International Youth Day - 12th August 2016 - The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Production and Consumption

Archived news: published on Tuesday 19 Jul 2016 by Fife Council

International Youth Day is a day when the whole world is forced to recognise how brilliant and important young people are.

The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day (12 August) is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Production and Consumption”.

This year’s Day is about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It focuses on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable production and consumption

How can I get involved

  • By organising an event – like a youth debate or a talent show – to an activity – like planting trees around town or holding a community football game. Email the UN at to tell them what you’re up to, and they’ll add it to their world map online.
  • What you do needn’t relate to the year’s theme. Just showing your community (and the UN) what you’re capable of is what International Youth Day is all about.
  • Find an issue that matters to you, contact your friends and on 12 August, make it happen. Get your activity some traction and/or recognition using #YouthDay or #Youth2030 to spread the word.

United Nations’ (UN) International Youth Day  celebrates and recognises the 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 UN Population Fund estimates that the population of people between 10 and 24 is 1.8 billion (check out more facts with our Youth Day Infographic). If each young person does something to help their community, just imagine the difference we can make in the world.

Not only that, but with youth unemployment already hitting record highs – with predictions that it will get worse – creating opportunities for young people to build skills and confidence and involving them in conversations about local and global issues is more important than ever.

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