Every year on the 12th of August EFAy together with many youth organizations around the World celebrate the International Youth Day. When was the International Youth Day declared?
Following a recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (that took place in Lisbon, in the period 8-12 August 1998), the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution 54/120 “Policies and programmes involving youth” on the 17th December 1999. With this resolution the 12th of August was officially declared International Youth Day. The aim of the General Assembly was on this day to encourage public information activities that will promote better knowledge and awareness, in particular among young people, of the World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond, that was approved by the UN in December 1995. Every year the International Youth Day is assigned a specific theme inspired by the current challenges faced by the youth and this unifying slogan directs the scope and objectives of the year’s youth initiatives. Last year the banner was “Change Our World”, while this year the theme is “”Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth”. The idea behind this year’s slogan is to promote partnerships with and for youth that will lead to more opportunities for young people to successfully overcome the pressing global challenges and economic crisis.
EFAy would like to take this opportunity to encourage partnerships with minority youth organizations as well as to call upon the UN, the EU, and all governmental and non-governmental organizations to take concrete and effective actions to fight against any form of discrimination and marginalization of minority youth.