International Youth Day: 12 August 2017

Date: 
Sat 12/08/17

Every year, the 12th of August sees the commemoration of International Youth Day. Celebrations are organized each year to support the Day as a way to promote better awareness of the World Programme of Action for Youth

A theme for the day is selected 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. The theme for 2016 was "The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production."

The theme for 2017 is "Youth Building Peace.

Since the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2250 in 2015, there is growing recognition that as agents of change, young people are critical actors in conflict prevention and sustaining peace. International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.

The current generation of youth are the largest in history and young people often comprise the majority in countries marked by armed conflict or unrest, therefore considering the needs and aspirations of youth in matters of peace and security is a demographic imperative.

Follow this year's camapaign online via @UN4Youth, #YouthDay, #Youth4Peace and #ActOn2250.