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International Youth Day is a global observance that aims to promote the rights of young people and raise awareness on various issues facing them today. The day seeks to put youth-related issues, such as education, employment opportunities, and mental health, at the forefront of the global agenda. It encourages governments, institutions, and civil society to work together to foster the inclusion and participation of young people in the decision-making processes that shape their respective societies.
The UN established International Youth Day on December 17, 1999, following a recommendation from the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth held in Lisbon in 1998. For young New Zealanders, the focus on International Youth Day often revolves around themes such as mental health, social connection, cultural diversity, and environmental issues. Celebrating this day in New Zealand serves as a reminder of the importance of empowering the nation's young people to become active citizens and contribute to positive change.
In New Zealand, International Youth Day is observed through various events and initiatives, organized by local communities, schools, and non-profit organizations. These may include seminars, workshops, sporting events, cultural performances, and volunteer opportunities, all aimed at engaging and empowering youths. International Youth Day is celebrated annually on August 12, providing a platform for young Kiwis to make their voices heard and be part of the global movement towards their rights and wellbeing.
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