In 1999, the General Assembly endorsed 12th August as the International Youth Day recommended by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth. The Assembly recommended it as an opportunity for public and governments to draw attention towards youth issues around the world. The United Nations describes the world’s youth from the age of 15 to 24 years – which makes the one-sixth of the human population. Most of the peoples between these ages are living in developing countries, and their numbers will be expected to rise steeply. International Youth Day is a brilliant opportunity to celebrate the contributions of young people and support the applying of their creativity and imagination to overcome challenges. This Day recognizes the efforts of the world’s young people in enhancing the world society. Youth Day also aims to engage the young people to become more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities. This year’s theme is “Youth Building Peace” which means its dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice and sustainable peace.
Many activities and events will take place around the world on this day to promote the benefits that young people bring into the world. Many countries participate in this global event by having concerts, workshops, cultural events and meetings involving national and local government officials. It is very important for every young member of the society to participate and make others also a part of this day’s event.
The greatest wealth and strength of any nation is its youth. The quality of its youth determines the kind of future, the nation will have. Therefore, if we want to ensure a bright future for our country, we first need to strengthen and empower our youth. Youth is the spring of Life. It is the age of discovery and dreams. India is one of largest youth population in the world today. The entire world is eyeing India as a source of technical manpower. They are looking at our youth as a source of talents at low costs for their future super profits. If Indian youth make up their mind and work in close unity with working class people, they can hold the political power in their hands. Indian youth has the power to make our country from developing nation to a developed nation. The youth hopes for a world free of poverty, unemployment, inequality and exploitation of man, by man. A world free of discrimination on the grounds of race, color, language and gender. A world full of creative challenges and opportunities to conquer them. But let us convert these hopes in reality.
I would request every youngster to be a part of YOUTH POWER as they can make or change the world. Thank you for reading the post. Wishing you all a very “Happy International Youth Day”.