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World Youth Skills Day 2021 – July 15 

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The United Nations(UN)’s World Youth Skills Day(WYSD) is annually observed across the globe on 15th July to highlight the importance of empowering the youths with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.

The day offers a platform for the young people, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, firms, employers’ and workers’ organizations, policymakers and development partners to discuss the importance of empowering youths.

  • According to the YMCA, the World’s oldest and largest youth-focused movement, the theme of WYSD 2021 is “Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic”.

WYSD 2021 in India:

i.The WYSD 2021 also marks the 6th Anniversary of the launch of the Skill India Mission. 

  • Skill India Mission is an initiative of the Government of India launched in 2015 with a vision to create an empowered workforce by 2022.

ii.On the occasion of the WYSD 2021, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi addressed the youth of India.


i.The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the resolution A/RES/69/145 on 18th December 2014 and proclaimed the 15th July of every year as World Youth Skills Day(WYSD).

ii.The first World Youth Skills Day was observed on 15th July 2015.

Events of WYSD 2021:

The Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka to the United Nations along with the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) and International Labour Organization(ILO) have organised an online interactive panel discussion on “World Youth Skills Day 2021: Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic”.

Sustainable Development Goal:

Sustainable Development Goal(SDG) 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”

The Incheon Declaration:

i.The Incheon Declaration was adopted on 21st May 2015 during the World Education Forum (WEF 2015) held in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

ii.The Incheon Declaration and Framework for Action constitutes the commitment of the education community to Education 2030 and SDG 4.


The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training is one of seven UNESCO institutes and centres working in the field of education.

Director– Soo-Hyang Choi
Head Person– Shyamal Majumdar
Headquarters– Bonn, Germany