International Youth Day: History, Significance, Themes

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Feb 18, 2022, 12:57

International Youth Day is annually celebrated on 12th August. The United Nations (UN) declared this day to spread awareness and consciousness about engaging and encouraging the participation of upcoming generations.

The First International Youth Day was celebrated in 1999 after the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed a resolution accepting the recommendations of the World Ministers' Meeting on Youth in Lisbon.

History of International Youth Day

In 1965, the UN General Assembly began working on a declaration promoting the ideals of peace, mutual respect, and international understanding among young people.

On 17th December 1999, the UN General Assembly approved the recommendations of the World Ministers' Meeting on Youth, and the International Youth Convention was established. Since then, 12th August is celebrated as International Youth Day and has been used to educate society, mobilize political youth, and manage resources to address global issues.

Significance of International Youth Day 

This day is dedicated to the role young people play in addressing global issues and making a difference in achieving sustainable development.

This day also recognizes the contributions of the youth working to bring about positive change around the world as catalysts for peace and prosperity not only in the community but also on the world stage.

Today's young generation is the largest in history, with more than 3 billion young people under the age of 30. As half of the world's population, the healthy generation of young people has unparalleled potential to help improve our society.

Relevance of World Youth Day

This day focuses on the difficulties experienced by some young people around the world. Half of the children between the ages of 6 and 13 lack basic literacy and computing skills, and child poverty remains a pervasive problem worldwide.

World Youth Day was created by the United Nations to raise awareness of these issues as we strive to find solutions. It's a day of reflection, but it's also a day of action. 

Themes of World Youth Day

  • 2016: 'Youth Leading Sustainability
  • 2017: 'Youth Building Peace 
  • 2018: 'Safe Spaces for Youth' 
  • 2019: 'Transforming Education'

The International Youth Convention emphasizes youth rights to education, medical care, employment, cash benefits, and full access to full participation in public life.

How is International Youth Day Celebrated?

World Youth Day includes cultural events, workshops, conferences, concerts, seminars, and meetings with national and local government officials and youth organizations around the world. The theme and slogan of the day change each year, covering a variety of issues that affect young people today.

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FAQs About International Youth Day

  • Who created International Youth Day?

The UN General Assembly started International Youth Day in 1999.

  • What is the purpose of International Youth Day?

The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of potential problems young people around the world are facing and to celebrate their achievements.

  • What is the theme of International Youth Day 2021?

The theme of International Youth Day 2021 was "Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health".