2011 Internation Youth Day Friday

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MANILA, Philippines - In its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly, on December 17, 1999, endorsed the recommendation of the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth held in Lisbon on August 8-12, 1998, that August 12 of each year be declared International Youth Day.

International Youth Day is an awareness day meant as an opportunity for governments and the society to draw attention to youth issues worldwide. Concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and youth organizations take place around the world in honor of International Youth Day. The first International Youth Day was observed on August 12, 2000.

August 12, 2010-August 12, 2011, was proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Year of Youth to harness the energy, imagination, and initiative of the world's youth in overcoming the challenges facing humankind. In its resolution proclaiming the International Year of Youth, the General Assembly called on governments, civil society, individuals, and communities worldwide to support activities on local and international levels to mark the event. …