International Youth Day to Be Marked On August 12

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The International Youth Day will–for the first time–be marked on August 12. The idea of the holiday arose during the international forum of youth held in Vienna under the auspices of the United Nations on May 27-19–1991.

The first meeting of the World Ministers’ Council in Lisbon adopted a resolution declaring August 12 International Youth Day. At its 54th session on Dec. 17 1999 the United Nations General Assembly ratified the resolution and adopted the resolution on "Youth policy and programs." The resolution indicates ten priority spheres that include education–employment–hunger and poverty–public health–environment–narcomania–juvenile delinquency–leisure–problems of girls and young women–and full involvement of young people in public life.

According to the United Nations-adopted classification–people aged 15 to 24 are considered young people. This group currently makes up 1/6 of the world’s population.

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