International Youth Day or World Youth Day is one of the awareness days celebrated on every 12th of August. This day is celebrated to recognize the importance and hard work of the Youth and also draw attention to the cultural and legal issues surrounded by our youth. International Youth Day is one of the most important days to promote different ways to engage the young generation of our world to help them and contribute more to our communities and society.
Theme of International Youth Day 2021
This year the theme of International Youth Day 2021 is- “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health” with the goal to highlighting that such a global initiative will not be successful without the active engagement of young people.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly its effect on human health, the environment, and food systems, was one of the topics and priorities raised by young participants during the ECOSOC Youth Forum (EYF) in 2021. Young participants emphasized the importance of working toward more equitable food systems as part of the EYF’s official result recommendations. They also emphasised the importance of boosting global knowledge on the healthiest and most sustainable options for both humans and the environment in order for adolescents to make informed food choices. Recommendations were also made regarding the development of adequate capacity for the resilience of food systems, particularly during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, which is currently occurring.
COVID-19 pandemic was one of the topics and priorities that young participants raised during the ECOSOC Youth Forum (EYF) in 2021. To achieve more equitable food systems, young participants made official EYF result recommendations. Youth must be informed about healthy and sustainable food options, they said. In addition, there were recommendations on how to build the food systems’ resilience, particularly during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, which is currently occurring.
The UN General Assembly decided to celebrate first International Youth Day on 12 August 1999 with a specific theme to highlight youth issues. Every year the United Nations decides the theme of International Youth Day which raises awareness about the challenges and problems faced by our youth.
History of International Youth day
International Youth Day was observed on 12 August which gives an opportunity for our Government to draw the attention of youth issues worldwide. Before the celebration of International Youth Day, In 1985 International Youth year was created and after 10 years some rules and guidelines were established to help people and make them work together to improve the lives of young people.
There are 15 areas which are identified for the youth concern are: “Education, Employment, Poverty, Health, The Environment, Drugs, HIV & AIDS, Young Girls and Women, Globalization, youth conflicts, communication technologies, time activities and Intergenerational relations.
In 1999 International Youth Day was created to accomplish these aims and to understand the issues of our youth. This day was created by United Nations Resolution 54/120, It is a day for people to keep in mind about these aims and to know that what they can do for the youth of our world.
Importance of International Youth Day
Youth Day is Important as it focuses on making a better world for the children with a set of priorities according to improvements in the lives of children
Youth Day also helps in making awareness about poverty, many of the children are hungry due to poverty they cannot afford food so it is important to raise awareness about the poverty issues.
International Youth Day sets the list of priorities which helps them to think about the important thing that can help our kids and young generations.
International Youth Day celebration
On this day different activities and events are organized all over the world. This event includes concerts, fairs, festivals, exhibitions, and even sporting events. Most of the people organize event according to the provided Theme.
Past Themes of International Youth Day
International Youth Day 2019 is “Transforming Education”.
International Youth Day 2018 theme-> Safe Space for Youth
International Youth Day 2017 theme-> Youth Building Peace
International Youth Day 2016 theme-> Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainability