International Youth Day - August 12
Mon, Aug 12, 2024

International Youth Day

International Youth Day was formed by the UN to draw public attention to various youth issues. The organization announced that the theme for the year 2022 was ‘Generational Solidarity: Let’s create a world for all ages’. The purpose of the holiday is to involve young people in decisions not only at the local level but also at the global level.

History

International Youth Day was celebrated for the first time in 1999, after the UN General Assembly adopted a relevant resolution. The initiative started much earlier, in 1965.

Every year, the holiday emphasizes the potential of modern youth in society, as they are our future. The organization holds that the majority of young people are peace activists, or can become peace activists with the right support and attention.

Some of the issues discussed on International Youth Day are mental health, social issues, education, and medical care. Much attention is also paid to safety.

Interesting Facts

  • The UN defines youth as those aged 15 to 24;
  • Young people have always been an important part of historical events;
  • 9 out of 10 people aged 15 to 24 live in low-income countries;
  • 77% of young people are employed informally;
  • In 2011, 126 million young people were unable to read or write a test sentence;
  • In 2015, the UN adopted a resolution recognizing youth as champions of world peace.

How to Take Part

The holiday is celebrated through various events: seminars, trainings, webinars, programs, and concerts at the local level. Anyone can take part or help with the organization.

When is International Youth Day celebrated in 2024?

International Youth Day is observed on August 12 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Monday August 12 2024
Tuesday August 12 2025
Wednesday August 12 2026
Thursday August 12 2027
Saturday August 12 2028
Sunday August 12 2029