Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on International Youth Day, observed on 12 August:
" The hopes of the world rest on young people. Peace, economic dynamism, social justice, tolerance — all this and more, today and tomorrow, depends on tapping into the power of youth.
Yet, more than 400 million young women and men live amidst armed conflict or organized violence. Millions face deprivation, harassment, bullying and other infringements of their rights. Young women and girls are particularly vulnerable.
The world’s young people need safe spaces — public, civic, physical and digital spaces — where they can freely express their views and pursue their dreams. We must invest so that young people have access to education, training and decent jobs to achieve their full potential.
The United Nations is strongly committed to listening to the voices of young people — and opening pathways for meaningful participation in decisions that affect them. This September, we will launch a new strategy to step up our work with and for young people.
In making the world safe for young people, we make the world better for all. I wish all a happy International Youth Day".
International Youth Day
International Youth Day (IYD) is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The first IYD was observed on 12 August 2000.
International Youth Day is observed annually on 12 August. It is meant as an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues worldwide. During IYD, concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and youth organizations take place around the world. IYD was designated by the United Nations in 1999 with the adoption of Resolution 54/120.
International Youth Day's Slogan for 2014 was Youth and Mental Health. For 2015, it was Youth and Civic Engagement. The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day was “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production." For 2017, the theme of IYD is "Youth Building Peace". In this way, it will go on which recognises the contributions of young people in preventing conflict, supporting inclusion, social justice, and sustain peace.