India is home to the largest population of young people in the world, with over 300 million people between the ages 10-24. Further, 2020 has been a tumultuous year for India’s young people in particular, with the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people’s education, their pursuit of aspirational economic opportunities, as well as in the way young people engage with the world.
As we begin rebuilding and reimagining a future with young people, it will be critical to retain a focus on sustainable development and the SDGs to ensure in our efforts to build a future, we work towards one that is sustainable, both in terms of the environment as well as pertaining to global goals that include: no poverty, no hunger, good health for all people, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, life below water, life on land, peace, justice and strong institutions.
We believe Young People have the solutions and the potential to develop many more. What they need are the right skills and opportunities. To imagine how these skills and opportunities can be strengthened our panel will discuss along with young people, YuWaah, Capgemini and UNGCNI on the theme of Imagining a Sustainable Future for India’s Young People and how multiple stakeholders can partner young people in creating it.
- Yasmin Ali Haque – UNICEF Representative in India (Keynote)
- Dhuwarakha Sriram – Chief of ADAP and Generation Unlimited at UNICEF India (Moderator)
- Ashwin Yardi – Chief Executive Officer, Capgemini India (Keynote)
- UNGCNI Representative
- Young Representative from the YuWaah Young People’s Action Team
|11:00 – 11:10||Note of welcome by Dhuwarakha Sriram|
|11:10 – 11:20||Keynote by Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque|
|11:20 – 11:30||Keynote by Ashwin Yardi|
|11:30 – 11:50||Panel discussion on ‘Imagining a Sustainable Future for India’s Youth’ moderated by Dhuwarakha Sriram between Capgemini representative, UNGCNI representative, young person|
|11:50 – 11:55||Vote of thanks by Dhuwarakha Sriram|
By focusing on engagement, learning, skill development and employment of young people, YuWaah aims to support a generation of empowered, young change makers in India. Envisaged as a strategic, long-term initiative, YuWaah will serve as the much-needed bridge between solution providers, private sector, Government of India, academia and civil society organizations to fund and scale-up innovative and effective solutions.