International Youth Day- 12th August 2021

Theme 2021, why do we celebrate this day? Importance to speak up for the coming youth. Movies for youth, what else is celebrated today!

 Theme: “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health

The main aim is to highlight that every action which needs to be taken for the better of life on Earth, cannot be achieved at a global level without the contribution of the youth. With, Increasing population the need for not only a larger volume of healthier food more sustainably will not ensure human and planetary wellbeing but also poverty reduction, social inclusion, health care, biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation.

 The United Nations in 1999 after a recommendation was made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth. Then the first International Youth Day took place in the summer of 2000.

 It is mainly to empower young people to participate in public life so that they can have opportunities to contribute to society’s development across the world and be heard completely. It is not just to protect them, but to incorporate them in the development of communities regardless of their ethnicity, background, and status. It honors the traits of young people and acknowledges the challenges that today’s ferocious youth face.

Youth with the support and wisdom of old are the torch-bearers of this world.

Examples:

In partnership with UNDP, Bibliothèque sans frontières (Libraries Without Borders) young staff travel across Burundi, are disturbing knowledge through e-books, paperbacks, educational games, internet-ready mobile devices and so on.

Mercy and Shetuuka, sibling farmers working to reduce hunger. Also, create jobs in Namibia through eco-friendly farming.

In Egypt, a group of tiny activists has been traveling village to village, determined to end female genital mutilation in their country.

One of UNDP’s 600 transportation projects to promote economic development in rural Afghanistan, encouraging more boys and girls enrolling in primary school, while addressing safety concerns on the village’s main road.

The list is endless and we need support, we need to be heard, and taken seriously irrespective of our age. Youth brings many issues which violate basic human rights to surface and fight for them.

https://undp.medium.com/17-ways-youth-are-changing-the-world-505a489e91dc

 Movies putting forward importance of youth participation and their situation:

Into the Wild (2007,Must see)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012).

The Edge of seventeen.(2016)

Moxie.(2021)

Love, Simon. (2018)

Quotes:

Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die. —Herbert Hoover

The duty of youth is to challenge corruption. —Kurt Cobain

“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche

“In youth, it was a way I had,
To do my best to please.
And change, with every passing lad
To suit his theories.

But now I know the things I know
And do the things I do,
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you.”


― Dorothy Parker, The Complete Poems of Dorothy Parker

Other Days Celebrated Today:

Black Womens Equal Pay – United States

World Elephant Day – Canada, United Kingdom, United States & South Africa