International Observance: International Youth Day (IYD)

International Youth Day (IYD), on August 12, is an awareness day designated in1999 by the United Nations to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth.

The first IYD was observed on Aug.12, 2000. It is meant as an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues worldwide.

During IYD, concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and youth organisations take place around the world.

International Youth Day’s Slogan for 2014 was Youth and Mental Health. For 2015, it was Youth and Civic Engagement. The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day was “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production.”

For 2017, the theme of IYD is “Youth Building Peace” which recognises the contributions of young people to preventing conflict, supporting inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. (TNE)

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