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 2020
This year the theme of International Youth Day 2020 is- “Youth Engagement for Global Action”
“Youth Engagement for Global Action” is a theme for the International Youth Day 2020 which focuses both on how the participation of young people at the state, national and global level strengthens national and multilateral structures and processes, and on how to substantially improve their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics.
As the UN turns 75, and with just 10 years left to make the 2030 Agenda a reality for everyone, confidence in public institutions is eroding. In an ever more divided environment, the international governance structure is currently facing a crisis of legitimacy and significance at the international level.
COVID-19’s economic effects will intensify the problems of the youth’s work market. The International Labor Union, which holds over 155 million workers, lost approximately 5.4 percent of global work hours relative to the fourth quarter of 2019 in the first quarter of 2020. This has been projected in recent months that in the next 15 years, 600 million jobs need to be created to serve the demands of young people.
This crisis has its roots in improving the international system’s capacity to function in concert and to adopt responses to urgent problems and threats (e.g., some of the worst existing conflicts and humanitarian crises, including Syria, Myanmar, and global issues such as the COVID-19 outbreak, climate change).
IYD 2020 seeks to highlight the needs of young people by making them more inclusive in order to increase their potential (and their relevance) for achieving global change, through local , regional and global institutions.
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