Officially, International Youth Day was born on December 17, 1999, when the U.N. General Assembly endorsed a recommendation which was made on August 12, 1998, by the first assembly of the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth.

Spoiler Alert: the idea for International Youth Day, like many good ideas in the world,
came from young people themselves.
 

But guess what? The idea for an international day to celebrate the achievements of young people while drawing attention to the issues they care about most is not attributable to either the General Assembly or the ministers and representatives attending the conference. Spoiler Alert: the idea for International Youth Day, like many good ideas in the world, came from young people themselves. In this instance, it happened in 1991, Austria, Vienna, during the first session of the World Youth Forum of the United Nations System.

Today, IYF is proud to unveil another great idea for which young people should take a bow: our new podcast series called Emerging Leaders. 

Today, IYF is proud to unveil another great idea for which young people should take a bow: our new podcast series called Emerging Leaders. The podcast—from the initial idea to the planning and execution—is due to the hard work of IYF’s Emerging Leaders Group (formerly Young Professionals Group). The podcast puts IYF staff who identify as “emerging leaders/young professionals” in conversation with their peers from older generations. In recognition of this year's International Youth Day theme—Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages—we are excited to share our inaugural episode in which IYF's Sarah Jonson and Jorge Barragan discuss issues, challenges, and successes from their respective professional journeys.