International Youth Day

International Youth Day is annually celebrated on the 12th of August from the year 2000 to raise awareness of challenges and problems faced by the world’s youth. Himalai IAS Coaching Centre in Bangalore spread awareness about social responsibilities current events for the civil service exams like IAS exams, KAS exams, IES exams, and other competitive exams.

  • As a celebration of the role of young men and women as essential partners in change  International Youth Day is commemorated.
  • International Youth Day was declared by the UN on accepting the resolution by world conference Ministers Responsible for Youth in 1999. 
  • Currently, the largest youth population ever is seen ie, 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world. The studies show that 1 in 10 of the world’s children live in conflict zones and 24 million are out of school. 
  • The increasing isolation of youth is due to the political instability, limited space for political and civic participation and labour market challenges.
  • International Youth Day is a day to create awareness and to draw the attention of Governments and other international communities towards the problems faced by Youth.

International Youth Day 2018 theme

International Youth Day 2018 theme is a safe space for youth.Youngsters face many challenges in finding employment and career growth, to some survival is difficult with poverty, hunger and limited access to healthcare facilities. 

International Youth Day 2019 Theme

‘Transforming Education’ is the International Youth Day 2019 theme. International Youth Day theme highlights the measures to make education more broad and accessible for all youth, including efforts by youth themselves.

History of  International Youth Day 

  • The General Assembly in its resolution 2037(XX) in 1965 approved the Declaration on the Promotion among Youth of the Ideals of Peace, Mutual Respect and Understanding between Peoples.
  • The need for the international policy on the youth was highlighted from 1965 to 1975  both in the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council.
  • The General Assembly by resolution 34/151 designated 1985 as the International Youth Year: Participation, Development, Peace in 1979.
  • The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 54/120, on 17 December 1999 approved the suggestions made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.

Facts About Youth on International Youth Day 

  • Youth is the transition time between Childhood and Adulthood. As per UN statistics, the age group of youth is between 15 to 24 Years. But youth does not just age it is an experience. 
  • The experience of youth defines an Individual for the rest of his/her life. It is a turning point in life where many major decisions are taken like Education, Career, Morality and many more important aspects.
  • Education should lead to relevant and effective learning outcomes thereby achieving  Goal 4 of Sustainable development goals that are in 17 Sustainable Development Goals related to 2030 Agenda.
  • India is a young country. From the earlier year’s statistics, India has 34% Youth population which is pretty high compared to other popular nations. 
  • Youth are a valuable human resource who are digitally upgraded and have a high potential for developing a country’s economy, culture, technology, management, and even politics. They are the tomorrow of a nation.
  • Youth have to struggle every day to get necessities. Some are victims of violence and abuse and without proper morality or teaching, they have also become a vicious offender themselves. It is a major concern and actions must be taken by the government in developing and stabilizing the Youth position. 
  • A Nation’s growth is based on youth resource and harnessing their skills, motivating and nurturing them are important. 

International Youth Day recognizes that giving the youth a platform and authority to show their abilities can create miracles. Be it in Government Administration, Defense, Research, development or even in private IT sectors or management giving the right Youth a right opportunity can take our Nation’s economy and development to new heights. By Himalai, We want to motivate youth in taking the path which they are destined to.

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