Good habits formed at youth make all the difference – Aristotle
United Nations pronounced August 12 of every year to mark International Youth Day – a recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth at Lisbon between August 8 and 12, 1998.
The observance, which began in 2000, is a day set aside to draw attention to political, economic and social issues surrounding youth worldwide. Also, it is a day to recognize youths who have contributed to the growth and development of different industries or communities.
The theme for this year’s International Youth Day is Youth Civic Engagement.
According to the United Nations:
The engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development. Yet often the opportunities for youth to engage politically, economically and socially are low or non-existent.
There has been recent increasing attention and policy and programming focus on youth civic engagement by governments, UN entities, regional and multilateral organizations, CSOs, youth and researchers. As part of its celebrations for International Youth Day, the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development, led by the co-chairs, DESA and UNDP, is running an online campaign in the lead up to International Youth Day 12 August 2015.
It is the responsibility of youths to be actively involved in matters that revolve around the burgeoning of the country. The contribution of the youth’s voice plays a vital role in making our tomorrow a smooth journey.
The future is not tomorrow. It is now.