Youth Development Current Affairs - 2020

India ranks 133rd in 2016 Global Youth Development Index

India has been ranked 133rd out of 183 countries in the 2016 Global Youth Development Index (YDI) compiled by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

The Global Youth Development Index report measures countries’ prospects for young people in employment, education, health, civic and political spheres.

Key Facts

  • Top 10 countries in 2016 YDI: Germany (1), Denmark (2), Australia (3), Switzerland (4), UK (5), Netherlands (6), Austria (7), Luxembourg (8), Portugal (9) and Japan (10)
  • India’s neighbours: Sri Lanka (31), Bhutan (69) and Nepal (77).
  • India related facts: India accounts for nearly 20% of the global youth population, with nearly 345 million young people between the ages of 15 and 30 living in the country.
  • India is currently experiencing the most significant “youth bulge” – with nearly 27% of its total population made up of young people.
  • India’s overall rank in 2016 YDU is relatively low, but it has registered an 11% improvement in scores over last five years (from 2010 and 2015).
  • The report highlights need for greater investment to reap so-called demographic dividend.
  • Youth development levels in India lag particularly in the domains of education, health and employment.

First SAARC Youth Parliamentarians Conference begins in Islamabad

The first South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Youth Parliamentarians Conference on `Peace and Harmony for Development’ was held in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The two-day (from August 16 to 18, 2016) intends to offer young Parliamentarians’ narrative as a prelude to the 19th SAARC Summit to be hosted by Pakistan in November 2016.

Key Facts

  • 8 parliamentary delegates from 8 SAARC member countries are participating in the conference. Lok Sabha MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo, is leading the three member Indian delegation.
  • The conference was hosted by the Pakistan National Assembly and was inaugurated by National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq.
  • The goal of the conference is to build bridges between the future leaders of South Asia on a platform that supports continued engagement and cooperation.
  • It is dialogue among Young Parliamentarians of SAARC region to create democratic space to meet expanding expectations of burgeoning youth population in region.
  • It seeks to provide an opportunity for the youth and Parliamentarians to apprise respective Government leaders on where the youth of South Asia stands on a vision for the region ahead of the High Level Summit.
  • Besides, it also seeks to set the foundation of strong inter-parliamentary linkages between parliamentarians from across South Asia.
  • The linkages will be to setup a network that can nurture regional interaction, support democratic norms and build a coalition for sustained dialogue and peaceful cooperation.