International Youth Day: The International Youth Day (YID) is observed on August 12 annually across the globe.
- The day is observed to draw the attention of governments and others towards youth issues worldwide.
- This day is also celebrated to recognize the efforts put in by the youth for the betterment of society.
- The Day aims to promote the ways to engage the youth and make them more actively involved in their communities through positive contributions.
Theme of International Youth Day 2021:
- The theme of International Youth Day 2021, “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”.
- This year’s theme highlights the crucial need for “inclusive support mechanisms that ensure youth continue to amplify efforts collectively and individually to restore the planet and protect life while integrating biodiversity in the transformation of food systems.”
History of International Youth Day:
- The International Youth Day (IYD) was instituted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by passing resolution 54/120 in December 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.
- This day was observed on August 12, 2000, for the first time.
- The day is celebrated through various awareness campaigns, community concerts, and events to bring to notice the socio-economic and socio-political issues that the youth in every nation face.
- It refers to the United Nations General Assembly. UNGA is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations.
- It is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising all 193 Member States of the UN, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of international issues including peace and security.
- It was formed in 1985.
- It is headquartered in New York, New York, United States.
- The current President of UNGA is Abdulla Shahid.