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It was on December 17, 1999, that the United Nations General Assembly declared Aug. 12 as the International Youth Day. The international body this year has chosen a theme that resonates not just with the youth, but every living being on the planet. The 2016 theme is "The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production." The United Nations is focusing on engaging young people in a dialogue about a sustainable future. 

In India, events and programmes will be held in Mumbai, Puducherry, Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi and other cities. Programmes will also be held in other parts of the world. To know if an event is happening in your city, click here.

People across the world can also speak to the the UN Youth Envoy, who will answer questions LIVE on Facebook. You can use #YouthDay at 8:30am EDT (6 pm IST) w/#AskYouthEnvoy

This is what people on Twitter had to say about the youth this International Youth Day.

"This #InternationalYouthDay, we need to recognise & empower young people who'll become the change makers of tomorrow," HRH princess Haya.