Int’l Youth Day on August 12

ISLAMABAD: International Youth Day would be celebrated across the country on August 12 (Tuesday) to highlight the role of youth, comprising the major portion of demography, in the country’s development.The day would be celebrated with this year’s theme “Youth and Mental Health” under the slogan ‘Mental Health Matters’. Public and private organizations would arrange seminars, conferences, discussion programme, competitions and other functions to highlight the importance of this years theme.Pakistani youth comprises 60.3 percent of its total population, which is a sizable chunk and play a major role in the development of country if provided with all their basic rights.On a global level, it is estimated that approximately 20 per cent of adolescents and youth experience a mental health condition each year, with 85-90 per cent of this group living in low-income countries.So it is the time for a global conversation about mental health and its effects on development. The United Nations’ (UN) International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12 each year to recognize efforts of the world’s youth in enhancing global society.  It also aims to promote ways to engage them in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities. The UN defines the worlds’ youth as the age group between 15 and 24 years old, making up one-sixth of the human population. Many of these young men and women live in developing countries and their numbers are expected to rise steeply. The idea for International Youth Day was proposed in 1991 by young people who were gathered in Vienna, Austria, for the first session of the UN’s World Youth Forum. The forum recommended that an International Youth Day be declared, especially for fundraising and promotional purposes, to support the United Nations Youth Fund in partnership with youth organizations.In 1998 a resolution proclaiming August 12 as International Youth Day was adopted during the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth. That recommendation was later endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 1999. International Youth Day was first observed in 2000. One of the year’s highlights was when eight Latin American and Caribbean youth and youth-related organizations received United Nations World Youth Awards in Panama City, Panama.

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