August 12 of every year is celebrated as the International Youth Day to raise awareness about the culture and legal issues surrounding the youth. The day was designated as International Youth Day by the United Nations in the year 1999 after the General Assembly endorsed the recommendation by the ‘World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth.’ Subsequently, it is being celebrated every year to highlight the importance of youth people as the driving force of change in the world.
Theme of “International Youth Day-20121”
Every year, the United Nations decides on a theme that is relevant to all global communities and citizens. This year’s theme is “Transforming Food System: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”. According to tp the United Nations, this year’s theme highlights the crucial need for “inclusive support mechanisms that ensure youth continue to amplify efforts collectively and individually to restore the planet and protect life while integrating biodiversity in the transformation of food systems.” Along with this, other challenges — climate change, healthcare, social inclusion, and conservation of biodiversity — will also be addressed.
Reason for celebrating International Youth Day:
It is being celebrated with various activities like concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings are organized by schools and other educational institutions to engages the youth and in order to bring their voices, actions, and initiatives to the mainstream.