Nepal today stands at the cusp of transformation with the introduction of the federal system of governance. The elections to the three tiers of autonomous governments at the central, provincial and local levels have been successfully held. Of significance, is the presence of 41.12% of elected women representatives in local governance as a result of the affirmative action provided by the Constitution.
Although, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has developed a ten-year strategy and programme entitled, “Youth Vision 2025”, for harnessing youth resources with the aim of promoting their professional growth and entrepreneurship, every day around 1500 to 2000 people migrate for overseas labour employment mostly to the Gulf countries and Malaysia. The majority of them are youths. The remittance that they send to the country contributes 30% to the GDP. Nevertheless, the economic-socio costs of migration for labour employment are high. Most of those who opt for migration often end up being victims of unsafe migration and trafficking. Worst still, it is reported that almost 8-10 corpses of migrant labourers arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport every day. The hidden dimension of labour migration in the form of maimed or injured labour migrants, psycho-social problems either suffered by them or their families, especially wives of migrant labourers yet to be addressed by Government of Nepal.
Today, youths comprise 40% of the world’s population. This is a sizeable number that holds promise for driving the economic development of the country as they represent a vital resource for transformation of any nation. In Nepal, out of the total population of approximately 23 million, youths between the ages of 16 – 40 constitute 40%. The government has formulated several polices that target the youths to encourage their participation in national development such as the 2004 Agricultural Policy, 2006 Labour and Employment Policy, 2011 Industrial Policy and 2014 National Employment Policy.
Nevertheless, half of the youth populations are either unemployed or under-employed. In twenty years’ time, they will become old. Therefore, there is an urgent need to harness youth leadership and action in shaping the development of the country. This can be possible when there are safe spaces for youths from diverse backgrounds, castes, ethnicity, sex and geographic location to engage in the public sphere whether it be in decision-making, business and entrepreneurship, social development and digital world without fear of violence and coercion.
This year’s theme for the International Youth Day 2018 is: “Safe Space for Youth”. In recognition of the fact that youths play determining roles in shaping the direction of development of the country and to bring that undeniably effective force into the mainstream of development in Nepal through ensuring safe spaces in both the private and public spheres, the Nepal Youth Council (NYC Nepal) are proposing to host a three-day National Youth Conference from 12- 14 August, 2018.
OBJECTIVES of the NATIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE:
- Examine the status of agriculture, tourism and IT development in Nepal to engage youths in the economic development of the country.
- Explore innovative ideas for creating sustainable domestic employment opportunities for promoting youth leadership and innovation.
- Mobilise the youths for partnering with the federal, provincial and local governments to influence national and local policies and plans on youth and development for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a focus on SDG 5 pertaining to Gender Equality.
OUTPUTS OF THE CONFERENCE:
- 7 Provincial Plans of Action on Youth and SDGs
In total, 204 participants will attend the Conference. 154 youths (one female and one male) from 77 districts will be eligible to participate in the Conference. Additionally, 50 youths from the Provinces (gender balanced) will be selected from among the differently-abled, dalits, diverse ethnic groups and LGBTQI.
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Criteria for participation in the Conference:
- Above 18 years and below 30 years old.
- Involved in social activities in his/her home district and should be involved in some kind of entrepreneurship.
- Shall not be associated to any political party.
- Produce at least three evidences s/he has conducted activities for social transformation.
- In case a district does not have balanced representation of a female and a male, efforts will be made to identify at least three alternate candidates to ensure equal representation.
Application forms will be made available to interested participants, which can be downloaded from NYC website. The participants must submit the completed application form by 12 July, 2018 to Nepal Youth Council via email firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com. Instructions for depositing application fee of Rs. 500/- are given in the application form.
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- Successful Youth leaders from various sectors
- Motivational speakers who can inherit positive thoughts & enhance personality development
- Speakers who can teach how to spend a happy life
- Successful business personals of Nepal
- Young Psychological Specialist
- Youths on Global Leadership – youth specialists
- Young politicians
TOURISM, AGRICULTURE AND INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY (IT):
The purpose of the sessions according to the thematic areas are to explore the nexus between tourism, agriculture and IT by dwelling on the status and current trends of youth engagement in these areas. The sessions will focus on the potential of tourism sector in Nepal for accelerating the economic growth owing to the abundance of incredible natural beauty and unique traditional culture and heritage. They will also link the promotion of the tourism sector with agricultural development and strategies for harnessing the power of IT to attract tourists. The recently unveiled budget priorities of the government also focuses on doubling agricultural production within the next five years by promoting agro-industries and encouraging the use of technology in agriculture with a target of attracting two million tourists annually by 2020.
Each of the thematic areas will also emphasise the relevance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) given Nepal’s recent entry into the Federal system of governance through devolution, decentralisation and deconcentration of power in all the three autonomous levels of government (federal, provincial and local) that specifies shared and exclusive powers among the three levels of government. The sessions will, therefore, disucss how the SDGs can be achieved through localisation of each SDGs by prioritising SDG 5 pertaining to Gender Equality as a shift in SDGs 5 will impact the achievement of all the other 16 SDGs. . The common denominator across all the themes will be on promoting and ensuring safe spaces for youth engagement in these areas.
The papers will be presented by thematic experts following this, the floor will be open for discussion the main points discuss will called out at the end of each thematic area discussion by the chair presiding the thematic area, so that they can be used for developing the provincial plans of action.
PROVINCIAL PLANS OF ACTION & SDGs:
The purpose of this session is for the participants to develop Provincial Plans of Action based on the learnings and discussions on the three thematic areas related to Agriculture, Tourism and IT including the SDGs. The objective of the Provincial Plans of Action is for the participants to actively engage with their provincial governments for their buy–in and in implementing the policies and plans of the government in promoting sustainable economic growth and gender equality for the achievement of the SDGs.
The Provincial Plans of Action on Youths and SDGs will be presented at the plenary in the presence of the Chief Ministers from the seven Provinces. This is deemed strategic for developing a sense of ownership both by the relevant Provincial Chief Ministers as well by the participants of the National Youth Conference 2018.
The top 10 innovative entrepreneurial ideas contained in the Plans of Action will be supported by making available seed money mobilised from development partners, private sector and provincial governments.