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    In this Issue of ICYO-Youth Information:In this Issue of ICYO-Youth Information: q National Youth Camp held in Port Blair, Andaman q National
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      In this Issue of ICYO-Youth Information:

      In this Issue of ICYO-Youth Information:

      q       National Youth Camp held in Port Blair, Andaman

      q       National Integration Youth Camp held in Itanagar

      q       Maharashtra: Deliver at a Govt. hospital and get Rs 800 

      q       National Policy on Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse… - Meira Kumar 

      q       Youth Climate Change Web page on FAO web

      q       Fact File on Adolescent Health

      q       United Nations: Guidelines on Improving Juvenile Justice

      q       Bihar's Month Long March to Promote Sanitation

      Up-coming Events:

      Ø       International Youth Forum by WAY

      Ø       World Creative Youth Forum 2009

      Ø       Global Youth Forum

      Ø       Int. Children’s Conference on the Environment

      Ø       Global Youth Assembly 2009

      Ø       Global Model UN Conference

      Ø       Community Based Prevention, Management and Treatment of HIV/AIDS "Addressing Inadequate

      Ø       CONGO Civil Society Development Forum 2009

      Ø       First International Conference on Alcohol and HIV

      Ø       Int. Training on Logical Framework Analysis

      Ø       Global Conclave on Microfinance

      Ø       UNESCO - Goi Peace Foundation Int. Essay Contest 2009

      Ø       9th IWRM

      Ø      International Conference on Harm Reduction 2009

      Acknowledgement

       

      ICYO – Youth Information Newsletter

      Indian Committee of Youth Organizations

       

      Platform of 356 Youth Organizations in India

      India’s largest network of urban and rural youth

      No. 2009/12

      National Youth Camp held in Port Blair, Andaman

      The National Youth Project (NYP) had conducted another National Integration Youth Camp, which was held in Andaman from February 21 to 28, 2998. The camp attended by 426 youth from 30 states of India.

      Shri Shailesh, IAS, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of youth Affair’s and sports, Government of India, inaugurated the camp on February 21, 2009, who come all the way from Delhi to Port Blair for this camp. Shri S. N. Jha, Secretary Sports Arts and Culture of Andaman Nicobar Administration was the Chief guest. At the inauguration the national integration nature of Andaman profile was emphasized not only is there communal harmony have one can even find families is which more then one religion co-exist. The inaugural program concluded with the linguistic integration tableau.

      Camper interact with Mrs Sonia Gandhi and Lt Governor of Andaman

      All the 426 youths from 31 States gathered at the Raj Nivas on the 27th evening and Smt. Sonia Gandhi was happy to meet them and listen to their patriotic song. Morning in frost of them, the met them all and they were happy. Lt. governor Lt. gen Bhupender Singh also joined the campers.

      The schedule kept the youth all day busy, this includes the morning warm-up exercise, games, flag salutation, talent exchange classes, Groups discussion of burning issues for youth and in evening peace march in nearby areas which concluded with all Religions Prayers followed by cultural programme

      Interestingly, the youths had programmes in the ship also on they had to travel 3 days on ship each way

      National Integration Youth Camp held in Itanagar

      National Youth Project organized the National Integration Youth Camp in Itangar, Arunachal Pradesh that was held from November 24 to December 1, 2008. The camp was attended by 357 youth 23 state of India.

      There is need to build the spirit of peace, harmony and goodwill among the people of the northeast and strengthen the bonds of relationship between the people of northeast and mainland. YOUTH CAMPS and YOUTH EXCHANGE Programmes are the best media for achieving this objective. The camp was the good example of youth initiative to create the bond by local youth those took all the responsibility to make the success of the camp by all means.

      The schedule kept the youth all day busy, this includes the morning warm-up exercise, sharm dan (project work by work donation), games, flag salutation, talent exchange classes, Groups discussion of burning issues for youth and in evening peace march in nearby areas which concluded with all Religions Prayers followed by cultural programme.

      Maharashtra: Deliver at a Govt. hospital and get Rs 800 

      The Maharastra state government has decided to give Rs 800 as cash incentive to pregnant women who deliver at a civic or government hospital. The idea, said government officials, is to not only reduce maternal mortality rate, but also to increase the number of safe deliveries at hospitals.

      The 'Matrutva Anudan Yojana', which is being implemented under the National Rural Health Misson, is already applicable. "All pregnant women, irrespective of caste, creed and income groups, will be given Rs 800 (Rs 400 for medicines, calcium and multi-vitamin pills and another Rs 400 for the institutional delivery).

      National Policy on Prevention of Alcoholism and
      Drug Abuse to be Formulated - Meira Kumar 

       The Government is proposing to formulate a comprehensive National Policy on issues related to prevention of alcoholism and drug abuse. Addressing the 1st meeting of the National Consultative Committee on Drug De-addiction and rehabilitation recently held, Smt. Meira Kumar, Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment announced that soon a sub-committee would be made to make the first draft proposal of the National Policy.

      Youth Climate Change Web page on FAO web

      The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has created a new Climate Change Web Portal which includes a section dedicated to Children and Youth. Information on current activities, resources and other initiatives can be accessed, including information on the International Drawing Competition "Our World, Our Climate, Our Food", a joint initiative of FAO and World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts that was launched to raise awareness on climate change and food security issues, as well as promote active involvement of children and youth. For more information log on http://www.fao.org/climatechange/51175/en/

      Fact File on Adolescent Health

      The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a new "Fact File on Adolescent Health" that explores topics of concern to adolescents and provides strategies to improve their health across the globe.

      The ‘fact file’ explains that adolescents have specific health and development needs, and that many face challenges that hinder their well-being, including poverty, a lack of access to health information and services, and unsafe environments. It shows how necessary interventions can save lives and foster a new generation of productive adults who better serve their communities. For more information log on:

      http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/adolescent_health/en/index.html

      United Nations: Guidelines on Improving Juvenile Justice

      The document entitled "Guidance Note of the Secretary General - UN Approach to Justice for Children" was published by the United Nations in September 2008. The Note provides guiding principles and a framework for UN activities on justice for children at the national level within conflict and development contexts. It also aims to ensure that children, defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child as all persons under the age of eighteen, are better served and protected by justice systems, including the security and social welfare sectors. More information:

      http://www.juvenilejusticepanel.org/resources/?act=res&cat=&nod=_root_&id=UNGuidanceNoteSGUNApproachJChildren08&start=1

      Bihar's Month Long March to Promote Sanitation

      To promote health through good hygiene practices the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) of the Government of Bihar, WaterAid and UNICEF took up a month long Gram Gaurav Yatra to promote sanitation in Bihar recently.

      A Gram Gaurav Yatra is a 'solidarity march', where people march peacefully, gathering support as they go, not stopping until action is taken by those in power.

      The Bihar march started on 28 January and finished on 28 February 2009.

      Up-coming Events:

      International Youth Forum by WAY

      The World Assembly of Youth and the National Youth Organization of Libyan Youth (NOLY) will jointly organizing the International Youth Forum (IYF) and will be held from April 13 to 15, 2009 at Tripoli, Libya.

      The theme selected for IYF 2009 is “The Role of Youth on Poverty Eradication”. 

      The participation is open for the representatives of International Youth Organizations, Regional Youth Organizations, and National Youth Councils

      World Creative Youth Forum 2009

      World Creative Youth Forum (WCYF) 2009 will be held form May 5-10, 2009 in Philippines.  The theme of the Forum is "Education for Sustainable Development" and will focus on Peace and Human Rights, Climate Change, Sustainable Lifestyle, Entrepreneurship, Education and Technology, and Advocacy for Sustainable Development. For more information log on www.worldcreativeyouthforum.net

      Global Youth Forum

      The Global Youth Forum will be held from June 9-14, 2009 in Mangolia and organized by organized by OYUNLAL-UILS. The Forum aims to encourage dialogue among young people to develop mutual understanding and cooperation in addressing global problems. Issues covered at the Forum will include environmental protection & climate change, poverty, decent work and unemployment, public health policy and HIV/AIDS, and gender equality. For more information log on www.oyunlaguils.mn/index.php?ID=7

      Int. Children’s Conference on the Environment

      The Tunza Conference will be held from August 17-21,,2009 in Daejeon, South Korea and organized by UNEP in cooperation with UNEP National Committee for the Republic of Korea. The theme for this year will be : "Climate Change: Our Challenge”. The conference is open for children aged 10 to 14. For more information log on

      www.unep.org/Tunza/Children/Events/icc_2009/ 

      Global Youth Assembly 2009

      The second Ignite Change Now! Global Youth Assembly will be held from July 30th-August 2nd, 2009 in Canada and organized by John Humphrey Centre.

      The Assembly is for 1000 youth under the age of 16-28 year of age. For more information log on  www.youthassembly.ca

      Global Model UN Conference

      The UN Department of Public Information will be organizing the first annual Global Model UN Conference in Geneva, Switzerland from 5-7 August 2009. The event will bring together the best university-level students from Model UN programmes currently organized around the world.  The theme for the first conference will be "The Millennium Developments Goals -- Lifting the bottom billion out of poverty".

      Community Based Prevention, Management and Treatment of HIV/AIDS "Addressing Inadequate Knowledge of HIV"

      The International Centre of Excellence for Health Management (ICEHM) will be organizing the International Programme on Community Based Prevention, Management and Treatment of HIV/AIDS "Addressing Inadequate Knowledge of HIV" and to be held from May 07 – 25, 2009, at Int. Centre of Excellence for Health Management (ICEHM) Galillee College in Israel. For more detail and registration log on: www.galilcol.ac.il/registration.asp or write to: rmichaelis@...

      CONGO Civil Society Development Forum 2009

      CONGO’s Civil Society Development Forum (CSDF) 2009 will be held from July 2 to 4, 2009 in Geneva. The Forum will focus “Implementing the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in regard to Global Public Health”. More information available at www.ngocongo.org

      First International Conference on Alcohol and HIV

      First International Conference on Alcohol and HIV in India will be held from August 3-4, 2009 in Mumbai. The Pre-conference training workshop will be August 1-2, 2009.

      The International Institute for Population Sciences (Mumbai, India), the Institute for Community Research (USA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, N.I.H. (USA) are sponsors of the event.

      For more information log on: http://www.alchivconf2009.in/

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      In this Issue of ICYO-Youth Information:In this Issue of ICYO-Youth Information: Ø New Indian Government promise for more focus on Youth Development. Ø
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        In this Issue of ICYO-Youth Information:

        In this Issue of ICYO-Youth Information:

        Ø       New Indian Government promise for more focus on Youth Development.

        Ø       Indian Rail Ministry announces schemes for girl child and young people.

        q       Yuva (Youth)Trains

        q       Free rail passes for Students

        q       Only Ladies Special

        Ø       Youth speak out to International Leaders

        Coming Events:

        Ø        International Youth Day 2009 - Sustainability: Our Challenge, Our Future

        Ø        Dignity for all – Campaign

         

        ICYO – Youth Information Newsletter

        Indian Committee of Youth Organizations

           

        Platform of 356 Youth Organizations in India

        India’s largest network of urban and rural youth

        No. 2009/25

        New Indian Government promise for more focus on Youth Development

         

        The new Indian Government took charge with the commitment for consolidation of the existing programmes for Employment, Education, and Health that directly affects the YOUNG PEOPLE.

         

        On 4th June 2009, Honourable President of India, Mrs Pratibha Singh Patil address the joint session of both houses parliament.

         

        Mrs Patil assured the house that new government on concerted action for the welfare of women, youth, children, other backward classes, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, minorities, the differently-abled and the elderly along with strengthened social protection.

         

        The government will be on making quality education a right through the enactment of the Right to Free and Compulsory Education. The new government will take several measures to promotion for middle and higher education.

         

        Mrs. Patil mentioned that over 50 percent of India’s population is below 25 years of age and their creative energy is greatest strategic resource for country. “The challenge is to invest in their education, employability and employment. India has the capacity to contribute to a fourth of the global work force if it invests in skill development of its youth. Education which provides employable skills holds the key for equal opportunities for Other Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Minorities.”

         

        Besides making massive investment in education, new government will focus on the national skill development initiative that has commenced operation with the very ambitious goal of creation of 500 million skilled people by 2022 so that we realize the demographic dividend.

         

        Under river cleaning programme, the Voluntary National Youth Corps which could take up creative social action around the river cleaning and beautification programme beginning with the river Ganga.

         

        ’Enabling non government organizations in the area of development action seeking government support through a web-based transaction on a government portal in which the status of the application will be transparently monitorable.”

         

        In final word of her speech Mrs Patil said “Our young people are tearing down the narrow domestic walls of religion, region, language, caste, and gender that confine them. The nation must invest in their hope. My Government will ensure that its policies for education and science and technology are imbued with a spirit of innovation so that the creativity of a billion people is unleashed. The next ten years would be dedicated as a Decade of Innovation. It may be a symbolic gesture but an important gesture to drive home the need to be innovative in finding solutions to our many challenges.”

         

        President further address on youth problem, “India’s young population is naturally restless and wants to see change quickly. My Government carries the weight of their dreams. Together let us dedicate ourselves to making each day of the next five years, a day closer to the realization of their dreams.”

         

        Indian Rail Ministry announces schemes for girl child and young people.

         

        The proposed budget of Railways announces various concession for youth, children and women for current year.

         

        Yuva (Youth)Trains:

        Due to economic difficulties poor youth are not able to travel on normal trains. To keep observation Raiways will run “Yuva Trains” dedicated specially for the young generation.

         

        These trains will be introduced between major cities to ensure that the youth and low income groups can travel at low rates between these cities.

         

        The new low-priced fast train service will be started to connect youth in rural hinterlands to major metros/cities. The train will provide air conditioned seated accommodation and will run from point to point for distances ranging 24 from 1000 km to 2500 km. The fare will be Rs 299 for distances up to 1500 km and Rs 399 for distances up to 2500 km.

         

        A weekly service will be introduced as a pilot service within three months in the following sections a) Mumbai to Delhi b) Delhi to Kolkata.

         

        Free rail passes for Students:

        The girls child will get the free monthly season tickets for second class travel between school and home for girl

        students up to graduation and for boy students up to 12th standard will be extended to students attending Madrasa, High Madrasa and senior Madrasa.

         

        Only Ladies Special:

        To keep in mind the considerable difficulties faceby working women while travelling for work. Rail Minister announced ‘Only Ladies’ EMU train services in Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata suburban on the pattern of Mumbai suburban. These services will run for the convenience of women passengers during office hours.

         

        Youth speak out to International Leaders

         

        The Youth Event of the 2nd Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations (AoC) on 4-5 April brought nearly 100 youth together in Istanbul, Turkey, to ensure that youth could contribute to the Alliance´s aims of improving understanding and cooperation among nations and peoples across cultures and religion.

        Youth at the Second Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations

        During the youth leg of the Forum, a framework for a planned Youth Advisory Committee was also developed. This committee which will work with the AoC on the implementation and evaluation of its Youth Strategy and help coordinate the Global Youth Movement for the Alliance of Civilizations.

         

        The youth participants also worked to prepare concrete recommendations directed at the main Forum. The policy-oriented recommendations aimed at shaping the deliberations and outcomes of the meeting.

         

        12 August: International Youth Day 2009

        The theme for International Youth Day 2009 is Sustainability: Our Challenge, Our Future.

         

        Sustainability encapsulates three facets of life: the environment, society and the economy, and sustainable development can only occur where these three intersect in symbiotic fashion. Therefore, in order to embrace the challenge of sustainability in its fullness, we must all adopt a global sense of social responsibility.

         

        The United Nations Programme on Youth is encouraging youth organisations around the world to host community barter fairs for International Youth Day. Remember, with bartering there is no money involved, only pure exchange of goods and services.

         

        THE CAMPAIGN: Dignity for all


        Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA India), the Four Slum Regional Network (Thailand), the Nairobi People’s Settlement Network (NPSN), Ekta Parishad (India), Union National dos Moradias Popular (Brazil), the European Anti Poverty Network, the International Alliance of Inhabitants, and Dignity International are preparing to launch a campaign on Dignity for all in October 2009.


        The campaign will focus on pushing governments to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of people in urban and rural areas whose realities are currently being ignored by the state. These are people, families and communities that are either not taken into account by public policy or deliberately under attack by state or non state actors with the support of the state.

        Because they are poor, considered illegal, or occupying land illegally, because they do not fit in the state’s structure of life and work, they are systematically ignored or persecuted. This campaign is thus going to call attention to these groups and the violations they are victims of as a result of their way of life, and socio economic status.

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        Youth Information is published by

        Indian Committee of Youth Organizations (ICYO)

        194-A, Arjun Nagar, Safdarjang Enclave

        New Delhi 110029, India

        Phone: 91 9811729093  / 91 11 26183978 Fax 91 11 26198423

        Email: icyoindia@... / icyo@...

        Web:  www.icyo.in

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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. It's family consists of
        over 356 organizations spread in 122 districts of 22 states from different corners of India.

        Our goal:
        To improve and extend the youth work and services through Youth Organizations;
        To enhance and demonstrate youth work in the society;
        To promote effective youth programmmes;
        To organize network of civil society organizations working towards the development of youth work;
        To organize seminars, conferences, workshops, trainings;
        To maintain international relation with organizations promoting young people in their programmes and activities

        Affiliation

        Consultative (Roster) Status with ECOSOC, United Nations;
        Consultative Status with Commission on Sustainable Development;
        Full Member of World Assembly of Youth (WAY); Asian Youth Council (AYC);
         CRIN, South Asia Youth Environment Network (SAYEN),

        Affiliate group of ECPAT International, Thailand;
        ATSECE-DELHI, Indian Partner of AIDS Care Watch Campaign;
        Steering Committee member of World Bank's YDP Network;
        Working relation with Indian Association of Parliamentarians (IAPPD);
        International Medical Parliamentarians Organizations (IMPO);
        Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD);
        World Youth Foundation, Malaysia.

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        In this Issue of ICYO-Youth Information: Ø UN Proclaims International Year of Youth in 2010 Ø Arya Youth should act to eliminate the orthodox from the
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          In this Issue of ICYO-Youth Information:

          Ø  UN Proclaims International Year of Youth in 2010

          Ø  Arya Youth should act to eliminate the orthodox from the society

          Ø  Reproductive Health & Domestic Violence Workshop for teenagers held

          Ø  Official launch of WAY Headquarters officially launched

          Ø  Democracy Walk

          Ø  UNFPA: Sixth Meeting of the Global Youth Advisory Panel

          Up-coming Events:

          Ø  UN-HABITAT: World Urban Youth Assembly

          Ø  Global Youth Service Day (GYSD)

          Ø  5th Global Youth Employment Summit (YES)

          Ø  London International Youth Science Forum

          Ø  The 5th World Youth Congress

          ICYO – Youth Information Newsletter

          Indian Committee of Youth Organizations

           

          Platform of 356 Youth Organizations in India

          India’s largest network of urban and rural youth

          No. 2010/8

          UN Proclaims International Year of Youth in 2010

          In an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world’s youth in overcoming the challenges facing humankind, from enhancing peace to boosting economic development, the United Nations today proclaimed an International Year of Youth starting on 12 August 2010.

          “The International Year is about advancing the full and effective participation of youth in all aspects of society,” UN Focal Point on Nicola Shepherd said. “We encourage all sectors of society to work in partnership with youth and youth organizations to better understand their needs and concerns and to recognize the contributions that they can make to society.”

          In its resolution proclaiming the Year, the General Assembly called on governments, civil society, individuals and communities worldwide to support activities at local and international levels to mark the event.

          Under the theme ‘Dialogue and Mutual Understanding,’ the Year aims to encourage dialogue and understanding across generations and promote the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and freedoms, and solidarity.

          It also encourages young people to dedicate themselves to fostering progress, including the attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals, which seek to slash a host of social ills, ranging from extreme poverty and hunger to maternal and infant mortality to lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.

          Several international events are already scheduled throughout the year, including the Fifth World Youth Congress from 31 July to 13 August in Istanbul, and the World Conference for Youth in Mexico City from 24 to 27 August. Both gatherings will focus on youth and sustainable development in the context of the MDGs.

          The inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore from 14 to 26 August will seek to inspire youth around the world to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.

          Arya Youth should act to
          eliminate the orthodox from the society

                                     - Prof. Kiran Walia, Health Mininster, Delhi Govt.

          Text Box:  
Prof. Kiran Walia, Health Minister, Government of Delhi lighting the lamp during the conference. Mr Anil Arya (right) also in picture alongwith other dignitaries.
The three day Conference was  of Kendriya Arya Yuvak Parishad (Central Arya Youth Council) was held from 29 January to 31 January 2010 at Safdarjung Enclave Ground in New Delhi. The Conference address by many spiritual, religious leaders, politicians and ministers and attended by representatives of various Arya Samaj from all over India, youth and students from various school and gurukuls.

          Prof (Ms) Kiran Walia worried that TV channel way the orthodox spreading in society which creating the barriers in developing the healthy society by TV channels. We have to create the society where there no wall of religion, upper- low cast, rich-poor. Arya Youth can work to shape harmonious society.

          Earlier, Mr. Anil Arya, President of Council welcome the all the delegates. He stress on oneness in Arya samaj to eliminate the ill will from the society and construct strong, inter-depended society which help in development process of the country.

          Mr Devinder Bhagat, Press Secretary told ‘Youth Information’ that KAYP one of the priority to focus on over all development of Arya Young People. To achieve this Council is organizing the regular camps for character building of young people. He informed that KAYP working in direction last many years and organizing the camps for boys and girls apart from massage spread by organizing the cultural and bhajan sandhya.

          Reproductive Health & Domestic Violence Workshop for teenagers held

          The PGVS-Ekta Parishad organized the three workshops on reproductive health and domestic violence. The workshop held on 16th, 17th and 18th of December 2009 in Patna, Bihar and attended by 30 girls between 12 and 14 years old from villages of the Patna district.

          Over 3 days, these girls from poor families were gathered, sharing not only the classes but also the meals and the bedrooms.

          Some of them never got the chance to go to school and most of them will not continue the studies. In the rural area of Bihar, the economic situation is very difficult. In many villages, people are currently suffering from hunger because of the drought. In those conditions, the children and especially the girls are not encouraged to go to school but to stay at home to assume domestic work meanwhile the other members of the family go to work outside.

          WAY Headquarters Officially Launched

          Text Box:  
Ravi Narayan, Secretary General of ICYO with WAY President, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Bin Mohd Rustam.

The office complex of World Assembly of Youth (WAY) and World Youth Foundation were official launched on 12 December 2009. The complex is situated in Malaka, Malaysia.

          Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Bin Mohd Rustam, Chief Minister of Melaka and the President of World Assembly of Youth was the chief guest.

          In his speech, Datuk Seri Ali said that 'The office of WAY is dedicated
          to providing services and support for meetings, planning, forum and
          dialogues for youth development and programs globally. Together, we are
          gathered here to not only launch the office of WAY but also the launching of its effectiveness as the headquarters of WAY internationally.' He added further 'It is from this office that every youth leaders and youth organizations around the world can get assistance for their events and programme.

          Mr Ravi Narayan (Secretary General of ICYO) attended the event.

          Democracy Walk

           

          Earlier in the morning, about 2000 youth walk from city centre in Malaka to complex to strengthen the Democracy.

           

          Draft of Maharastra State Youth Policy ready

          Mumbai, Dec. 29 - The maiden draft of the Maharashtra State Youth Policy (MSYP) has been finalized by MP Supriya Sule and handed over to Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Bhaskar Jadhav and secretary, education and youth affairs Sanjay Kumar.

          The draft includes suggestions like establishing state youth commission on the lines of state women's commission and setting up youth resource centres at district level.

          The team involved in preparing the policy draft included Mathew Mattam,chief executive office of Centre for Youth Development and Activities (CYDA), Vishwas Thakur, Kaustubh Devle, Anand Bang of Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health,Gadchiroli, under the leadership of Ms Supriya Sule, MP.

          "Other than forming the state youth commission, the final draft also talks of setting up district youth development centres or resource centres with one-window scheme that will provide information on employment opportunities, various career-oriented courses, health facilities and others," said Datta Balasaraf, one of the committee members.

          The policy also recommends special focus on girls, tribal youth, dropouts and handicapped youth.

          UNFPA: Sixth Meeting of the Global Youth Advisory Panel

          The Global Youth Advisory Panel of UNFPA, which consists of twenty two young people from all over the world met in New York from 4-6 November 2009 to advise UNFPA on its youth programme and activities for the year 2010. The panel acts as a mechanism to promote dialogue between UNFPA and young people and as a way for UNFPA to seek advice from young people on the strategic areas it works on.

          Highlights of the meeting included discussions on Climate Change, as that is the theme of the 2009 UNFPA State of the World Population Report, the UN Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education and the proposal of the Mexican Government to host a World Youth Conference in August, 2010.  The recommendations of the panel address a wide range of issues and will guide the work of UNFPA's youth programme in the coming year.

          Up-coming Events:

          UN-HABITAT: World Urban Youth Assembly

          The World Urban youth Assembly will be held on 19-20 March 2010 prior to the Fifth Session of the World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Young people will meet to discuss and debate issues of concern among themselves focused on urbanization, unemployment, human settlements and good governance. The youth assembly assists youth to make meaningful contributions into the discussions of the World Urban Forum.

          The World Urban Youth Assembly will have the following strategic goals: to become the premier platform for youth to discuss lessons learned from UN-HABITAT and partners' programmes in the area of urban youth led development; to profile and disseminate models of urban youth le! d development developed by UN-HABITAT and its partners; and to become a platform for experts and practitioners to deliberate on research, policy and practice as well as lessons learned on urban youth issues.

          For more information log on http://www.unhabita t.org/content. asp?typeid= 19&catid=584&cid=6829 

          Global Youth Service Day (GYSD)-23-25 of April 2010

          The Global Youth Service Day is a time in the year to come together to focus the world's attention on what young people are contributing every single day.

          During Global Youth Service Day, millions of youth around the world organize community service projects to address the needs of their local communities through service, to be recognized for their contributions, and to be a part of a global youth service movement.

          For more information log on http://gysd. org/

          5th Global Youth Employment Summit (YES)

          5th Global Youth Employment Summit (YES) is organized by YES together with Tällberg Foundation and the Swedish Government as the official host. The theme of the Summit is to be "Youth, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability". The Summit will be held from June 13-19, 2010 in Dalarna, Sweden.

          For more information log on http://www.yesweb.org/sweden.html

          London International Youth Science Forum

          The London International Youth Science Forum will be held from July 28- August 11, 2010 in London.

          For more information log on http://www.liysf.org.uk/

          The 5th World Youth Congress

          The 5th World Youth Congresses on Youth and Development will be held from July 31-August 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey.

          For more information log on http://www.turkiye2010.org/en.html  

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          Youth Information is published by

          Indian Committee of Youth Organizations (ICYO)

          194-A, Arjun Nagar, Safdarjang Enclave

          New Delhi 110029, India

          Phone: 91 9811729093  / 91 11 26183978 Fax 91 11 26198423

          Email: icyoindia@... / icyo@...

          Web:  www.icyo.in

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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. It's family consists of
          over 356 organizations spread in 122 districts of 22 states from different corners of India.

          Our goal:
          To improve and extend the youth work and services through Youth Organizations;
          To enhance and demonstrate youth work in the society;
          To promote effective youth programmmes;
          To organize network of civil society organizations working towards the development of youth work;
          To organize seminars, conferences, workshops, trainings;
          To maintain international relation with organizations promoting young people in their programmes and activities

          Affiliation

          Consultative (Roster) Status with ECOSOC, United Nations;
          Consultative Status with Commission on Sustainable Development;
          Full Member of World Assembly of Youth (WAY); Asian Youth Council (AYC);
           CRIN, South Asia Youth Environment Network (SAYEN),

          Affiliate group of ECPAT International, Thailand;
          ATSECE-DELHI, Indian Partner of AIDS Care Watch Campaign;
          Steering Committee member of World Bank's YDP Network;
          Working relation with Indian Association of Parliamentarians (IAPPD);
          International Medical Parliamentarians Organizations (IMPO);
          Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD);
          World Youth Foundation, Malaysia.

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            In this Issue of ICYO-Youth Information:

            Ø  Survey reveals India’s gaping generation gap

            Ø  UN honours AFPPD with population award

            Ø  World Youth Conference Mexico 2010

            Ø  State of the Urban Youth 2010 - 2011 Report Launched

            Ø  Intergroup on Youth in European Parliament formed

            Ø  Youth Delegates attended the 48th session of the UN Commission for Social Development

            Ø  International Essay Contest for Young People by UNESCO

            Up-coming Events:

            Ø  National Youth Camps

            Ø  International Conference on Intercultural Dialogue

            Ø  People SAARC

            Ø  Global Youth Service Day (GYSD)

            Ø  Arya Youth Camps

            Ø  WSIS Forum 2010

            Ø  Global Youth Employment Summit (YES)

            Ø  Executive Certificate Course in Leadership and Society Programme

            Ø  Melaka International Youth Dialogue (MIYD)

            Ø  International Model United Nations 

            Ø  London International Youth Science Forum

            Ø  The 5th World Youth Congress

            Ø  South Asian International Fund Raising Workshop

            Ø  CIVICUS Youth Assembly

            Ø  United Nations DPI/NGO Conference – “Global Health”

            Ø  Global Youth Enterprise & Livelihoods Development Conference 2010

            Ø  Global Conference on National Youth Service

            Ø  Asian Conference on Education 2010

            Acknowledgement

             

            ICYO – Youth Information Newsletter

            Indian Committee of Youth Organizations

             

            Platform of 356 Youth Organizations in India

            India’s largest network of urban and rural youth

            No. 2010/19

            Survey reveals India’s gaping generation gap

            Text Box: The Institute for Population Sciences and Population Council conducted the survey in Delhi on YOUTH and endorsed by Union Health Ministry and Delhi government both. Recently, finding of the Survey on Youth published in newspapers.
We are reproducing the news item appear in Times of India.

 

            New Delhi: Are your children talking to you? Perhaps not

            Fathers appear to be worse off when it comes to communicating with their children. Only 7% boys and 4% girls aged 15-24 discuss “growing up” issues with their fathers, according to a recently-concluded youth survey.

             

            Mothers were equally bad when it came to their sons, with only 6% boys confiding and “discussing life” with them. In comparison, 77% of girls spoke more freely to their mothers, mostly about issues relating to menstruation.

            The survey, conducted by the International Institute for Population Sciences and Population Council and endorsed by the Union health ministry, spoke to nearly 51,000 married and unmarried young males and females from six states — Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

             

            The survey found that school performance, which is not a sensitive topic, was the most common subject of conversation between children and their parents. In contrast, embarrassing topics, such as romance, relationships and reproduction, were rarely discussed with either parent (only 2% of young men and 6% of young women did so).

             

            When it came to reproductive issues, children were equally secretive with both parents. The findings also suggest that parents controlled their children’s social interaction, particularly if it it involved members of the opposite sex. For example, 69% of young men and 84% of young women expected parental disapproval if they brought a friend of the opposite sex home. In contrast, just 9% of men and 5% of women reported that their mother and father would be angry if they brought home friends of the same gender.

             

            But there were some differences in perception on this matter. Among young men, for example, 64% of those from Maharashtra and the southern states perceived disapproval from both parents, but 71-80% of those from northern states said the same. For young women it was 74-85% and 82-97% respectively. (Kounteya Sinha/Tims of India)

             

            UN honours AFPPD (Asian lawmakers’ group) with Population Award

             

            The United Nations is recognizing philanthropists ‘Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) and Bill and Melinda Gates with this year’s Population Award.

             

            Established by the General Assembly in 1981, the UN Population Award is given annually to individuals and institutions for outstanding contributions to population concerns and their solutions.

             

            The selection are done by the award committee, (member of committee are elected by the UN Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC) and UN Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-moon and UNFPA Executive Director Ms Thoraya Obaid are ex-officio member.

             

            This year award is share by AFPPD and Mr. and Mrs. Gates.

             

            According to the statement released by United Nations, AFPPD is honoured for its commitment to informing, educating, motivating and involving parliamentarians on issues related to reproductive health, family planning, food security, ageing, urbanization, migration, HIV and AIDS and women's empowerment. The detail information of AFPPD available at www.afppd.org

             

            Mr Bill Gates and Mrs Melinda are sharing the Population award. Microsoft founder Mr Bill Gates and his wife Mrs Melinda founded and chair the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,  which has long been working on a “simple premise: all lives have equal value”.  

             

            The awards are scheduled to be presented during a ceremony on 3 June at UN Headquarters in New York.

             

            World Youth Conference Mexico 2010

            Mexico is celebrating this year, the two hundred Independence and a hundred Revolution anniversaries. The World Youth Conference 2010 (WYC Mexico 2010) is one of the events to celebrate the occasion.

             

            WYC Mexico 2010 will be held from August 23 to 27 in Monterrey, Mexico and will bring together more than 400 young people from the country and from all over the world in order to have a conversation and a proposal with Government representatives, legislators and organisms of the civil society. From that dialog, action solutions will be looked for on subjects of global importance to be met at the international agenda of development, beyond the Millennium Development Goals.

             

            The conference is also important as this will held during the UN International Youth Year.

             

            The WYC Mexico 2010 will be composed of 3 main events that will be interconnected, each representative of the key actors involved in strengthening youth participation in the development of the future: the Governments Forum, the Legislators Forum and the Social Forum.

             

            The preparation for the Conference is going and international organizing committee is formed which included mostly the representatives of International Coordinator Meeting of Youth Organisations (ICMYO) from Europe and America regions.

             

            For more detail and registration log on http://www.youth2010.org.

            Last date for application is April 30, 2010

             

            State of the Urban Youth 2010 - 2011 Report Launched

            The world today is younger than it has ever been, with half of the global population under the age of 25, and the majority of those living and growing up in cities and slums. This “youth bulge” defines one of the great challenges of the 21st century, this being how do governments at all levels overcome this urban divide, a divide where youth are finding themselves marginalized and excluded?

             

            The State of the Urban Youth 2010-2011 report uniquely focuses on calling for the global community to level the playing field for urban youth. In this report UN-HABITAT focuses on youth exclusion from opportunities in urban areas, with the report imploring that now is the time to provide targeted programmes for urban youth so as to assure their equal access to opportunities. This report is based on a survey on youth opportunity and inequality given in four rapidly urbanizing cities: Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai, Kingston, Nairobi and Lagos.

             

            The findings of the survey suggest that young people have unequal access to basic services such as housing, education and employment, which leads to the youth not being able to have meaningful work or study.

             

            The report suggests that inequality in earnings and assets are related to the unequal opportunities that youth face throughout their lives. Education was found to be the key determinant of equal opportunity. Other factors which affected this opportunity were: predetermined circumstances beyond the youths control such as gender, race, ethnicity, education level of parents, disability and region of birth; family resources such as childhood residence and access to basic services and a secure shelter could effect the mental and physical growth of a child, which in turn could limit their social, economic and cultural networks; intergenerational inequalities, where parents who are educated are more willing to invest in their offspring’s education and place high expectations on them receiving good results; and gender disparities in education which lead to unequal opportunities in later life.

             

            Intergroup on Youth in European Parliament formed

            2010-02-11%20Abad%201-2An Intergroup or Forum of Parliamentarians from different political groups on Youth has been created in the European Parliament and its first constitutive meeting held on 11 February 2010 in Strasbourg.

             

            The Intergroup, established by a decision of the Conference of the Presidents on 10 December 2009, allows the building up of a truly cross-sectoral policy approach to youth issues in Europe.  he Intergroup on Youth aims to bridge the gap between young people and the European Union, and it is an important platform for consultation between Members of Parliament and interest groups. The priorities of the Intergroup are to deal with the four themes of youth autonomy and social inclusion, mobility, education and active citizenship.

             

            Youth Delegates attended the 48th session of the UN Commission for Social Development

            Seven Youth Delegates from Belgium, Germany, Romania and Switzerland represented youth in their countries at the 48th Commission for Social Development (CSA) which was held from 3-12 February 2010, at the UN Headquarters in New York.

             

            Youth Delegates are a vital link between young people and the intergovernmental processes at the United Nations. After going through rigorous selection processes in their own countries, Youth Delegates travel around the country, visiting schools and meeting youth organizations in preparation for their role as representatives of youth. They then bring the concerns of the young people in their own countries to the attention of world leaders at meetings such as the above mentioned UN Commission for Social Development, as well as the UN General Assembly. Youth Delegates often form part of their official national delegations.

             

            International Essay Contest for Young People by UNESCO

            United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) together with the Goi Peace Foundation invite young people from around the world to 2010 International Essay Contest for Young People.

             

            The theme for the essay is: "MY ROLE IN CREATING A PEACEFUL WORLD."

             

            What is your vision of a peaceful and harmonious world? What can you and the young people of the world do to realize that vision?


            First prize winners will receive a cash award and a trip to Japan.

             

            The deadline for entry is 30 June 2010.For complete guidelines, log on http://www.unesco.org/youth 

             

             

            Upcoming events

             

            National Youth Camps

            National Youth Project conducting the regular youth camp for the youth age of 18 to 35, all over India. The recently concluded the camp in Jaipur, Rajasthan. In forthcoming comps includes the camp in Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar. This Children Festival will be held in Karnataka.

             

            Here is the detail of few next Youth camps.

             

            National Integration Youth Camp

            Date: April 23-30. 2010

            Place: Tawan, Arunachal Pradesh

             

            National Integration Youth Camp

            Date: May 20- 27, 2010

            Place:  Muzaffarpur, Bihar

             

            National Children Festival

            Date: November 15-21, 2010

            Place: Dharwad-Hubli, Karnataka

             

            We invites the youth to participate and be involve in create Peace and Harmony in the region. Participants avail the railway concession, if travel in group of five. The needy youth group will also provide travel support.

             

            For further detail and participation write to ICYO secretariat: icyoindia@... 

             

            International Conference on Intercultural Dialogue

            Date: April 26 – 30, 2010

            Place: Malacca, Malaysia

             

            World Youth Foundation is organizing an international conference with theme “No East, No West“ with focus on “fostering understanding and building bridges across cultures among young people of Asia and Europe”.

            The objectives of the conference are:

             

            - To create awareness of cultural differences at local, national and international level, as well as to identify existing common ground.

            -  To increase intercultural and interfaith dialogue and build bridges between those of different faith and ethnicity especially between young people of Asia and Europe.

            -  To encourage initiatives aimed at promoting understanding of the diverse cultures and faith of countries in Asia and Europe particularly among the younger generation.

            -  To recognize that religious leaders, politicians, the business community and young people have a role in promoting a peaceful world.

            -   To promote the use of mass-media and ICTs for the promotion of peace, dialogue and non-violence.

             

            Further detail available from ICYO secretariat, on email icyoindia@...

             

            People SAARC

            The SAARC summit is planned to be held in Thimpu, Bhutan on 28-29 April 2010.

             

            To raise the concern of the people of this region, several organisations and individuals who have been active in the People’s SAARC process have been meeting in New Delhi and have decided to organise People’s SAARC 2010 under the banner of “Union of South Asian People’s”.

             

            It is proposed that People’s SAARC 2010 be held in New Delhi on 22-23 April 2010, to not just raise the issues of people’s organisations within SAARC countries but, also strategically raise the banner of opposition to the absence of democratic rights in Bhutan.

             

            The conference will be held at Jawaharlal Nehru University Auditorium, New Delhi.

             

            For participation please contact

            Mr Babulal Sharma (globalgandhi@...) or

            Mr Kamal Chenoy (kamalchenoy@...)

             

            Global Youth Service Day (GYSD)

            Date: April 23-25, 2010

             

            The Global Youth Service Day is a time in the year to come together to focus the world's attention on what young people are contributing every single day.

             

            During Global Youth Service Day, millions of youth around the world organize community service projects to address the needs of their local communities through service, to be recognized for their contributions, and to be a part of a global youth service movement.

             

            For more information log on http://gysd.org/

             

            Arya Youth Camps

            Kendriya Arya Yuva Parishad, announced the series of youth camps for youth for boys and girls. The detail of these camp are:

             

            Arya Girls Camp

            Date: May 13-16, 2010

            Place: Panipat, Haryana

             

            Arya Girls Character Development Camp

            Date: May 23-30, 2010

            Place: New Delhi

             

            Arya Boys Character Development Camp

            Date: May 30-June 6, 2010

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            In this issue:-

            -         Planning Commission : Working Group on Adolescent and Youth Development set-up

            -         India to set up two vocational training centers in Sri Lanka

            -         The ignited mind of the youth is the most powerful resource on the earth

            -         UN: Actively engaging for the future of youth

            -         Chidambaram: Drug addiction among youth increased

            -         NSDC-Everonn to train 1,50,00,000 (1.5 crore) youth in next 10 years

            -                  Underage married girls suffer marital violence: Survey

            -         Youth Power: Amity Group and UNIC joint initiative

            Coming Events

            Acknowledgement

            ICYO – Youth Information Newsletter

            Indian Committee of Youth Organizations

             

            Platform of 411 Youth Organizations in India

            India’s largest network of urban and rural youth

             

            Working Group on Adolescent and Youth Development set-up by Planning Commission

             

            The Planning Commission, Govt of India is under formulation of 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017). In this process,  Planning Commission formed the Working Group on  ‘Adolescent and Youth Development’ under the Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports which is chair by Secretary, Deptt of Youth Affairs.

             

            The Group mandated to give specific recommendations/suggestions related to Adolescent and Youth development for 12th Five Year Plan both in government and non-government sectors.

             

            The Working Group member constituted with high level officials from various ministry from Central and State, representatives of civil society organizations including Dr. S. N. Subbarao, Chairman, Indian Committee of Youth Organizations (ICYO).

             

            India to set up two vocational training centers in Sri Lanka

             

            The Indian government will set up two vocational training centers in the Batticaloa district of Sri Lanka's Eastern Province for the benefit of the youth in the area. The High Commissioner of India, Mr Ashok K. Kantha and Sri Lanka's Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Mr. Dullas Alahapperuma signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on April 21, 2011 for setting up the two facilities.  The project will be implemented by Government of India through HMT (I) Ltd.

             

            “The ignited mind of the youth is the most powerful resource on the earth”             -  A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India

             

             “The world is ready to give up her secret if you all know how to knock. There is no limit to the power for the human mind,” he said. He encouraged his young audience to dream but also urged them to accompany it with perseverance.

            Mr Kalam was speaking on “Today's Youth, Tomorrow's Leaders” at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett in USA.

             

            He paid homage to the power of youth and its “ignited minds.” “The ignited mind of the youth is the most powerful resource on the earth, above the earth and under the earth,” Kalam said. If properly directed, he said, young minds can influence positive change in areas such as literacy and water conservation.

             

            He outlined several qualities of a creative leader. At the top of his list was his belief that

            “The leader must have a vision.” But he said vision alone is not sufficient. “A leader must have a passion to transform the vision into action,” he said. A leader must also know how to manage success and failure.

             

            Actively engaging for the future of youth

             

            Young people possess important perspectives and opinions that are often unheard. Active participation empowers them and can play a vital role in their own development. To increase involvement, there needs to be a more collective and improved understanding of what youth participation involves and how it can be realized for children and adolescents.

             

            The UN Programme on Youth and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) hosted a briefing session on Youth Participation, as part of the “international Year of Youth”, at the UNICEF House in New York on 12 April 2011.

             

            Ravi Karkara, Specialist in Child and Adolescent Participation of UNICEF, discussed the importance of youth participation in social change, economic growth and technological innovation issues. He highlighted the need to include input from young people to determine the most effective learning methods, stating, “Youth issues will not get high on the radar without youth participation.”

             

            Adults need to learn to work with young people

             

            Prateek Awasthi, Programme Analyst of the Adolescent and Youth Programme of UNFPA, discussed the importance of coordination in programme design. “It is not that young people need to learn to work with adults, but adults need to learn to work with young people.” Incorporating these opinions can shape and improve the design of programs to something more practical and effective.

             

            To enhance motivation and increase engagement, there needs to be more dialogue and exposure to learning. What young people want is a way to do this, “just give us an opportunity and we’ll take it.”

             

            Chidambaram concerned over drug addiction among youth

             

            Expressing concern over the growing drug addiction among the youth, Union Home Minister P. Chidamabaram said India has turned into a big market of narcotics.

             

            Speaking at the silver jubilee celebrations of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on March 17, 2011, Chidambaram said: "Drugs are sold to students of many colleges and schools. This is as big as any internal security problem." Chidambaram said every study and research has indicated that many students have experimented with drugs and drugs trafficking has increased immensely.

             

            "The use of cocaine and other drugs and drugs trafficking have increased in last five years. This is a reflection of our inadequate response on this," he added.

             

            Emphasizing that the government has taken several measures to control the spread of narcotics, Chidambaram said: "A matching response has to come from the people taking drugs. They must not patronize bootleggers in the interest of their own health.

             

            NSDC-Everonn to train 1.5 crore youth by 2022

             

            National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), a not-for-profit company set up by the finance ministry as the first public-private partnership (PPP) to promote skill development, and publicly-listed Everonn Education have announced the launch of International Skills School to skill people across nine key sectors to make them employable.

             

            As part of the partnership, announced in Mumbai on 18 April 2011, NSDC has mandated Everonn Skill Development (ESDL), a fully owned subsidiary of Everonn, to train 1.5 crore (1,50,00,000) people from nine sectors to make them employable by 2022.

             

            According to P Kishore, MD, Everonn, the total investment required for setting up 271 multi-skill development centres, under International Skills School, across the country would be Rs 153.76 crore. While NSDC will subscribe to 27 per cent equity in ESDL for Rs 14.15 crore, it will also provide a loan of Rs 101.34 crore to ESDL. ESDL will be investing Rs 38.27 crore, as its contribution in the venture. “This new initiative with NSDC is part of our mission of institutionalizing skill development and making huge number of unemployed youth employable,” said Kishore.

             

            Talking about the new initiative at the launch, JJ Irani, chairman of the Everonn board said: “India’s major problem is education and for long it has been neglected. More than unemployed youth what India has is unemployable youth. Education, specially skill development, is the base on which all economies are based.”

             

            43% of underage married girls suffer marital violence: Survey

             

            Recent studies on the married life of adolescent girls reveal a chilling link between the two.

            Anita Raj of Boston University School of Public Health, involved in several such studies said that adolescent marriage appears to be directly correlated with increased violence at home: emotional, physical and sexual, practiced both by the husband and the in-laws. It is unabated even during pregnancy and motherhood. And, most sobering of all, female children born to under-age mothers suffer from higher risks of dying before they reach their fifth birthday.

             

            Raj led a study, published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, of over 10,000 married women aged 20 to 24 years which showed that 43% of under-age married women said they had been subject to marital violence, while 24% of adult-married women reported such events. Severe, life-threatening violence was experienced by 16% of under-age married women compared to 6% of adult married women. It showed that violence by other family members was more likely when husbands were violent towards the wife. (From TNN)

             

            Youth Power: Amity Group and UNIC joint initiative

            The Amity group and United Nations Information Centre in India launched Youth Power 2010-11 to spread awareness on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

             

            The function held at Amity University’s NOIDA Campus. The 5000 students witness the event. The nine months programme is comprised several events which included introspection exercises, group discussion, learning, sharing knowledge and leadership camps on the MDGs.  

              

            Dr. Amita Chauhan, Chairperson, Amity Group of Schools;  Mohina Dar, Senior Advisor, Amity Group of Schools; Col. Ahluwalia, Sports Advisor, Amity Group of Schools; and  Vira Sharma, Managing Editor, The Global Times are included in those are present on the occassion.

             

            Eight Youth Power finalists shared their journey as they competed for the title of the Youth Leader 2010-11. Krutika Dhawan, Amity International School, Pushp Vihar won the title of Youth Envoy 2010-11 for her project on MDG-3; Surbhi Dogra, Amity International School, Saket was the first runner-up and Rasika Sood, Amity International School, Mayur Vihar, was the second runner-up.

             

            Upcoming Events:


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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 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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