International Youth Day 2019: Current Theme, History and Significance

International Youth Day is observed on 12 August every year to raise the efforts of the youth in the development of the country. For the first time it was declared by the United Nations General Assembly. Why International Youth Day is celebrated, how it is celebrated, what is the theme of 2019 and significance. Let us find out!
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International Youth Day 2018: Safe Spaces for Youth
International Youth Day 2018: Safe Spaces for Youth

Since 2000, International Youth Day is celebrated to recognise the efforts of the world's youth in enhancing global society and to draw an attention regarding cultural and legal surrounding youngsters. Also, this is the way to promote the ways to engage youngsters in making positive contributions to their communities.

International Youth Day 2019: Theme

The theme of International Youth Day 2019 is "Transforming Education". 

The theme highlights the efforts to make education more relevant, equitable and inclusive for all youth, including efforts by youth themselves.

The theme of International Youth Day 2018 is "Safe Spaces for Youth" and in 2017 was "Youth Building peace".

There is a necessity for the Youth to come together, engage in activities with diverse needs and interests, participate in the decision making process and freely express themselves. But for this youth need safe spaces like civic spaces which enable youth to engage in governance issues; public space to participate in sports and other leisure activities in the community; digital spaces to interact virtually across borders with everyone; well planned physical spaces that can help to accommodate the needs of youth especially suffering from any kind of violence etc.

International Youth Day: History

From 1965 to 1975 an International policy on youth was emphasised and both the General Assembly and the Economic & Social Council focus on three basic themes that is participation, development and peace in the field of youth.

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Do you know that earlier International Youth Day is celebrated as International Youth Year and it was created in 1985? Ten years later that is in 1995 some guidelines and rules were established to help people all over the world work together to improve the lives of young people. Some areas were designated on priority for the youth those are education, employment, poverty, health, environment, delinquency, drug abuse, HIV and AIDS, girls and young women, participation, globalisation, intergenerational relations, youth conflict, communication technologies and leisure time activities.

United Nation’s Resolution 54/120 designated 1999 as International Youth Day and will be celebrated every year on 12 August as a tool to accomplish the aims to improve the lives of the youth or young people of the world and for this they have told government agencies, charities and other organisations from all over the world.

Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security represents an unprecedented acknowledgement of the urgent need to engage young peace builders in promoting peace and countering extremism and clearly positions youth as important partners in the global efforts.

How International Youth Day is celebrated?

United Nations chooses themes every year for International Youth Day so that participants can focus on the respective themes and planned their events accordingly where there is a need among the world's youth. On this day all over the world several activities and events occur. Usually these events are parades, concerts, fairs, festivals, exhibitions and sports etc. To spread the message UN has developed a framework approach and highlighted three approaches like increased commitment and investment in youth, increased youth participation and partnerships, and increased intercultural understanding among youth.

On this day several educational radio show, public meetings or debate is organised, initiate round table discussions among adults and young people to promote intergenerational understanding, organise a youth forum to exchange ideas, organise a concert, an exhibition etc.

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