National Consultation on “Youth Building Peace”
To commemorate International Youth Day, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS) in collaboration with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) organised a National Consultation on Youth Building Peace, on 11 August 2017. The consultation was aimed at understanding the perception of youth's role in peace building process and in recognising the role of youth led organisations in peacebuilding activities and promoting a culture of peace.
As part of the consultation, an action research on “Youth Volunteering– State of volunteerism and impact of current volunteering initiatives in India” and India’s Online Volunteering platform were launched. The event was attended by the Deputy Country Director, UNDP, Marina Walter and Secretary (Youth Affairs), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India Shri. A.K. Dubey.
The objectives of the action research were to establish an evidence base on the contribution of youth volunteering towards developmental goals in India and also to provide recommendations. With 250 million people prepare to join India’s workforce by 2030, this group stands to be either India’s biggest asset or its biggest vulnerability. The report highlights the need of providing youth avenues to take part in the process of nation-building while giving them opportunities to develop their skills. It also provides insights into the motivations and challenges faced by youths. The report states that there is a lack of a common understanding about what constitutes volunteerism, which could lead to a lack of clarity on how volunteering can be a means to meeting the SDGs within the local and national context.
The Consultation closed with a Youth Adda, hosted by the UNV, in close partnership with NGOs PRAVAH, Restless Development, and Commutiny,where over 120 youth discussed and shared their ideas about SDG 16 “Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions".