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International Youth Day is celebrated on 12th August each year, and is a political day sponsored by the United Nations that was first celebrated in 1999. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a set of cultural and legal issues surrounding Youth. It is intended as an opportunity for governments and NGOs to draw attention to youth issues throughout the World. Concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and youth organizations take place both in Africa and around the world in honour of International Youth Day. The theme for this year’s Day is “Youth and Climate change – time for action”. A major focus of the day is practical action to encourage the empowerment and participation of youth in the processes and decisions that affect their lives. Organisations are encouraged to hold forums, public discussions and information campaigns in support of young people and focusing on youth issues and how they can be addressed. It is a great opportunity to rally support and get key actors involved – Governments, NGOs, academic institutions, businesses, and young people – to focus on what has been done to further the World Programme of Action for Youth.

© Michael J Mason 2009

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