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ECOSOC Youth Forum Conclude:
Inclusion of Young People in National Decision-making Reoccurring Theme
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)of United Nations organized the Youth Forum with the theme ‘Inclusion of Young People in National Decision-making‘, concluded on 3 June 2014 in New York.
The Member States of Council welcomed a proposal to incorporate youth-focused target areas in the post-2015 development agenda.
Ahmad Alhendawi, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, presented the document “The Global Youth Call,” which he said intended to provide concrete language on youth issues. “Any new development agenda should mainstream youth,” he said, expressing hope that the youth-focused targets would be relevant to intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development framework.
The document covers the top five thematic priorities of youth: education, employment and entrepreneurship, health, good governance, and peace and stability. It asks for inclusion in the post-2015 development agenda of such targets as: ensuring universal access to quality primary and post-primary education; reducing the number of youth not in employment; ensuring young people’s meaningful and inclusive participation in decision-making processes, governance and peace building; improving the physical, social and mental health of adolescents and youth; and eliminating all forms of violence and discrimination against adolescents and youth.
The keynote address given by Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Vice-President, European Youth Forum describe that, there were risks globally that led to a lack of belief. Belief alone was not enough, and youth, Governments and all other stakeholders must come together to act. Describing how United Nations processes could lack transparency, he said that wealthy States participating in the 1992 Earth Summit had gotten away with what they wanted, but after that the “microphones were cut off for youth”. The Millennium Declaration mentioned young people only once. Over the years, young people’s tactics had changed, but their struggles to be heard must continue.
North East NSS Youth Festival Held
North East National Service Scheme (NSS) Youth Festival 2014 held from 14 to 17 June 2014 ain Kohima, Nagaland. The festival was inaugurated Nagaland Legislative Assembly speaker Chotisuh Sazo. He appeal to the youths to respect diverse culture and build a cohesive region for nation building.
Aimed at developing the personality of the younger generations of the region, about 500 volunteers from the Northeastern States, including Sikkim participated in different events such as cultural exchange, intellectual competitions and also visiting some of the rural villages in Kohima district during the three day festival.
MIYD 2014 Held
The 14th Melaka International Youth Dialogue held from 22 -25 June 2014 in Malaka, Malaysia organized by World Assembly of Youth and attended by round about 200 persons. The theme of this year was “Youth Education; Taking Action, Getting Results” was designed to raise the issues on Youth and Education
On 22nd June 2014, in ice braking session, delegates were honored by the surprised visit by the ‘Rt. Hon. Datuk Seri Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam, former president of WAY’.
On 23rd June 2014, The official opening Ceremony was held in presence of YB P. Kamalanathan S/O.P. Panchanathan, the Deputy Minister of Education and Higher Learning and Rt. Hon. Datuk Seri Ir. Idris Haron, the Chief Minister of Melaka cum WAY President.
On 24th June 2014, various workshops organized to discuss the role of public and private sector, NGOs, Media as well as society on Youth Education and Post 2015 Development Agenda.
On 25TH June 2014, MIYD adopted the Declaration with recommendations pertaining to education betterment in post 2015 Development Agenda.
National Youth Awards
The nomination for National Youth Awards are open now and application to be reach respective Secretary in the Sate Govt./Union Territory by 31 August. The state Govt./Union Territory have to send to to Central Selection Committee by 10 September 2014. The YAS Ministry give away these awards every year on 12 January. The main objectives are to motivate young person (aged between 13 – 35) a challenge to achieve excellence in the field of national of social service and encourage young people to develp a sense o responsibility to their community.
Each year 10 individuals from State Governments, 5 individuals from Union Territories, 2 voluntary organizations from state and 1 voluntary organizations from Union Territories.
Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) Centre Shut Down
Commonwealth Secretariat decided to close the Asia centre of Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), located in Chandigarh. While the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat has cited "reorganization" as the reason behind the move, there was also a hint of the centre being a "drain on resources" during the meet called for the official announcement.
The centre, which catered to youth development programmes for countries in the region, will be redeployed as a regional centre of the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development under the ministry of youth affairs and sports
Skills Training of Youth will Boost India’s GDP: WTO
Increasing female participation in labour force can also make a big impact on growth, says working paper
India may squander the opportunity of having a young population of those below 35 years of age if it fails to impart employable skills to them at a faster pace, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has said. Sixty-five percent of India’s 1.2 billion people are below the age of 35 years, according to the 2011 Census. While the demographic effect will increase or lower gross domestic product (GDP) by barely one percentage point in 2035, GDP levels can increase by about 3 percentage points in 2035 if India improves significantly on skill training, according to the WTO working paper.
“Increasing female participation in the labour force can make a similarly big impact, particularly in India and the Middle East and North Africa, where a lack of improvement would decrease GDP in 2035 by around 4 percentage points, compared with the reference case (which is 1980-2010),” it said. Higher capital mobility will also benefit developing countries such as India. (LiveMint)
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