International Youth Day 2021
The United Nations’ (UN) International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12 each year to recognize the efforts of the world’s youth in enhancing global society. It also aims to promote ways to engage them in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities. This day is dedicated to the role young women and men play in bringing change in tackling global issues and achieving sustainable development. It also serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and problems facing the world's youth.
The theme of International Youth Day 2021, “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”, highlights the success of such a global effort that will not be achieved without the meaningful participation of young people.
In 1998 a resolution proclaiming August 12 as International Youth Day was adopted during the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth. That recommendation was later endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 1999. International Youth Day was first observed in 2000. One of the year’s highlights was when eight Latin American and Caribbean youth and youth-related organizations received United Nations World Youth Awards in Panama City, Panama.
International Youth Day emphasizes on the rights of young people to have full access to education, healthcare, employment, monetary services, and complete participation in public life.
Various activities like concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings are organized to engage the youth and in order to bring their voices, actions, and initiatives to the mainstream.