International Youth Day

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Not to be confused with World Youth Day.
International Youth Day
International Youth Day in North Korea 03.jpg
International Youth Day in North Korea
Date 12 August
Next time 12 August 2017 (2017-08-12)
Frequency annual

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.[1]

International Youth Day's Slogan for 2014 is Youth and Mental Health. For 2015 it is Youth and Civic Engagement. The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”. The goal is to lead the younger generation to eliminate poverty and improve global sustainable consumption and production[2]

Associated events[edit]


Each youth day is associated with a number of events around the world. These include:

  • International Youth Conference 2013: held on August 10-August 11, 2013 before the International Youth Day on August 12. This conference comprised speakers from various countries and fields of work, followed by youth awards ceremony, and spirit kindling debates and discussions. It was hosted by, YOUTHINK, Youth Exnora and the US consulate general, Chennai.

IYC'13 hosted by:

  • Youth Exnora
  • US consulate general, Chennai

The event has its own specialty in empowering the youth power.


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