International Youth Day (IYD)

International Youth Day (IYD)

International Youth Day (IYD) is celebrated on 12th August every year to recognize and draw attention to youth issues worldwide. The aim of International Youth Day is to endorse consciousness among the youth. The development of a country is strongly based on youth progress, this day gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions, and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement.

The Focal Point on Youth selects a theme for the day with input from youth organizations and members of the UN Inter-Agency Network in Youth development. There are Programmes held to encourage youth around the world to organize activities to raise awareness about the situation of youth in their country. ‘National Youth Day ‘ is celebrated every year on 12 January in India which is also the birthday of Swami Vivekananda.

The Theme for International Youth Day 2021 is “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health.

History of International Youth Day

The 54/120 resolution was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, following the recommendations made during the Youth World Conference on 17 December 1999 and announced to celebrate August 12 each year as International Youth Day. International Youth Day was started for the first time in 2000.

Youth 2030: The United Nations Youth Strategy was launched in 2018 that seeks to strengthen and increase commitments at the global, regional, and national levels to meet young people’s needs, help them realize their rights, and recognize their positive contributions as agents of change. This strategy is based on lessons learned from youth programs around the world, stresses the need to engage young people so they can more meaningfully contribute to the work of the United Nations, and seeks to ensure the UN can benefit from their views, insights, and ideas.

The objective of International Youth Day

International Youth Day

The purpose of International Youth Day is to ensure the leading role of young people to achieve the goals of poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Sustainable consumption includes products and services critical to meeting basic needs. The important role of development and personal choice cannot be denied for achieving the goals of socio-economic development. To celebrate International Youth Day means that the government should draw attention to the issues and talk of the youth.

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Migration of youth

Today most of the youth in the world are leaving their land and moving to another place in search of success and happiness, due to which there are problems in nation-building. Youth is the power of any nation, and especially the energy of a great nation like India lies in the youth. In such a situation, if there is a large migration of youth,  it leads to the brain drain. It shows the incompetence of the nation, which cannot provide enough resources to its youth, but it also ends the strong base of development of the country.


Many activities and events that take place around the world on International Youth Day promote the benefits that young people bring into the world. Many countries participate in this global event, which may include youth conferences on issues such as education and employment. Other activities include concerts promoting the world’s youth, as well as various sporting events, parades, and mobile exhibitions that showcase young people’s achievements.

Indian Youth

In the whole world, India is called the country of youth. In India, more than 50% of youth under 25 years of age and more than 65% of those under 35 years of age are young. That is, there is immense manpower available in our country. There is a need today to give the youth power of our country proper guidance and make them partners in the progress of the country, to make good values, proper education and technological experts in them, to protect them from bad habits like intoxication, gambling, violence, etc. Because character building is the ultimate essential for the progress of the country, society.

Education is a ‘development multiplier‘ in which it plays a key role in speeding up progress in all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, whether it is poverty alleviation, good health, gender equality, decent work, and development. , Fewer inequalities, action on climate or to build a peaceful society. Education should effectively lead to learning outcomes, fit into the right purpose of the school curriculum and teaching, not only for the 4th industrial revolution, the future of work and life but also for the opportunities and challenges that are increasingly Bring about changing social contexts.

There is no doubt that character building is the ultimate essential for the progress of the country, society. An evil youth can do no good to himself, neither to society nor to his country. For the creation of the country, for the advancement of the country, to make the country stand in the line of the developed nations of the world, only the young class has to be intelligent, laborious, patriotic, and awaken the spirit of social service.

Without education, any youth is unable to run his life smoothly. Without education, he cannot progress any work, business, business in life. If a youth achieves his goal by utilizing the time of his student life, then there are ample opportunities for entertainment, fun, and ash throughout life. In the present time, young students should focus on employment, education, that is, they should get expertise in technology-related subjects. Along with contributing to the progress of the country, it also creates limitless employment opportunities.

The future of the country rests in its youth power, if the youth of the country works for the progress of their country with positive thinking and with a firm resolve to advance its development, then there is no doubt that the country will not move toward progress.

International Youth Day Quotes

International Youth Day


  • The youth need to be enabled to become job generators from job seekers – APJ Abdul Kalam

  • Youth symbolizes high vitality, energy, and soul to get things going. Wishing you an exceptionally Happy International Youth Day.

  • Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. – Aristotle

  • The youth are the young guns of the country who are going to bring the new change to lead a new transformed life for the better.

  • Dream, Dream, Dream. Dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts result in action. – APJ Abdul Kalam

  • The energy and talent of the youth of our country are unmatched. We all are hopeful that with your efforts, you are going to lead our nation to new heights.
  • “Enjoy the Spring of Love and Youth, to some good angel leave the rest; For Time will teach thee soon the truth, there are no birds in last year’s nest!” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Youth is in a grand flush, like the hot days of ending summer; and pleasant dreams thrall your spirit, like the smoky atmosphere that bathes the landscape of an August day – Donald G. Mitchell.

  • We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire, and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible. – Barack Obama

  • Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. – Franz Kafka

Youth Engagement

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