Updated: Mar 26, 2021
Youth can be a positive force for development when provided with knowledge and opportunities they need to thrive and currently there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years accounting for 16% of the global population. The theme of International Youth Day 2020 is ‘Youth Engagement for Global Action’ which aims to highlight the need to enable youth engagement by making local, national and global institutions more inclusive, strengthening their capacity and relevance to achieve global action.
It gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives showcasing ways young people are enriching institutions through meaningful, universal and equitable engagement. International Youth Day also draws lessons on how youth engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.