International youth day 2018: the history of the holiday

Youth constitute a quarter of the global workforce

Международный день молодежи 2018: история праздника

Every year the world celebrates the bright holiday – international youth day (International Youth Day). So, on 17 December 1999 the UN General Assembly (resolution 54/120) set this date to remind about the role of young people in the development of society and the everyday problems that stand in their way.

International youth day 2018: the history of the holiday

Международный день молодежи 2018: история праздника

The holiday was established at the suggestion of the world conference of Ministers responsible for youth, held in Lisbon on 8-12 August 1998. It should be clarified that the first time international youth day was celebrated on 12 August 2000.

Then the conference called to organize information activities in support of the Day in order to raise awareness, especially youth, the world programme of action concerning the youth to the year 2000 and beyond.

Международный день молодежи 2018: история праздника

Today in the world there are a record number of young people — about 1.8 billion children and adolescents aged 10 to 24 years. One in 10 children is in the zone of conflict, more than half a billion in poverty, and 24 million of them do not go to school. Every day about 30 thousand children die from poverty and 7 thousand young people are infected with HIV.

In addition, despite the fact that the youth constitute a quarter of the world’s workforce, it accounts for half of the unemployed. Labor markets are experiencing difficulties with ensuring stable employment with good prospects for young people, with the exception of highly qualified specialists.

Международный день молодежи 2018: история праздника

Political instability, the volatility of the labor market, and limited space for youth involvement in political and social life lead to the growing isolation of young people. UN Secretary-General called on the international community to recognize the interdependence of generations and to solve problems of different ages together, increasing youth awareness about the existing problems, risks and solutions.

It is noted that every year there are events dedicated to the Day of youth (among them — a variety of concerts, exhibitions, conferences, seminars, flash mobs, etc.).

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