Every year on August 12, International Youth Day is celebrated. The observance of the day is marked by the United Nations. The day aims to recognize the effort of the world’s youth in enhancing global society. It also promotes ways to engage them in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities.
Although the day is the observance of the United Nations it is not a public holiday.
Celebrations of International Youth Day
Many activities and events that take place around the day are to promote the benefits that young people bring into the world. Many countries participate in the global event that includes youth conferences on issues such as education and employment. Other activities include concerts promoting the world’s youth as well as various sporting events, parades and mobile exhibition that showcase young people’s achievements.
History/Background of International Youth Day
As per United Nation, youth defies age group between 15 and 24 years old making up one-sixth of the human population. Many of the young men and women lice in developing countries and their numbers are expected to rise.
In 1991 the idea of International Youth Day was proposed by young people who were gathered in Vienna, Austria for the first session of the UN’s World Youth Forum. It was recommended by the forum that the day should be declared especially for fundraising and promotional purposes to support the United Nations Youth Fund in partnership with a youth organization.
A resolution was proclaimed in 1998 to make August 12 as International Youth Day and it was adopted during the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth. That recommendation was later endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 1999. International Youth Day was first observed in 2000.