Youth Development Current Affairs - 2020

India-ASEAN Youth Dialogue

The third India-ASEAN Youth Dialogue as held between June 8, 2020 and June 10, 2020. The dialogue was held in virtual mode.

Highlights

During the dialogue, India and ASEAN enhanced cooperation constructively in skill development, youthful energy and education. These areas were identified as strategic partnership between the two countries at the dialogue. The leaders also acknowledged re-establishment of Nalanda University. The Nalanda University has been offering several scholarship programmes for the ASEAN students.

Why Youth?

India has the largest youth population in the world. Around 65% of its population are below the age of 35 years. There are more than 450 million people that are in the age group of 15 to 35 years. ASEAN has also been witnessing largest population with around 213 million youth.

Significance

The Dialogue also complemented the ongoing youth-centric initiatives. Around 2,500 ASEAN youths are engaged in student exchange programmes in India. This includes special courses for young ASEAN Diplomats, exchange programmes for young farmers, programmes for young parliamentarians and media exchange programmes.

Background

ASEAN has been India’s utmost priority under its Act East Policy. There are 10 countries in ASEAN grouping. The organization focuses on military, education, socio-cultural integration, security. It was created in 1967 by 5 countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand.

India contributes $50,000 to UN Youth Envoy’s office

India has contributed $50,000 to United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres’s Office of Envoy on Youth to help with its mission of involving young people in the world body’s goals.

The contribution was handed over by Paulomi Tripathi, a First Secretary in India’s UN Mission to the Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake.

Key Facts

The contribution made by India is voluntary with no strings attached. It is in addition to regular payments India makes to UN’s general and peacekeeping budgets. Jayathma Wickramanayake from Sri Lanka was appointed the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth in June 2017 at the age of 26.

The Youth Envoy’s works to raise international awareness and attention to youth issues among others. Its mission aims to promote engagement of youth and advocate for them across all the four pillars of UN’s work –human rights, peace and security, sustainable development and humanitarian action.