Every year, International Youth Day is observed on August 12 to pay attention to the problems faced by young people. The day came into effect on the recommendation of the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in Lisbon to the UN General Assembly. The day is observed to raise awareness campaigns, concerts, and events to focus on the potential of the youth in society.
International Youth Day was first proposed in 1991 at the first session of the World Youth Forum of the United Nations System. In 1998, the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth hosted by the Government of Portugal in cooperation with the United Nations considered 12 August as International Youth Day.
The day is significant as youth are the most dynamic segment of the population in a country. The growth of the nation lies in the large youth population. This will provide the nation to invest in their education, health, protect and guarantee their rights.
This year’s theme is based on “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health.” The Covid-19 pandemic made the young participants emphasize working towards more equitable food systems.
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“Youth offers the promise of happiness, but life offers the realities of grief.” – Nicholas Sparks