International Youth Day comes on August 12 of every year. The primary purpose of International Youth Day (IYD) is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The day recognizes the efforts of the world’s young people in enhancing world society. Youth Day also aims to engage young people to become more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities. Hence International Youth Day is an opportunity for governments and other agencies to draw attention to youth issues worldwide. On Youth Day, concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and youth organizations take place around the world.
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” – Sophia Loren
History of International Youth Day
The United Nations created the International Youth Day, and it was first observed on 12th August of 2000. The United Nations describes the world’s youth from the age of 15 to 24 years – which makes the one-sixth of the human population. Most of the people between these ages were living in developing countries, and their numbers are expected to rise steeply. The young people who gathered in Vienna, Austria, for the first session of the UN’s World Youth Forum started the idea for the day in 1991. The conference declared International Youth Day for fundraising and promotional purposes to support the United Nations Youth Fund in partnership with youth organizations. During the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in 1998, a resolution proclaiming August 12 as International Youth Day was adopted. UN General Assembly endorsed that recommendation in 1999, and Youth Day was first observed in 2000. International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating the contribution of young people to conflict prevention and transformation, as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. Mostly UN logo is used as marketing and promoting material for this day. The logo features a projection of a world map centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches. The olive branches represent peace, and the world map represents the people around the world. It has been highlighted in black color against a white background.
Other Celebrations on August 12
August 12 is also celebrated as
- Middle Child Day
- World Elephant Day
- National Vinyl Record Day
- National Garage Sale Day
- National Bowling Day
How to Celebrate the Day
The best way to celebrate the day is by participating in the activities and events that take place around the world on that day. The events will promote the benefits that young people bring to the world. Several countries participate in those global events, which may include youth conferences on issues like education and employment. Other activities may also include concerts promoting the world’s youth, as well as various sporting events, parades, and mobile exhibitions that showcase the achievements of young people. You can also use the hashtag #InternationalYouthDay or #YouthDay to post on social media to express your views on youth day.
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