International Youth Day 2017 observed globally

Aug 12, 2017 08:15 IST

12 August: International Youth Day

The International Youth Day was observed across the world on 12 August 2017 with the theme 'Youth Building Peace'.

This year, the Day is aimed at celebrating young people’s contributions in preventing conflicts and bringing about transformations along with inclusion, social justice and sustainable peace.

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The International Youth Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 17 December 1999 through its resolution 54/120.

The Day came into existence through the recommendation of the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in August 1998 that 12 August should be declared International Youth Day.

The General Assembly also adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth that provide a policy framework and practical guidelines to improve the situation of young people, also encourages promoting the active involvement of youth in maintaining peace and security.

In 1985, the UN celebrated the first International Year of Youth.

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