Intergenerational solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages, this year's International Youth Day 2022 theme, seeks to emphasize the need for action across all generations to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensure that no one is left behind. In addition to highlighting obstacles to intergenerational cooperation, the 2022 International Youth Day will also call attention to ageism, which affects both young and old people while having negative repercussions on society as a whole.
This theme builds on two side events that UNDESA and collaborators held earlier this year on ageism in politics and ageism in health and employment, respectively, on the fringes of the 60th Commission for Social Development and the 11th edition of the Economic and Social Council ECOSOC Youth Forum.
Depending on the region of the world they are living in, today's youngsters must overcome various obstacles to achieve prosperity. Young people are more likely to have mental and social problems in both developed and developing countries, but those in underdeveloped countries frequently suffer from serious problems because they lack access to more basic necessities like healthcare and education. On August 12, International Youth Day 2022, these issues affecting youth are highlighted.
International Youth Day, August 12, focuses on the challenges that young people face around the globe. Half of the children aged six to thirteen lack basic math and reading skills, and childhood poverty remains a problem worldwide. The UN created International Youth Day to raise awareness about these issues and help us find solutions. This day is a day to reflect, but also a day to take action. Many workshops, concerts, and cultural events will be taking place in your area.
The world must harness the potential of all generations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Solidarity between generations is essential for sustainable development. To ensure sustainable development, we must work together to foster equitable and successful intergenerational relationships and partnerships.
The Global Report on Ageism, launched by the United Nations on March 20,21, highlights the numerous data gaps regarding ageism against young people. Despite the lack of research, many young people report age-related obstacles in different spheres of life, including employment, politics, health, and justice. These age-related barriers can have a profound impact on your well-being and livelihoods, not just in your youth but also as an adult. Ageism is a social problem that prevents us from designing policies and services that are life-course and fair for all ages.
This is why the theme for this year's International Youth Day, Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World For All Ages, aims to spread the message that all generations must take action to reach the SDGs. The 2022 International Youth Day will raise awareness about ageism and other barriers to intergenerational solidarity. This is a problem that affects both young and old people but has negative effects on the whole society.
The world's population is expected to grow by 2 billion in the next 30 years. Producing more healthy food and less waste will not guarantee human and global wellbeing. As the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women's General Recommendation Number 27, older women are subject to discrimination, bias, and marginalization.
Older women with disabilities are further affected by this discrimination, bias, and marginalization. These women are often overlooked or underrepresented in programs, legislation, development initiatives, and programs. Gender inequality, ageism, and discrimination based on race, ethnicity or caste are just a few of the many factors that contribute to this problem.
It is now that we can address the interconnected challenges of poverty reduction, gender inequality, social inclusion, and climate change mitigation. Youth were and will be, a part of the discussions and action to restore planet and integrate biodiversity in the transformations of food systems. They will also continue to closely engage in the implementation of Action Coalitions launched at the Generation Equality Forum.
This initiative recognizes the qualities of youth and acknowledges the difficulties that today's young people face. It is crucial that these youth have access to the resources they need for education, well-being, and medicine.
International Youth Day was established in 2000 by the UN in recognition of the contributions that young people make to education, community development, and volunteering for various social projects.
The days of youth and happiness don't last forever. Many young people around the globe face challenges and lack access to the essential resources that will help them build a better future. On August 12, International Youth Day highlights the problems youth face.
The United Nations General Assembly started making concerted efforts to reach the youth in 1965. They signed the Declaration on the Promotion among Youth of the Ideals of Peace Mutual Respect and Understanding Between Peoples. They started focusing their time and resources on the empowerment of youth by recognizing and offering resources to help them meet the needs around the world.
The UN General Assembly approved the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth's recommendation on December 17, 1999. Thus, International Youth Day was created. The first International Youth Day was celebrated on August 12, 2000. Since then, it has been used to educate the public. Mobilize youth to become active in politics and manage resources for global issues.
Major events are often held in conjunction with the day. YOUTHINK hosted an International Youth Conference in 2013. It featured many speakers and an award ceremony. The Indian Youth Cafe in Chennai has hosted other events. 2019's theme was "Transforming Education."
Last year, International Youth Day 2020's theme was "Youth Engagement for Global Action".
This theme sought to highlight the many ways that young people's participation at both the national and international levels complements multilateral and national institutions and processes. A second important goal was to learn from them how they can get more involved in institutional politics.