International Youth Day

International Youth Day

On 17 December 1999, The United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.

Since the adoption of Security Council Resolution in 2015, there is growing recognition that as agents of change, young people’s inclusion in the peace and security agenda and in society more broadly, is key to building and sustaining peace.

Another Security Council Resolution (2016) reaffirms the important role youth can play in deterring and resolving conflicts, and are key constituents in ensuring the success of both peacekeeping and peace building efforts.


"Youth Building Peace"

The youth of a nation shapes and molds its present and paves the way for its future. The young generation shoulders a huge chunk of the responsibility of nation building; not the politicians or the policy makers alone. It would be more accurate to say that the youth working in tandem with the government decide the fate of a nation and its coming generations. It is, therefore, important that the voices of the youth get the right platform. It is necessary that the youth gets to exercise their freedom of speech, their opinion and their ideas.


Role of youth in national building –



  1. Youth power is a recognized force in the world today. The youth are filled with tremendous energy and towering ambitions. They can be utilized as a constructive and as a destructive force by any nation.

  2. The students, employees, workers, farmers and persons from various professions —including the unemployed educated —are the citizens which really matter in all walks and disciplines of our national life.

  3. Unfortunately, a large number of these are without proper guidelines about their futures. It is dangerous to allow them to remain idle as it would increase their frustration which would result in chaos and disturbances.

  4. It is a great national wastage of human resources if these strong hands are not allocated some suitable jobs. No country can afford such wastage. They should be directed appropriately to engage in some constructive tasks. This manpower can do wonders provided its potential is tapped for the developmental projects of the nation.

  5. The task of nation-building is herculean and can be divided into phases. Everyone can contribute towards the same. All the young people may take part in this noble task according to their capacities.

  6. First of all, they should be made to understand a specific project and its importance to the society and also the part they could play in it for making it a success. Given a suitable direction, they are sure to work hard for its fulfillment.

  7. They would feel more than satisfied by the realization that, they have been assigned a role in the task of nation-building, The realization will encourage them to put their hearts for fulfilling the commitment. Whatever is done by the government for nation-building, affects the whole society —the young and the old alike.

  8. At least the youth think that they are being denied the right of participation in this task. It would be wise to associate them with all such programmes which relate to them. Such a step would satisfy to give them a sense of belongingness and would keep them involved in constructive jobs.

    It is not very difficult to mobilize the youth for nation- building tasks provided that one has the requisite honesty, intelligence and leadership. Once they are genuinely involved, their interest in constructive work would be aroused. They would be prepared to work sincerely for the welfare of the country.

The role of youth in changing nation is underrated

GEP also works to promote youth.

Thanks for reading,


(Team GEP)



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