| AYC 25 YEARS CELEBERATION
| AYC 25 YEARS CELEBERATION AT HOTEL HIMALAYA, KATMANDU
3rd October 2009
Timings from 09-45 AM to 05-00 PM
| Introduction by all the members
|Renu in her Welcome Address.
Thank you everyone and welcome the delegates to this very important event. I humble remember Rev. Toshio Miyake who is the pioneer of AYC. Our gratitude we should extend to Rev. Mitsuo Miyake who takes ahead that leadership at present. While I welcome the chief guest to day I urge our Honourable Minister of Federal Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs, Constituent Assembly and Culture Dr.Manendra Rijal, to get youth participation to develop Nepal.
Rev.Mitsuo Miyake’s address:
I am very happy to see all these delegates and invitees at the occasion to celebrate the 25th anniversary of AYC. We had this kind of event in Nepal 15 years ago and I am very happy have the same country for the 25th celebration. We had first AYC meeting in 1984 in Madras, then in 1985 in Kanthmandu. We also had EC meeting in Katmandu in 1996. I have been to Nepal 8 times now. We also have a Miyake home in Kathmandu. So I am deeply connected to Nepal. I am also the vice President of WMF, which is affiliated to UN. Asia. Natural Disaster Tsunami in 2004 and now Sumatra affected by earthquake. I also experienced earthquake in Osaka sometimes ago. So I feel the problems when these happened to people in these parts of the country. Now I would like to collect some donation from the participation that is here for the victims of Indonesia earthquake. This collected can be taken place during the lunchtime today and I kindly invite all AYC members to contribute as they can. Finally I request every one to join with me to pray for our AYC members who departed from this world, including Rev. Toshio Miyake.
Followed by One Minutes silence was observed at the end of his speech.
Oil lamp lighting by Sensai Mitsuo Miyake and Nepal Youth Minster.
Keynote Speech delivered by Prof. Bishnu Hari.
Greeting from Mr. Raj Karnikar from FNCCI, a leading TV station in Nepal.
People can be youth not only by their age, but also by their perception. I congratulate AYC and with regard to Nepal youth policy, I would like to stress that it should amend in order for youth to contribute to the economic development. This is my addition to the keynote address for the kind attention of our minister.
Greetings by President of Nepal Federalist Movement association.
I am veryhappyto take part today. I would like to reiterate that youth has to act against any problem they have to face, which can be poverty, injustice, HIV aids, etc.
Remarks by Rajakalshmi, AYC EC member from Mumbai
This great occasion with all senior delegates lets put all our effort to make this anniversary a success.
Mr. Kavinda Balakoti, IOM
I was a member of the committee to draft the youth national policy for Nepal, which will soon considered by the government. We defined 16-26 ages as youth in our national policy. But some political parties have defined youth as ages between 16-40.
Rev. Miyake handover the latest version of Global Link to the Youth Minister.
Speech by Dr. James Arputharaj,
When we started AYC we all were below 30 years. We wanted to change the world. I remember the contribution made by Miyake, Kingsley, Shantha, Zamam, Ashis Kumar, Sukumar David, Ramesh and Arundhathi. But some time we realize it is difficult to change the world, so we try to change the country.
Honourable Minister Dr.Minendra Rijal Speech:
I congratulate to your AYC 25th celebration. In our recent cabinet discussion we had an elaborate discussion on Nepal youth policy. The need and expectation of youth are different to their age level. The requirements of those who between 14-19 are different from those who are 19-25. We will consider this when making our national policy on youth. Under employment is a huge problem Nepal youth face, especially in the rural areas. Most of foreign jobs our youth get are labor work, often under paid. Because they don’t have enough skills and knowledge. So our challenge is to give them the right skills and knowledge. Each year 500000 youth enter to labor force in Nepal. Nepal lost 15,000 lives from the 10 years of war, most of them are youth. Youth contribution to Nepalese politics has been remarkable. Most of our previous leaders started their career at the early youth age. Our draft policy on youth too political. It should not be so. Youth should contribute not only to politics, but also to other areas like, sports, education, media etc.
Vote of thanks
By Miyake: I thank youth minister who allocated his valuable time for us.
Secondly to Prof. who did the keynote speech. And also to all the delegates who taking part on this event and came from different parts of Asia. I am grateful to all those made speeches.
Renu introduced the session & handed over the mike to Shantha Lal.
Shantha introduced the speakers of the session, Ms Indu Tuladhar - Advocate/Conflict Analysist, continued with her paper presentation on Role of Youth in Post-Conflict Peace building from Nepal Perspective
» Impact of conflict on Youth
» Challenge of Post-conflict peace building
» Emerging trends of conflict
» Role of youth in post-conflict peace building
Followed Speech by Prof. Kapil Shresta
We in Nepal made a mistake by ignoring the youth. Our whole system is now at transition stage. Crisis of ideology was always challenging. If we include children, Nepal will have about 60% of its population consist of youth. I want to mention here that youth have been making the changes in every society. Youth are always attractive as well as vulnerable. Youth are energetic, responding quickly and adapt to the change. After 1960s youth decided to break the silence and speak out. They decided to challenge the tradition and norm. Today’s youth are undergoing a tremendous crisis. No HR documents, specifically address the issues of youth, which is a real unfortunate. HR is universal and interrelated. HR consists of dignity, justice and indiscrimination. In Nepal education system, it releases unproductive youth. Most of our teachers, by 80% are not good. Good teacher must be born by teachers, not a trained person. Another youth aspiration is a non-militarized community. But, here Maoist say military training should be compulsory. Nepal has been spending30% of their national annual budget for military expenditure. Youth should not be diverted to armed personnel. There is a Greek say “youth should not be spoiled by old age”. We need to create a critical engagegement with youth.
Speech by Ms.Zemisha Moktan, Miss Nepal 2009:
Followed by Ms.Zemisha Moktan, Miss Nepal 2009, presentation on present Status of Youth in Nepal.
Speech by Dr.James Arputharaj
In 1971 I was in camp. Then I went to Iraq with my job where I was abducted for ransom and later released. Then I worked 8 years in North part of Sri Lanka. Then few years in Delhi where I found boring with checkpoints. Now I moved to Kabul, another restricted life due to security. The key to any conflict resolution (CR) is people. There is no fire without smoke. In 1982 I worked for Amnesty International and we developed a world conflict map. We always say these people are the problematic, but people are actually part of the solution. World 2/3 of poorest people live in south Asia. For any problem there is a root cause. We live in a diverse world. The solutions for a conflict can be found and it should be found from the level the problem occurred. Without a dialogue it is very difficult to find a solution for a conflict. Small arms are also a global problem these days.
Comment by Keynote speaker: I would like to mention here in Switzerland and Israel the military training is compulsory for everyone.
By Miyake: I consider all AYC members as my good friends. So we all AYC members are in one family. Your problems are my problems. We should realize the meaning of youth. I am pleased to take part in this occasion. I thank all the speakers and AYC Nepal. I am now closing this ceremony.
Shantha: Thank all speakers and participants Sensai Miyake thanked all for those who made contributions to Indonesia Fund.
The programme concluded by a group Photo session
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