3rd National Youth Conference complete
Kathmandu – Three days virtual Nation Youth Conference has completed in organizing of Youth Advocacy Nepal.
Amid the COVID-19, Youth Advocacy Nepal (YAN) in partnership with UNESCO, FAO, National Youth Council (NYC), ACE Nepal and other like-minded organizations marked the International Youth day-2021 by organizing a three days virtual National Youth Conference from 10-12 August 2021 with the participation of more than 160 young people from across Nepal.
12 August is marked as International Youth Day since 2000 throughout the world with different theme by organizing various programs. The theme of this year’s IYD is “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”
During the three days program, various interactions related to food sovereignty, education, among others, storytelling, documentary screening, photo with slogan competition were organized.
Addressing the inauguration session of conference, chief guest Madhab Prasad Dhugel, who is also the vice president of National Youth Council, said that local production based on the diversity of lands and soils without using chemicals should be our focused policy areas. In the meantime, Dhungel also stressed the importance of organic farming system with the involvement of the young people.
Similarly, ActionAid director Sujeeta Mathema said that food system in Nepal has been hijacked by corporatism that focuses more on quality rather than quality. As a result, heath of human beings has deteriorated.
Likewise, Restless Development Nepal’s Hub director Kaajol Pradhan, describing the importance of local food, said that local food system should be institutionalized and strengthened. Additionally, Pradhan stressed to increase the meaningful participation of young people in the food transformation system.
In the same way, Pratibha Shrestha- Senior program coordinator, UNESCO, said,” Without engagement of young people in food system, neither transformation is neither possible nor sustainable”. Moreover, she added youths should not only be treated as target group/ beneficiaries but also collaborative partner and leader for sustainable future.
Presenting the paper entitle agriculture, food sovereignty and youth, Arun GC, section officer at Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, added that food security not only includes food availability but also accessibility and utilization. Moreover, he stressed to increase the participation of young people in the agricultural sectors in Nepal. Commenting on the paper presented by GC, Professor Dr. Keshav Khadka stressed to promote the local indigenous food system and agricultural techniques, avoiding the unwanted foreign guidelines and instructions in the name of the modernization.
Presenting the paper, Lokraj Awasthi- president at 4H Nepal said that wasting the foods, recent trend not only in the world but also in Nepal, should be totally abandoned.
Similarly, during the conference, presenting the paper on Youth Education for Sustainable futures, Dr. Suresh Gautam- Kathmandu University said that quality education to young people was necessary for sustainable development. Additionally, he mentioned that education may only transform the individual lives, society and economy.
During the paper presentation, young people representing from all sections of the society from across Nepal put their views and experiences in relation to food system, education and other crucial youth issues.
Putting the closing remarks of three days conference, Narendra Khatiwada, president of YAN, stressed to harness the youth demographic dividend by engaging them policy and implementation process from local to central level.