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    In this issue: Ø Volunteer for a better India : One hour to Nation. Ø India Young Nation; YOUTH Major Strength: PM Ø Conference of Vice Chancellors of
    Message 1 of 6 , Feb 19, 2013

    In this issue:

    Ø  'Volunteer for a better India': One hour to Nation.

    Ø  India Young Nation; YOUTH Major Strength: PM

    Ø  Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities held at President House

    Ø  Rajasthan State Celebrated National Youth Day

    Ø  Youth Festival at Udalguri

    Ø  ICPD Beyond 2014: Global Youth Forum held

    Ø  Australia India Youth Dialogue held

    Ø  World’s Youth Facing Worsening Unemployment, Warns New UN Report

    Ø  Manual for Human Rights Education with Young People, Compass

    Ø  Ahmad Alhindawi is Envoy on Youth of U N Secretary-General

    Ø  UN Establishes Trust Fund to Support Youth Volunteerism

    Ø  Challenges and Hope for World’s Indigenous Youth

    Ø  The State of World Population 2012

    Incoming Events:

    *       Assam Youth Festival for North East

    *       National Convention: Building Bridges: New Age of Voluntarism

    *       India Youth Jam 2013

    *       Creating an NGO Brand

    *       SOUTH ASIA HUMAN RIGHTS SUMMIT

    *       National Seminar: Social Work Intervention: Sectors, and Strategies

    *       National Integration Peace Youth Camp

    *       International Training Seminar for HIV/AIDS Professionals: HIV/AIDS- Innovative Management and Care

    *       International Conference on Trafficking of young women and children

    *       Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

    *       International NGO Conference ‘Post-2015 in Bonn, Germany

    *       Photo contest focusing on young people at work

     

    ICYO – Youth Information Newsletter

    Indian Committee of Youth Organizations

     

    Platform of 464 Youth Organizations in India

    India’s largest network of urban and rural youth

    'Volunteer for a Better India'

    ‘Volunteer for a better India’ and “Give one hour to the nation every day," was the call given by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of The Art of Living, for reclaiming India through a spirit of volunteerism and social service.

     

     

    The main function was held at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on 3rd February 2013 and attended by large number youth, representatives of civil society organizations and international agencies and followers. 

     

    On the occasion Sri Sri Ravi Shanker said that more public participation and responsibility in nation-building were needed and stated “For fulfilling our needs we need to take responsibility”.

     

    Talking about the youth in the country, Sri Sri said "There is a lot of anger among the youth today and this has to be given right direction".

     

    India Young Nation; YOUTH Major Strength: PM

    India can meet “complex challenges” if the energy of the youth is channelized in a “positive direction”, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on 28 January 2013 while addressing to NCC cadets in NCC Republic Day Camp held in Delhi.

     

     “...I have no doubt, if we are able to channelize this immense energy of our youth in a positive direction, we can successfully address even the most complex challenges facing our country today,” he said.

     

    Mr Singh asked the youth “to exploit the opportunity with firm resolve and commitment and contribute positively towards the growth of our nation.”

     

    “India is a young nation. Our youth are our major strength. Today, more than ever before, there is greater awareness among the youth about their rights. Equally, there is a strong desire to contribute directly to the betterment of our society,” he said.

     

    Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities held at President House

    A one day conference of Vice Chancellors (VCs) of Central Universities of which the President is Visitor concluded on February 5, 2013 at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

    In his concluding remarks the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee expressed his satisfaction with the outcome and pointed out that it was the first time a whole day conference was being held where 40 VCs of Central Universities exchanged their views with himself as well as the Prime Minister, Union Ministers of Human Resource Development and Chairman of University Grants Commission. 

     

    The President said Vice Chancellors should identify inspired teachers to interact with each other as well as students.  Innovation Clubs should be set up in each university and exhibitions of innovations be organized. 

     

    Rajasthan State Celebrated National Youth Day

    35,000 youths from Rajasthan celebrated the National Youth Day on 12th January in Jaipur at SMS stadium.

     

    The event was inaugurated by Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot who spoke on the role of youths in the development of the state and nation

     

    Youth Festival at Udalguri

    In a bid to empower the youth, the Red Horns Division unit of the Indian Army recently organized a three-day youth festival at Udalguri in Assam.

     

    A total of 1,300 people attended the festival, which features events such as debate, quiz, football match, volleyball match and tug-of-war.

     

    ICPD Beyond 2014: Global Youth Forum held

    The ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Youth Forum was from 3-6 December 2012 in Bali, Indonesia and attended by 635 participants in attendance.

     

    The Forum was part of the official review of the International Conference on Population and Development’s Programme of Action. 

     

    The plenary sessions captured the core issues regarding youth and discussed these issues under five broad topics: Staying healthy; Comprehensive education; Transitions to decent employment for youth; Families, youth-rights and well-being - including sexuality and Fully inclusive civic participation. 

     

    Australia India Youth Dialogue held

    The second Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD) conference held from 30 January to 1 February 2013 in Melbourne and attended by 30 delegates (15 from each countries) representing various Companies. The discussed the issue such as sustainability, social innovation, international security, FDI and education. 

     

    World’s Youth Facing Worsening Unemployment, Warns New UN Report

    Global unemployment rose in 2012 amid continuing economic insecurity and insufficient policies stifling overall hiring, a new report by the United Nations labour agency has warned, adding that the world’s youth were most vulnerable to the growing job scarcity.

     

    In its annual Global Employment Trends report, released on 21 January 2013, the International Labour Organization (ILO) notes that despite the positive trend of falling unemployment over the past two years, the number of unemployed worldwide rose by 4.2 million in 2012 with gloomy expectations of a further increase in 2013.

     

    According to Guy Ryder, the ILO Director-General “An uncertain economic outlook, and the inadequacy of policy to counter this, has weakened aggregate demand, holding back investment and hiring”.

     

    According to the ILO, some 35 per cent of unemployed youth in advanced economies have been out of a job for six months or longer – an absence which directly impacts their long-term career prospects as their skills deteriorate. Others, meanwhile, get discouraged and leave the labour market altogether.

     

    With almost 74 million people in the 15 to 24 age group unemployed around the world, translating into a 12.4 per cent unemployment rate for this subset, job prospects for the world’s younger workers are looking increasingly bleak, says the report.

     

    Manual for Human Rights Education with Young People, Compass

    COMPASS provides youth leaders, teachers and facilitators of human rights education activities, whether professional or volunteers, with concrete ideas and practical activities to engage, involve and motivate young people in living, learning and acting for human rights. It promotes a comprehensive perspective on human rights education and sees young people as actors for a culture of universal human rights. (Contribution by Mr Vijay Bharatiya)

     

    Ahmad Alhindawi is Envoy on Youth of U N Secretary-General

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on January 17, 2013 the appointment of Ahmad Alhindawi of Jordan as his Envoy on Youth.  The Secretary-General in his Five-Year Action Agenda identified “Working with and for Women and Young People” as one of his top priorities.  In this context, the Envoy on Youth will work to address the needs of the largest generation of youth the world has ever known. 

     

    UN Establishes Trust Fund to Support Youth Volunteerism

    A dedicated trust fund has been set up by the United Nations to boost youth volunteerism and harness the energy of young people around the world to contribute to achieving development goals while enhancing their own lives.

     

    Announced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, the new youth trust fund is an important milestone in developing the inspirational UN Youth Volunteers Programme.

     

     “Through volunteering, young people gain a strong sense of civic engagement to bring about transformational change in their communities,” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said.

     

    “Youth participation and volunteering are critical for achieving sustainable human development and UNDP will continue to attach high importance to the youth agenda, including through the UN Youth Volunteers Programme,” Helen Clark said.

     

    Challenges and Hope for World’s Indigenous Youth

    The world has never faced such a large youth population as the one inhabiting the globe today, with about 40 per cent of the world population under the age of 25. With the recent economic crisis and high unemployment rates, there are many challenges facing today’s young generation. The world’s 67 million indigenous youth face even greater challenges, but have big hopes.

     

    To address these issues, indigenous youth experts from around the world gathered for an expert group meeting in New York held on 29-31 January, focusing on “Indigenous Youth: Identity, Challenges and Hope: Articles 14, 17, 21 and 25 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”

     

    Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Affairs in DESA, outlined some of the main challenges as she addressed the meeting. “They face higher levels of illiteracy rates, drop out rates and other indicators and they tend to experience lower enrollment ratios, higher unemployment rates and lower incomes. Indigenous youth struggle to develop and define their identities, maintain their cultures and preserve and revitalize their languages,” Ms. Akhtar said.

     

    The State of World Population 2012

    UNFPA recently released the ‘State of the World Population, entitled By Choice, Not by Chance: family planning, human rights and development.

    The SWP 2012 explains why family planning is a right, examines the challenges in ensuring that all women, men and young people are able to exercise that right and suggests actions that governments and international organizations can take to give everyone the power and the means to decide freely and responsibly how many children to have and when to have them.

     

    Incoming Events:

    Assam Youth Festival for North East

    Date: 19-21 February 2013

    Place: Guwahati, Assam

    Organizer: Department of Sports & Youth Welfare, Govt of Assam and Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt of India.

     

    National Convention: Building Bridges: New Age of Voluntarism

    Date: 20-21 February 2013

    Place: New Delhi

    Organizer: Voluntary Action Network India

    Contact: info@...

     

    India Youth Jam 2013

    Date: 24th Feb - 3rd March 2013

    Place: Panchgani, Maharashtra

    Contact: indiayouthjam@...

     

    Effective communication to the Donors is the key: Workshop on Creating an NGO Brand

    Date: 25th – 27th February 2013

    Place: SPJIMR, Andheri (W) Mumbai

    Fees: Rs.6000/- per participant.

    Contact: socialbrics@...

     

    SOUTH ASIA HUMAN RIGHTS SUMMIT

    Date: March 1st - 3rd, 2013

    Place: Chennai, TN India

    Organizer: Youth for Human Rights International

    Contact: SouthAsiaSummit@...

     

    National Seminar: Social Work Intervention: Sectors, and Strategies

    Date: 9-10 March 2013

    Place: University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala

    Organizer:Department of Social Work, Sree Sankaracharya, University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala

    Further information available from ssusseminar@...

     

    National Integration Peace Youth Camp

    Date: 20-26 April 2013

    Place: Kota, Rajasthan

    Registration Fee: Rs. 150/-

    Organizer: National Youth Project, New Delhi

    Contact: icyoindia@...

     

    International Training Seminar for

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