International Youth Day is observed on 12 August


  • International Youth Day (IYD) is observed on 12 August. 
  • The day aims to raise awareness about the problems and challenges faced by the youth. 
  • The day celebrates the role of young women and men as essential partners in change across the world.
Theme - 2020:
  • The 2020 Theme for IYD is "Youth Engagement for Global Action." 
  • The theme aims to highlight the several ways through which the young people at the local, national and global levels enrich the national and multilateral institutions and processes, draw lessons on the representation and engagement of the youth in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.
International Youth Day (IYD): Brief History
  • IYD was initiated by the youngsters from Vienna and Austria in 1991. 
  • In the year 1999, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) first designated 12th August as the observation of International Youth Day.
  • As per this decision by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth, Lisbon in August 1998. 
  • IDY was observed for the first time in 2000. 
  • The day aims to create awareness about the confrontation and problems that they usually face around the globe.