International Youth Day 2020

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August 12 is International Youth Day!

International Youth Day started in 1999 after a discussion at the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998). The ministers during then decided that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.

“International Youth Day gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement. The commemoration will take the form of a podcast-style discussion that is hosted by youth for youth, together with independently organized commemorations around the world that recognize the importance of youth participation in political, economic and social life and processes.”

This year’s theme for International Youth Day is ‘Youth Engagement for Global Action’. It seeks to highlight the ways of how engaging youth at local, national and global levels can result in improving national institutions and organizations. It also looks into how youth’s representation and engagement can be enhanced in formal institutional politics.

Join #31DaysOfYOUth, a social media campaign that will celebrate young people throughout the month of August, leading up and following International Day, to help spread the word and strike up a conversation surrounding youth engagement for global action!

For more information please visit https://www.un.org/en/observances/youth-day

To take part in the social campaign, #31DaysOfYouth, please visit https://www.facebook.com/UNYouthEnvoy

Word of the Day:

Commemoration (noun)

  1. the action or fact of commemorating (recall and show respect for) a past event or person.
    • She bought a cake in commemoration of her dog’s birthday.