ensure future generations will make the world a better place.

Through U.N. Resolution 54-120, International Youth Day has celebrated youth across the world since 1999.  Additionally, each year, a new theme becomes a priority for celebrations across the globe.

The theme of International Youth Day 2022 is "Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages".

The objective of International Youth Day 2022 is to amplify the message that action is needed across all generations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and leave no one behind. It will also raise awareness on certain barriers to intergenerational solidarity, notably ageism, which impacts young and old persons, while having detrimental effects on society as a whole.

Source: www.un.org


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