International Youth Day History
International Youth Day seeks to raise awareness about the cultural and legal issues faced by youth throughout the world. The United Nations defines youth as people between the ages of 15 and 24 years, although locally, youth can be interpreted in a more flexible manner. In 1995, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth with the intention of establishing guidelines and policies for action and support that would lead to a brighter future for tomorrow's youth. Since its inception on August 12, 2000, International Youth Day has served to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities available to the youth to actively participate in society.
In 2009, the UN Economic and Social Council expanded its 15 youth priority areas by developing goals and targets for monitoring youth progress. This expansion led to the creation of an annual theme for International Youth Day. Each year a theme is selected based upon relevant issues that youth are facing.
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