On August 12, 2000, the United Nations first celebrated International Youth Day. International Youth Day calls attention to the unique social, legal, and economic issues facing young people around the world.The United Nations outlines 15 areas of special interest to young people: education, employment, hunger and poverty, health, environment, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, leisure-time activity, girls and young women, participation, globalization, information and communications technologies, HIV/AIDS, youth and conflict, and intergenerational relations.Each year, the UN chooses a new theme for International Youth Day. In 2015, the theme is Youth Civic Engagement. In 2014, the theme was Mental Health Matters. The Mental Health Matters program aims to “overcome the stigma [of mental illness] to ensure that young people with mental health conditions can lead full and healthy lives free of isolation and unnecessary shame, and that they openly seek the services and support they need.”
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry AIDS Noun
(acquired immune deficiency syndrome) disease that debilitates the immune system, making the victim vulnerable to infections.
to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.
climate change Noun
gradual changes in all the interconnected weather elements on our planet.
Encyclopedic Entry: climate change communication Noun
sharing of information and ideas.
a disagreement or fight, usually over ideas or procedures.
having to do with money.
job or work.
conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.
connection of different parts of the world resulting in the expansion of international cultural, economic, and political activities.
Encyclopedic Entry: globalization HIV Noun
(human immunodeficiency virus) virus that is a cause of AIDS (anti-immune deficiency syndrome).
the need for food.
having to do with people or organisms of different ages or generations.
separation from other people, habitats, or communities.
juvenile delinquency Noun
behavior of a young person that violates the law or standards of behavior.
allowed by law.
time away from school or work.
mental health Noun
ability of someone to adjust, enjoy, and cope with everyday life and responsibilities.
movement of a group of people or animals from one place to another.
status of having very little money or material goods.
disgrace and embarrassment.
set of negative associations that a person or people have about something.
the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.
one of a kind.
United Nations Noun
international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.