when is international youth day is celebrated ?

The International Youth Day is celebrated on 12th August every year all over the world. The United Nations has designated 12th August as International Youth Day to spread awareness among the youths and focus on cultural and legal issues encompassing youths all over the world for overall development of mankind.

History of International Youth Day

12th August is marked as International Youth Day all over the world. The United Nations defines youth as people falling in the age group of 15 years to 25 years. The General Assembly of the United Nations had in 1995 adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth. The objective of this programme was to establish certain guidelines and policies to frame actions for the brighter future of youths all over the world. The World Programme of Action for Youth had resolved to initially focus on 15 areas encompassing youths, some of which are employment, education, health, poverty, hunger, environment and drug abuse. Subsequently, the United Nations declared 12th August as International Youth Day in 1999.

The scope of International Youth Day was expanded in 2009 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The council set up an action plan that would examine and analyse the goals and targets of each of the 15 focal points. The idea was to monitor the progress of the youths.

How International Youth Day is celebrated

The United Nations choose a theme for the International Youth Day every year. The basis of the observance of the youth day is the chosen theme. Many activities and events are organised all over the world on international, national and local levels in pursuance of the chosen theme. Mostly, these events include the organisation of parades, festivals and fairs, concerts, exhibitions and sports. All these events and organisations seek to bolster the progress and development of youths all over the world.

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