Zimbabwean youths through the Zimbabwe Youth Council and Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment will on 12 August 2016 join the rest of the International Community in commemorating International Youth Day (IYD) under the theme “The road to 2030: Eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable production and consumption” The main commemorations will be held in Harare on the 12th of August at Harare Polytechnic or UZ grounds.
International Youth Day is a day set aside by the United Nations to acknowledge the efforts being made by the youth in national and global development. The General Assembly of United Nations on the 17th of December 1999 in its resolution 54/120 endorsed the recommendation made by the Council of Ministers’ conference (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 to promote better awareness of the World Programme of Action for Youth to the year 2000 and Beyond, adopted by the General Assembly in 1995 (resolution 50/81). The Programme identified ten priorities for member states of UN to deal with on improving well being and livelihood of young people.
These are; education, employment, hunger and poverty, health, environment, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, leisure, improving the situation of girls and young women, and the full and effective participation of youth in the life of society and in decision making process.
International Youth Day, therefore, is the day of promoting better awareness of World Programme of Action for Youth and assessing how far the ten priorities of the Programme have been implemented in member nations thereby drawing lessons learned to improve progress.