In 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day. The Assembly recommended that public information activities be organized to support the Day as a way to promote better awareness of the World Programme of Action for Youth, adopted by the General Assembly in 1995 (resolution 50/81).
International Youth Day is commemorated every year on 12 August. The Focal Point on Youth selects a theme for the day often with input from youth organizations and members of the UN Inter-Agency Network in Youth development. It also organizes a commemoration of the Day at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Programme encourages youth around the world to organize activities to raise awareness about the situation of youth in their country. Youth are encouraged to send in a description of their planned activities to firstname.lastname@example.org. The most creative activities are featured on the Programme’s website to provide a sense of how International Youth Day is being commemorated around the world and to encourage other youth to take action.
Celebrations of International Youth Day:
- IYD 2017 – Youth Building Peace
- IYD 2016 – Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainability
- IYD 2015 – Youth Civic Engagement
- IYD 2014 – Mental Health Matters
- IYD 2013 – Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward
- IYD 2012 – Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth
- IYD 2011 – Change Our World
- IYD 2010 – Dialogue and Mutual Understanding
- IYD 2009 – Sustainability: Our Challenge. Our Future.
- IYD 2008 – Youth and Climate Change: Time for Action
- IYD 2007 – Be seen, Be heard: Youth participation for development
- IYD 2006 – Tackling Poverty Together
- IYD 2005 – WPAY+10: Making Commitments Matter
- IYD 2004 – Youth in an Intergenerational Society
- IYD 2003 – Finding decent and productive work for young people everywhere
- IYD 2002 – Now and for the Future: Youth Action for Sustainable Development
- IYD 2001 – Addressing Health and Unemployment
- First Observance of International Youth Day 2000
THIS IS YOUR DAY AND YOUR YEAR!
To guide the celebrations of the International Year of Youth, the United Nations has developed the Framework Approach highlighting three key objectives for the Year, namely: increased commitment and investment in youth, increased youth participation and partnerships, and increased intercultural understanding among youth. Use these objectives to guide your activities related to youth. The complete Framework Approach is available at http://social.un.org/youthyear/.
Think about what you can do in you community and how you can effectively spread the message. Make it fun and relatable and use all your channels to spread the message. Think Facebook, Twitter, university newsletters, local newspapers.
- Educational radio show. Contact popular local/national radio stations to request a slot to have a discussion with distinguished individuals and youth.
- Organize a public meeting or debate to discuss young people’s contributions to global issues.
- Initiate round table discussions among adults and young people to promote intergenerational understanding.
- Organize a youth forum to exchange ideas and discuss cultural backgrounds in order to help young people accept others and popularize a culture of non-violence.
- Organize a concert to promote International Youth Day and the launch of the Year. Invite your local musicians and combine it with a panel discussion or invite a politician or policy maker to hold the key note speech.
- Create an “info point” about youth-related issues in the center of town/village, at high schools, or at university centers.
- Organize an exhibition. Get permission to use a public space for an arts exhibit, which showcases the challenges of young people today or how young people are contributing to development. Try to involve young people in the domains of culture, arts and music, to raise awareness on youth-related issues.
- Write to your Minister of Youth to inform him or her about the challenges young people face in their daily lives and to suggest solutions. A list of Ministers of Youth can be found at www.un.org/youth.
A variety of informational material, such as the logo for the International Year of Youth, is available on the International Year of Youth website: http://social.un.org/youthyear. If you would like to use the logo for your event, read the guidelines for the logo and fill out the liability waiver form available for download on the site. Please check the International Year of Youth website for regular updates.