The humanitarian landscape is changing with a growth in the scope and diversity of humanitarian needs, disasters, and humanitarian actors.
The United Nations Secretary General has called for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2016, to improve the coordination of humanitarian actions and meet the needs of millions of people affected by conflicts or disasters.
Leading up to the WHS are eight regional and one global consultation. These aim to capture the priorities of different regions and of the global community. The process is managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA).
The WHS will bring the global community together to commit to a new agenda for humanitarian action beyond 2016. Young people have a recognized role in the process and the Summit. During disasters and conflicts, young people are considered a vulnerable group, whose individual and social development can be affected in the long-term .
However, young persons are also capable agents for change and possess unique, innovative, and effective solutions that contribute to improving humanitarian action. Organized youth networks and organizations, together with the use of new technologies, make young people important humanitarian actors, now and in the future.
The UN MGCY WHS Working Group seeks to comprehensively facilitate the meaningful participation of youth in the WHS and its preparatory process.
This “Youth consultation” is being organized under the mandate of United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY) WHS working group for India on 21 June 2015.
AWCY is a youth led organization working under the mandate of AWC (Association of world citizens) which is an international peace organization with consultative status with ECOSOC.
AWC has almost 40 chapters across the world and we are one of the stem organizations of AWC in India-Bangladesh. AWC-Youth Wing is working towards strengthening youth participation at global level and also within the respective state levels.
AWC- YW provides platform to International youth focused on international humanitarian action: aimed at saving and preserving life, preventing and alleviating human suffering, and supporting life with dignity for those affected by man-made and natural disasters.
We work with displaced people in India and neighboring countries such as issues related illegal migrants in India and Bangladesh and refugee rights in India and other countries in Asia region.
FORMAT OF THE YOUTH CONSULTATION:
Youth consultation will last for four hours and will be a high-level policy segment during which participants will discuss key policy recommendations towards a new international agenda on youth, peace and security and a technical segment, dedicated to exchange of experiences and best practices.
Topics include: Humanitarian effectiveness, Reducing vulnerability and managing risk,Transformation through innovation,Serving the needs of the people in conflict.
CRITERIA FOR YOUTH PARTICIPANTS:
Selection Process: Participants will be selected on the basis of motivation and experience. The organizers will ensure balance in terms of age, gender, geography and diversity among selected participants.
*Only 60 youth participants will be selected.
Age: youth participants should be between 15-30 years of age.
Experience and Leadership: Youth participants must demonstrate leadership in peacebuilding, reducing violence or countering extremism through examples of initiatives they have undertaken at the community or policy level in countries in conflict, post-conflict or with widespread violence.
Networks: youth participants must be members of or affiliated with a youth-led organization, network or movement or they must be able to demonstrate how they can disseminate the outcomes of the meeting to a wider network.
Commitment: youth participants must demonstrate commitment to nonviolence, peaceful and inclusive societies, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Charter, Aims and Purposes of the United Nations.
All application must be received by 18 June 2015 11:00 IST.
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