Today is International Youth Day. On 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth that 12 August be declared International Youth Day. According to United Nations, a youth is someone between the age of 10 and 24, although other sources indicate it could be between the teenage hood into early thirties.

The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”.

The hashtag, #youthday is trending on Twitter with various youths doing outstanding activities to better life.


Among those praised were:

Edwin Wainaina who is a visual artist,

Daniel Nyacharo a digital strategist, rapper and social media executive.

Chris Mukasa the founder of Fatuma’s voice,

Shiro Florence an advocate for women4cancer.

The youth are said to occupy a sixth of the world population. This makes them enjoy a say in what’s going on around them. International Youth Day magnifies issues of concern such as education, poverty, employment, health and alcohol and drug abuse.

Five Things You Should Know About International Youth Day

International Youth Day and World Youth Day are two different events that shouldn’t be used interchangeably. International Youth Day is a yearly event that commemorates the freedom giving to the young men and women to engage in discussions and activities that will preserve and promote their say in ongoing matters of the world. Whereas, World Youth Day is a day set aside by the Catholic Church every three years, sometimes two years to celebrate its youth followers, this is usually presided over by the Pope.

  1. 2016’s theme: The Road to 2030; eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable consumption and production. They youth have been given the chance to give their say in how best the country may eradicate poverty and promote sustainable development
  2. It was first observed on 12th August 2000
  3. Since the name of the event is derived from its beneficiaries, the youth, the day isn’t necessarily limited to the youth. Everyone and anyone is called upon to participate and make the day worthwhile.
  4. The same will also be World Elephant day.
  5. It is officially recognized by the United Nations.

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