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International Youth Day 2020: History, Significance and Theme

International Youth Day 2020: As the world battles COVID19, the engagement of young people in spreading awareness as well as fighting the pandemic has increased forevermore. International Youth Day 2020 day is observed to celebrate and mainstream young people’s voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement. The first International Youth Day was observed on 12 August 2000 and has been observed annually ever since. The main purpose of World Youth Day is to discuss the participation and views of youth on social, economic to political issues.

International Youth Day 2020: History

On 17 December 1999, the General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made the ‘World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth’, and subsequently, the United Nations General Assembly ruled that 12 August would be celebrated as the International Youth Day. The intent behind celebrating this day is to renew the focus of the youth towards various socio-political and economical challenges that are being faced by the world. Increased participation of the young in day to day affairs ranging from politics, environment, science and technology and a host of other issues is the ultimate goal behind celebrating this day.

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International Youth Day 2020: Theme

The theme of this year’s International Youth Day has been kept as “Youth Engagement for Global Action” by the United Nations. As the world is fighting against the Coronavirus crisis and no definite solution to tide over this crisis in sight, it is incumbent upon the youth of the world to not only make concerted efforts to take the world out of this crisis but also deal with its aftermath. It aims to highlight ways in which the participation of youngsters at the local, national and global levels is playing a crucial role in enhancing national and multilateral institutions and processes.

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International Youth Day 2020: Significance

International Youth Day seeks to raise awareness about the ways in which the engagement of youth at the local, national and international levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes. International Youth Day 2020 seeks to throw light on youth engagement through the following ways

  • Engagement at the local/community level
  • Engagement at the national level in the formulation of laws, policies, and their implementation and
  • Engagement at the global level.

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the UN is celebrating International Youth Day with a podcast-style discussion that will be hosted by the youth for the youth. This podcast will exhibit how youngsters are important partners in political processes and in development.


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