International Youth Day began in 2000 and was organized by the UN to recognize the input that young people make in education, community development, environmental groups, volunteering for different social projects.
It has been acknowledged that there is a need for inclusive support mechanisms that ensure youth continue to amplify efforts collectively and individually to restore the planet and protect life, while integrating biodiversity in the transformation of food systems.
Half the children between the age of six and 13 lack basic reading and math skills and childhood poverty is still a prevalent problem globally.
With the world’s population expected to increase by 2 billion people in the next 30 years, it has become recognised that simply producing a larger volume of healthier food more sustainably will not ensure human and planetary wellbeing.
Other crucial challenges must also be addressed, such as poverty reduction; social inclusion; health care; biodiversity conservation; and climate change mitigation.