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++++++ World Youth Report 2003
Report tacks in depth analysis and the concerns of the youth in the
It's good to be young - if you live in an industrialized nation. But AIDS,
armed conflict and poverty have taken a heavy toll on the vast majority of
the 1.1 billion youths worldwide, according to the U.N. report. Young men
and women between the ages of 15 and 24 years are better educated than
previous generations and have access to more information via computers and
other media, but 133 million remain illiterate and 130 million children are
not in school, according to the World Youth Report 2003 released by United
The 408-page World Youth Report, the first comprehensive U.N. attempt to
examine the global situation of young people since 1995, fail to fulfill its
objective as its more focus on developed countries rather than global,
report itself accepted this fact. The report explain the reason in chapter
15 "The lack of data relating to certain fields in developing countries, as
well as the problems of data comparability, are challenging the research
community to develop a system of global indicators as well as qualitative
research methods in order to build a truly global picture of the situation
of youth." The obvious dominance of the Western school/tradition of youth
research is one of the key challenges to be addressed in the future, given
the fact that the majority of young people are living in developing
Here it is important because, as per report 85 percent of the youths live in
developing countries and 22.5 percent of them survived on less than US$1 a
day (in 2000).
6,000 - 7,000 Young people become infected with HIV every day - WYR 2004
The Report mentions some the major threat (problem) face by youth. One is
AIDS that has transformed the lives of children and youth all over the
world. An average of between 6,000 and 7,000 young people become infected
with HIV every day.
The report called for more programs to prevent AIDS and stop drugs use and
greater involvement of youth in decision-making. "Young people can be
dynamic agents of social change, taking an active role in combating these
problems, but they must be given the right tools to work with," the report
UNESCO Dhaka: Out-of-school adolescents learning needs
In March 2004, the UNESCO Office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, organized a
sub-regional workshop on policy issues concerning the learning needs of
out-of-school adolescents. The seminar was based on a situational analysis
of out-of-school adolescents in South Asia and on the lessons learnt from
the implementation of an interdisciplinary UNESCO Pilot Project pertaining
to the organization's cross-cutting theme 'Eradication of poverty'.
Partnerships have been made with local youth NGOs, who are in charge of the
Monitoring and Evaluation component of the project. ICYO is one of the
partner and Mr. Raavi Narayan, Secretary General attended the seminar.
New Youth & Sport Minister in India
Shri Manmohan Singh, New Prime Minister of India appoint Mr. Sunil Dutt as
Cabinet Minister for Youth & Sport. Mr Sunil Dutt assumed his office at
Shashtri Bhavan on May 25.2004
Actor turn politician Mr Dutt said "For me, the youth of the country is the
future. I believe that the country can make great strides by inspiring the
youth and instill the feeling of nationalism and oneness the country. I'll
be striving to achieve this." Mr Dutt told in press conference after
assuming the office. "I've always felt one with the youth. That's why no
older man is with me. I'am always surrounded by young. People always ask me
about my age. I say openly that I'm 25 plus. Age is mental," Dutt said
Youth Across Asia: A New Initiative
A new initiative to transfer skills and capabilities among young people
through volunteering has been launched by the Commonwealth Youth Programme
(CYP) at meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 30 April to 2 May
Girls Get Lessons on Empowerment
CRY and Nav Shristi organized the workshop in month of May 2004 to make
adolescent girls aware of their rights. An attempt to empower young girls,
this intensive workshop hopes to familiarize them with the choices available
so that they become a force within their own families and the community and
giving young girls an opportunity to have a voice in their future.
The aim of the workshop was to start a chain so that young women are able to
spread the message further and motivate their peers to take a step closer to
empowerment. Apart from raising awareness among young girls, the workshop
intends to facilitate the process of formation of a federation of
adolescents. Once the federation is formed, these groups will be able to get
their voices heard and press for their demands, feel the organizers.
India is poorly prepared for the "tidal wave" of the disease: AIDS official
A senior international health official warned that HIV/AIDS is growing into
a "catastrophic epidemic" in India, the world's second most populous
India is also poorly prepared for the "tidal wave" of the disease the
country is facing, Richard Feachem, Executive Director of the Global Fund to
fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria told journalists on May 11,2004.
"The Indian epidemic is rapidly becoming the largest epidemic in the world,"
Feachem said. "There is nothing in place in India today which is of a scale
or of a seriousness which will prevent a catastrophic epidemic unfolding."
About 3.8 to 4.6 million people are estimated to be HIV positive in India,
according to official estimates cited by the WHO, but in private some
officials fear the figure is much higher and the virus is spreading rapidly.
"We need to do a huge amount more in prevention, in testing, in treatment if
India is going to turn around the tidal wave of HIV/AIDS which is breaking
over it," Feachem said.
Globalization: Youth Commission Report
International Youth Parliament compiled the report on 'Globalization' and
written by young people from around the world. The report considers the way
that Globalization affects young people and their communities. It offers
recommendations for action in order to maximize positive opportunities and
minimize the negative impacts of globalization. For more information
4th International Youth Dialogue
As the World Assembly of Youth is drawing to a close of its Millennium Plan
of Action, adopted in year 2000, the time has come for the organisation to
reassess its effectiveness in decision-making processes. After three
International Youth Dialogues, and several other international youth
meetings, the question that we need to ask ourselves is: how effective is
our voice in decision-making processes?
To discuss on these issues World Assembly of Youth (WAY) is hosting the 4th
International Youth Dialogue (MIYD04) at Melaka, Malaysia from June 28-30,
2004 with the theme Youth Participation in Decision-Making Processes.
The MIYD04 will therefore be a platform for young people to take stock of
their efficacy in decision-making processes at various levels. It will also
impart critical skills and knowledge to ensure that participants are
properly equipped to participate meaningfully in decision-making processes.
The organizer will provide the lodging boarding during the event to selected
participants, the international travel and other expenses to born by
participants or nominating organization. More detail is available on request
from ICYO secretariat (pl mention the name/org/country).
Youth Summit for the UN
The Bosnian Mission to the UN is sponsoring an event with Friendship
Ambassadors Foundation to build upon its upcoming Youth Summit in Sarajevo
by hosting this second gathering in New York, both the United Nations
Headquarters and the Wainwright House in upstate New York from August
17-20,2004. This summit is aimed at new youth who have not visited or worked
with the United Nations in the past as well as youth who are active and can
be mentors and guides, and is an opportunity to meet and discuss the
pressing issues of today, with a focus on U.N. initiatives and the
Millennium Development Goals.
Digital Generations: Children, Young People and New Media
The International Conference on Digital Generations: Children, young people
and new media will be held form 26-29 July 2004 at London, England and
organized by Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media Institute of
Education, University of London.
The themes will include: Digital divides: social differences in children's
uses of new media, Globalization and intercultural communication; Changing
youth and childhood identities; New media, schools and informal learning;
Regulation: censorship or consumer empowerment?; Play, games and
interactivity; Children and young people as media producers. For more detail
Int. Children's Conference on the Environment
The Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment to be held
19-23, July 2004 in New London, Connecticut, USA.
The Conference which open for children aged 10 - 13, expecting the delegates
from 100 countries around the world. Delegates will learn about and
discuss environmental topics around four major themes issues: Oceans, Rivers
and Waterways; Living on the Edge of Extinction; Indigenous Healing Ways;
The Conference is the largest U.N event dedicated to bringing children from
around the world together to discuss the environment and learn about their
rights and responsibilities as stewards. Delegates to the conference can
look forward to presenting environmental projects, asking questions to
environmental experts and recommending and challenging governments and
people of the world to address their environmental concerns and issues.
More importantly, delegates will be able to make friends from around the
world and enjoy evening shows and events specifically designed for their age
group. More information log on www.icc04.org
Conference on Entertainment Education
The Fourth Entertainment Education Conference will be held from the 26th to
30th September 2004 in South Africa. Entitled "Community and Context", the
conference will be held in Cape Town, South Africa. For more detail and
registration log on www.ee4.org
7th Global Conference: The Impact of National Youth Service
The 7th Global Conference of IANYS is to held from August 23-27, 2004 in
Accra, Ghana. President J. A. Kuffour of the Republic of Ghana is to give
the official welcome and opening address. The theme of the 7 GC is 'the
Impact of National Youth Service'.
Ghana National Service Scheme (GNSS) will organize the conference. For more
information contact madamarmstrong@...
Youth Leadership & Peace Building Course
The main aim of 'Youth Leadership and Peace Building course for Youth
Leaders in NGO sector' is to train youth leaders in the field of peace and
development in order to meet the challenges facing youth NGOs in the 21st
century either in the developed or developing countries of the world.
The course is designed for youth leaders (age between 25-30) across the
world working for the non-governmental sector. The International Youth
Development Foundation is organizer of the course and will be held from
16th-18th july,2004 in United Kingdom.
World Bank: My Vision, My Voice Photo Contest
The World Bank has launched a global photo contest titled, My Vision, My
Voice photo. Young people between the ages of 14 and 20 are invited to zoom
in on their surroundings and capture their world through images. What do
young people think the world needs more of, or less of - schools, jobs,
training, health services, something nobody else has thought of?
For more information log on www.youthink.worldbank.org/photocontest
International Youth Day
12 August is declared by United Nations as International Youth Day. This
year's theme will be the 'Youth and Intergenerational Relations'.
DPI World Summit 2004:Diversity Within
DPI's World Summit will be an opportunity for national assemblies,
disability organizations, NGOs, international development agencies, as well
as goods and services providers in the disability field to discuss and share
A major objective for DPI is the promotion of equality and diversity within
our organization. The theme for the Summit will be diversity of people and
their cultures and will focus on women, youth, and Indigenous & Arab
Over 30 workshops are planned for the three-day event. Some of the issues
that will be covered are: Human Rights; Self-determined Living; Bioethics;
Education; Participation; Sharing the Knowledge; Local Capacity Building.
The Conference will be held at Winnipeg, Canada from 8-10 September 2004.
For more detail log on www.dpi.org
Asian Women Parliamentarians & Ministers Conference
There is a need for women, especially women leaders, to assert leadership in
placing vital issues of poverty, gender and reproductive health on their
respective national agendas. The contribution of women leaders is critical
as they are directly involved in policy formulation, program implementation
and access to and control of budget allocation decisions. The upcoming 2nd
Asian Women Parliamentarians & Ministers Conference will strengthen the
women role in policymaking and more budget allocation for population control
and better reproductive health.
The Conference will be held from June 29 - 30, 2004 at Parliament House,
Canberra, Australia with the main theme "A woman's perspective: Population,
Development and Reproductive Health in the Asia-Pacific Region".
Australian All Party Parliamentary Group on Population and Development and
Asian Forum of Parliamentarians for Population and Development will organize
the Conference in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund
(UNFPA) and the Parliament of Australia.
The parliamentarians, ministers from Asia-Pacific region, UNFPA and UNIFEM
officials, are amangs those will be invited apart from observers from
multilateral and bilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations and
Training Course on International Youth Structures
The training course on International Youth Structures will be at European
Youth Centre, Strasbourg from October 5-16, 2004.
The main aim of the course is to help participants, already active in
to better understand and more effectively use European youth structures and
European youth programmes. The course is open for youth between the age of
18 and 30 years. For more detail log on www.coe.int
Seminar: Intercultural learning as a tool for a better inter-religious
The third annual International Youth Seminar on Intercultural learning as a
tool for a better inter-religious dialogue will be held from September 6-10,
2004 in Nazareth, Israel.
The main objective of the seminar is: to increase awareness of the role of
religion in shaping society, amongst youth from the international community;
to encourage critical thought amongst youth to help them to independently
confront religious and cultural misconceptions; to promote intercultural
dialogue as a tool for addressing common issues with a focus on
inter-religious dialogue; to promote understanding of different religions
and different theoretical and practical approaches regarding religion; to
build cooperation between countries and organizations. For more detail log
Global Youth In Action Awards
The 'Global Youth In Action Awards', which carry US$ 1,000, open for
application. The GYAN announce that Awards are given to projects initiated
by youth, and preference is given to projects less than two years old and
initiated by one or more youth under the age of 25 at the time of the
The purpose of award is to recognize and support positive youth action in
communities around the world. With a grant from the Shei'rah Foundation,
this year's awards program, GYAN seek to recognize youth-initiated projects
that take a new approach to problem-solving. The last date of receiving the
application is July 1, 2004. For more detail contact gyan@...
Reebok Human Rights Award for Youth
The Reebok Human Rights Award honours young people from around the world who
have made significant contributions to the cause of human rights, often
against great odds, last may years.
The purpose of the Award is to shine a positive, international light on the
awardees and to support their work in human rights. A $50,000 grant is
given to further the work of each Award recipient.
The applicants must be 30 years of age or younger on December 31, 2004 and
must be working on an issue that directly relates to the United Nations
Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For more detail log on
Award for Human Rights Defenders
The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA) is the main award
of the non-governmental human rights movement.
For more detail log on www.martinennalsaward.org/en/nomination/index.html
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Indian Committee of Youth Organizations (ICYO) is a registered non-profit,
non-governmental network organization, committed in developing areas of
mutual cooperation and understanding among different youth voluntary
agencies, youth groups, clubs and individuals working in the field of youth
welfare in India. ICYO functions as an umbrella organization of youth NGOs
in India. Its family consists of over 350 organizations spread in 122
districts of 22 states from different corners of India.
Affiliation: Consultative (Roster) Status with ECOSOC, United Nations;
Consultative Status with Commission on Sustainable Development; Full Member
of World Assembly of Youth (WAY); Full Member of Asian Youth Council (AYC);
Member of Youth for Habitat International Network (YFHIN); Affiliate group
of ECPAT International, Bangkok, Thailand.