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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2020

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2020

Context

International Youth Day was celebrated on 12th August 2020.

Background

  • It was designated by the United Nations (UN) in the year 1999.
  • In 1999, the UN General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made the ‘World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth’, and subsequently International Youth Day came to be celebrated annually.
  • It aims to raise awareness regarding the cultural and legal issues concerning  youth.
  • It was first observed on 12 August 2000.
  • It has been observed annually.

Details

  • The theme for 2020 is ‘Youth Engagement for Global Action’
  • It  seeks to shed light on “the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes.”
  • It highlights the importance of youth in the future and how their political and social involvement can help create better, more sustainable policies for the world as a whole.
  • On this day, UN has launched a social media campaign, #31DaysOfYouth.
  • It is meant to spread awareness and initiate conversations on the theme ‘Youth Engagement for Global Action’.

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