International Youth Day (IYD) is observed annually on 12th August. It is meant as an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues worldwide. During IYD, concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and youth organizations take place around the world. This year’s theme was "Youth and Mental Health."
The event took place at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) with Dr. Fred Matiangi, Cabinet Secretary for ICT as the Chief Guest. The commemoration was particularly vibrant, with speakers ranging from UN youth representative to renowned Industrialist Dr. Manu Chandaria to Hon. Johnson Sakaja, and Nairobi Deputy Governor Jonathan Mueke. “International Youth Day 2014” celebrations consisted of short speeches and success stories of successful icons. Different youth groups had a chance to exhibit their products and services.
KECOBAT in partnership with the Ministry of East African Affairs Commerce and Tourism used the platform to promote homestays concept to various people who attended the exhibition.