International Youth Day is observed on August 12. It serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change and is an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and problems facing the world’s young people.
Many activities and events that take place around the world on International Youth Day promote the benefits that young people bring into the world.
In India, we celebrate National Youth Day on January 12, 2020, on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. The decision to celebrated the day was taken by the Indian Government in 1984. Swami Vivekananda personified the eternal energy of the youth and their restless quest for truth.
History of International Youth Day:
On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the UN General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) calling for 12 August to be declared International Youth Day.
The day is commemorated every year to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society.
International Youth Day 2020 Theme:
This year’s theme for IYD is “Youth Engagement for Global Action”. The theme seems to highlight how the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced, reports United Nations.
International Youth Day Quotes:
- “The Youth need to be enabled to become job generators from job seekers” – APJ Abdul Kalam.
- “Youth is in a grand flush, like the hot days of ending summer; and pleasant dreams thrall your spirit, like the smoky atmosphere that bathes the landscape of an August day” – Donald G. Mitchell.
- “Everybody’s youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.
- “Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die” – Herbert Hoover.