The Basque Country celebrates 12 August, International Youth Day, United Nations
In 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day. The Assembly recommended that public information activities be organized to support the Day as a way to promote better awareness of the World Programme of Action for Youth, adopted by the General Assembly in 1995 (resolution 50/81).
The Basque Government's Minister for Employment and Social Policies, Beatriz Artolazabal, believes that "Basque youth are among the leading figures in Europe because of their solidarity and the desire for training and work". Coinciding with the celebration of International Youth Day, on 12 August, Artolazabal has encouraged Basque youth to continue to form and develop a participative and supportive activity in social life always with the reference of the most advanced Europe. European youth will make this year's United Nations motto "Youth Building Peace" a reality”.
International Youth Day is commemorated every year on 12 August. The Focal Point on Youth selects a theme for the day often with input from youth organizations and members of the UN Inter-Agency Network in Youth development. It also organizes a commemoration of the Day at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The Programme encourages youth around the world to organize activities to raise awareness about the situation of youth in their country. Youth are encouraged to send in a description of their planned activities to firstname.lastname@example.org. The most creative activities are featured on the Programme’s website to provide a sense of how International Youth Day is being commemorated around the world and to encourage other youth to take action.
Celebrations of International Youth Day:
IYD 2017 – Youth Building Peace
IYD 2016 – Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainability
IYD 2015 – Youth Civic Engagement
IYD 2014 – Mental Health Matters
IYD 2013 – Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward
IYD 2012 – Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth
IYD 2011 – Change Our World
IYD 2010 – Dialogue and Mutual Understanding
IYD 2009 – Sustainability: Our Challenge. Our Future.
IYD 2008 – Youth and Climate Change: Time for Action
IYD 2007 – Be seen, Be heard: Youth participation for development
IYD 2006 – Tackling Poverty Together
IYD 2005 – WPAY+10: Making Commitments Matter
IYD 2004 – Youth in an Intergenerational Society
IYD 2003 – Finding decent and productive work for young people everywhere
IYD 2002 – Now and for the Future: Youth Action for Sustainable Development
IYD 2001 – Addressing Health and Unemployment