The World is at present having the largest youth population. It is estimated that presently 1.8 billion young people are between the ages of 10 and 24. International Youth Day (IYD) is an awareness day designated by the United Nations to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues faced by youth.
Today, we celebrate the young people, youth-led organizations, Governments and others who are working to transform education and uplift young people everywhere.”— UN Secretary-General António Guterres
It was on 17 December 1999, in resolution 54/120, the UN General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998), calling for 12 August be declared International Youth Day.
The Theme for this year is aligned towards the Goal 4 of 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, i.e., to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Young people are the powerful agents of change and progress when they are educated and empowered to participate in decision-making. Yet around the world, too many youth are being left behind. The need of quality education is recognized to have a crucial role in youth development and has a fundamental role in the path towards accomplishing the SDGs. To prepare the youth for a success in the adulthood it should be ensured that all student groups are fully included in schooling and other opportunities.
In IUCN Young Professional Networks it is envisaged to build the capacity of young people and channel their enthusiasm and inspiration into the global challenges of sustaining life on earth while respecting and building social equity involving young people in decision process.