International Youth Day
In 1999, the General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.
International Youth Day gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement.
Each year, the International Youth Day has a different theme. The past theme includes “Youth and Mental Health” in 2014, “Youth and Civic Engagement” in 2015, “The Road to 2030” in 2016, “Youth Building Peace” in 2017, “Safe Spaces for Youth” in 2018 and “Transforming Education” in 2019.
The theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action” seeks to highlight the ways in which 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.
Youth can be a positive force for development when provided with the knowledge and opportunities they need to thrive. Today, there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years, accounting for 16 per cent of the global population . By 2030, the number of youth is projected to have grown by 7 per cent, to nearly 1.3 billion.
How to engage:
Join #31DaysOfYOUth Social Media Campaign
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Read UN Report: Youth Social Entrepreneurship and the 2030 Agenda
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