International Youth Day 2022: Theme, history and significance

International Youth Day is celebrated on 12 August every year to mark the contribution of youth to the development of the society.

This day is also commemorated to raise awareness about the problems faced by young people around the globe, including issues related to health, justice, employment and political participation.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), youth make up 66 percent of India’s total population.

The theme of International Youth Day for the year 2022 is "intergenerational solidarity: creating a world for all ages”.

This year’s theme intends to spread the message that every generation needs to take action to achieve all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs) by the year 2030.

The first session of the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth adopted a resolution declaring 12 August as International Youth Day in the year 1998.

International Youth Day was celebrated for the first time in the year 2000 on 12 August.