International Youth Day

International Youth Day: Importance of the day


Every year on August 12, International Youth Day is observed to increase public awareness of the cultural and legal concerns affecting young people. The United Nations designated the day, which was first commemorated on August 12, 2000.

Governments and affiliated organisations use it as a chance to work on youth-related issues through cultural activities, workshops, concerts, and meetings with local and federal government officials. It’s interesting that it’s also referred to as a celebration of youngsters as prospective global partners.

More than 15% of the world’s population, or 1.21 billion people, are between the ages of 15 and 24, according to the United Nations World Youth Report for 2020. As was already noted, the major goal of International Youth Day is to address issues that are important to young people throughout the world, such as social justice, climate change, world peace, education, and other issues.

The theme “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All ages” serves as the theme for International Youth Day in 2022. On August 12, 1999, the UN General Assembly endorsed the concept of International Young Day to acknowledge and promote the significance of youth involvement in international affairs.

Prior to the inaugural meeting of the World Youth Forum of the United Nations System in Vienna, Austria, in 1991, the concept of celebrating International Youth Day was initially put out. After then, it took close to nine years to launch this project.