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English : World Days Calendar : August

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  1. International Day of the World’s Indigenous People : August 9th
  2. International Youth Day : August 12th
  3. International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition : August 23rd

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People : August 9th

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International Youth Day : August 12th

Description of the day :

International Youth Day

In 1998, the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth met in Lisbon and recommended that the UN establish a day dedicated to youth. UN acted on the proposal and so, on August 12th, 2000 the first World Youth Day was celebrated. Since 2000, August 12th has become a day to reflect upon the daily challenges that face the youth of the world. It’s an occasion to develop ways to integrate youth into the development of our modern-day world. This day is also an occasion to remind ourselves of the objectives of the World Programme of Action for Youth, and to continue efforts to realize these goals.

Youth in the World

The UN defines youth as individuals between 15 to 24 years of age. At this moment, more than one million humans belong to this category; almost 18% of the world’s population. Furthermore, most of these youth live in developing nations. In these less affluent countries, the process of an ageing demographic is not always truly underway. For example, in India, approximately half of the population is under the age of 24. In comparison, only 15% of Canada’s population falls into this age category!

Youth and their problems

Youth are faced with many problems today, and overcoming the many looming obstacles that challenge them isn’t always an easy task. Of course, youth around the world do not face the same types of problems. In poor countries, access to education and a lack of work are two major challenges that often compromise youths’ future. Let us note that the situation of female youth is especially grim, even tragic, in many areas of the world. Violence, sexual exploitation, illiteracy, and extreme poverty are phenomena that affect young girls and women especially. Even if youth in developing nations have to fight for their survival, the circumstances of those who live in rich countries aren’t always rosy either. Suicide, dropping-out of school, drugs, and poverty are phenomena that especially affect youth in the industrialized world. These people often feel ignored by those in power, and sometimes feel that their actions make no difference to the world. Faced with these difficulties, the UN tried to propose an action plan in order to better integrate world youth in building a better world.


  Young people sometimes have the impression to not find their place in society, that's why it is important to give them some possibilities to involve in their environment.

World Programme of Action for Youth

UN member states declared that they want to apply the imagination, energy, and ideals of youth; critical elements in the healthy evolution of society. To meet this objective, the UN created the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY) in 1995. This program is intended to guide the way in which the international community faces the problems that confront youth in the Third World. WPAY aims to raise public awareness regarding the vulnerability of today’s youth, as well as to promote their rights and aspirations. WPAY identifies 15 priority youth areas, ranging from education and leisure time activities, to globalization and democratic participation. To learn more about the program and recent developments regarding youth development activities, visit the following website.

Youth: The Future of the World

It is obvious that it is impossible to build a better world without the support of youth. Their active participation in society’s progress is essential to the success of the process of development. Thus it is important to continue the efforts underway in order to enable youth to maximize their potential, whether through education, health care, or any other concrete support action.



 Countries which have the strongest proportion of young people (in yellow and green) are often the poorest countries in the world.

Pedagogical tools :

Instructive Tool Kits : The Exploitation of Child Labour

Instructive Tool Kits : Child Sexual Exploitation

What you can do :

Action 1


The UN invites the youth of the world to get involved in World Youth Day. Without the support of youth, this official day would not have a reason for being. You and your classmates can organize special activities in conjunction with other youth to make your voice and ideas heard.  For example, why don’t you organize a day of discussions on the pressing challenges that are facing young people? You could set up information kiosks on the situation of youth in the world. These activities could be carried out at school, in a youth home, or any other place where your message will reach youth.


Action 2


The Quebec government has put the Youth Action Strategy 2006-2009 into action in order to foster the success of youth. The strategy also aims to involve youth in their society while meeting their personal needs.  The provincial program offers a whole host of activities. To learn more about the youth projects and activities available, visit the official website 

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition : August 23rd

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