Today, August 12 is International Youth Day. This is an awareness day designated by the United Nations to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth.
The first International Youth Day was observed on 12 August, 2000. It was based on a recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in Lisbon to the UN General Assembly. The International Youth Day is celebrated through various awareness campaigns, community concerts, and events to bring to notice the socio-economic and socio-political issues that the youth in every nation face.
What Is The Theme For International Youth Day 2021?
Every year there’s a theme on which International Youth Day 2021 is celebrated. The theme for this year is “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health ”. This theme has been decided in consideration of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on human health, the environment, and food systems.
This theme was chosen by the United Nations after these issues were highlighted at ECOSOC Youth Forum (EYF) 2021.
According to UNESCO, ”Youth Programme emphasizes in its work that youth are not just beneficiaries, but they are essential leaders and partners in finding solutions to the issues faced by young people in the world today.”