International Youth Day 2020 - Theme, History, How to Celebrate International Youth Day, Quotes & Facts

International Youth Day is observed on 12 August 2020 to raise awareness about the challenges and problems faced by the youth and to celebrate the role of young women and men as essential partners in change across the world. The day celebrates the youth-led organizations, Governments, young people, and others who are working to transform education and uplift young people worldwide. Get more information about the History of International Youth Day, Theme, Quotes & Facts from this article.

Sheena | Updated Jul 08, 2020 16:54 PM

International Youth Day 2020 - Theme, History, How to Celebrate International Youth Day, Quotes & Facts

International Youth Day 2020

International Youth Day (IYD) is celebrated on August 12 every year globally to differentiate the accomplishments of youngsters around the world in developing global association. International Youth Day also aims to endorse ways to engage them in becoming more actively participated in accomplishing affirmative contributions to their associations. International Youth Day is an awareness day created to establish the cultural and legal issues encompassing the youth.

What is the History of International youth day?

The concept of International Youth Day was suggested in 1991 by the youngsters from Vienna and Austria, for the first conference of the UN’s World Youth Council. The committee recommended that an International Youth Day be will be affirmed, especially for crowdsourcing and promotional purposes, to reinforce the United Nations Youth Fund in association with youth organizations.

United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) first designated 12th August as International Youth Day by the in 1999 by authenticating the endorsement made to this decision by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth, Lisbon in August 1998. That recommendation was later endorsed by the UNGA in the year 1999. International Youth Day was observed for the first time in 2000. It is a golden opportunity for young men and women to create awareness about the confrontation and problems that they usually face around the globe.

What is the theme of International Youth Day 2020?

The theme of 2020 International Youth Day is 'Youth Engagement for Global Action'. The day aims to highlight the ways in which young people at the local, national and global levels are enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes and draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.

IYD 2020 aims to highlight the need to enable the engagement of youth more inclusive for the purpose of strengthening their capacity to achieve global action. It spotlights on youth engagement through three interconnected streams namely:

  • Youth engagement at the local/community level

  • Youth engagement at the national level like formulation of laws, policies, and their implementation

  • Youth engagement at the global level

What do the people do on the International Youth Day?

A lot of activities and events happens around the world on International Youth Day to encourage young people to bring them changes into the world. 

  • Many countries actively participate in this global collaboration and the events may include youth conferences on complications such as knowledge and profession. 

  • Other activities may include live concerts that support the world’s youth day.

  • On this day various sports events, parades, and manifestations that assay young people’s acquisition is organized.

Based on the theme chosen, conferences and debates are encouraged among the youngsters gathered. The activities are being established for the following,

  • To promote understanding and unity among the youngsters

  • To improve the young mind’s active participation in social and political events

  • To make the youngsters socially responsible

  • This is a fun-filled occasion with various activities like debates, exhibitions, fairs, conferences, and other promotional activities. Even the people staying at home can celebrate this day by supporting the activities through radio shows and other social media.

What is the logo for IYD?

The logo is consists of “International Youth Day” along with the prescribed theme. This logo is usually associated with the UN’s emblem of world map enclosed by olive leaves faced each other. The symbol features peace and unity among the people around the world.

Previous year themes on IDY

Every year, to support young people on their creativity and abilities, different themes will be chosen and the day will be celebrated. The following table provides the various themes followed in the previous years.

Year Theme
2001 Addressing Health and Unemployment
2002 Now and for the Future: Youth Action for Sustainable Development
2003   Finding decent and productive work for young people everywhere
2004 Youth in an Intergenerational Society
2005 Making Commitments Matter
2006 Tackling Poverty Together
2007 Be seen, Be heard: Youth participation for development
2008 Youth and Climate Change: Time for Action
2009 Sustainability: Our Challenge. Our Future.
2010 Dialogue and Mutual Understanding
2011 Change Our World
2012 Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth
2013 Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward
2014 Mental Health Matters
2015 Youth Civic Engagement
2016 Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainability
2017 Youth Building Peace
2018 Safe Spaces for Youth
2019 Transforming Education
2020 Youth Engagement for Global Action

How to observe IYD 2020?

On International Youth Day 2020, you can effectively spread the message and make it fun and relatable. Use all your channels to spread the message about International Youth Day. On this special day you can:

  • Organize an educational radio show by contact popular local/national radio stations to request a slot to have a discussion with distinguished individuals and youth.

  • Amid the pandemic, You can organize a virtual public meeting or debate to discuss young people’s contributions to global issues.

  • Organize a round table discussion among adults and young people to promote intergenerational understanding.

  • Conduct a youth forum to exchange ideas & discuss cultural backgrounds in order to help young people accept others and popularize a culture of non-violence.

  • Organize a  virtual concert and promote IYD. Invite your local musicians and combine it with a panel discussion or invite a politician or policymaker to hold the keynote speech.

  • Get permission to use a public space to organize an exhibition and showcase the challenges of young people today or how young people are contributing to development.  Involve as many as young people in the domains of culture, arts, and music, to raise awareness on youth-related issues.

  • You can take measures to inform the Minister of Youth about the challenges young people face in their daily lives and to suggest solutions. 

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International Youth Day - FAQ

1. When is the International Youth Day celebrated?

International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12 every year to differentiate the accomplishments of youngsters around the world in developing global association.

2. Is International Youth Day a holiday?

No, International Youth Day is not a public holiday. The day aims to endorse ways to engage them in becoming more actively participated in accomplishing affirmative contributions to their associations.

3. Why do people celebrate International Youth Day?

International Youth Day is celebrated to enhance the talents of the youngsters and to develop unity among the young people across the world,