National Youth Conference 2018 with the slogan of
TRANSFORMING NEPAL: YOUTH LEADERSHIP & INNOVATION
#Nepal today stands at the cusp of transformation with the introduction of the federal system of governance. The elections to the three tiers of autonomous governments at the central, provincial and local levels have been successfully held. Of significance, is the presence of 41.12% of elected women representatives in local governance as a result of the affirmative action provided by the Constitution.
Although, the Ministry of #Youth and Sports has developed a ten-year strategy and programme entitled, “Youth Vision 2025”, for harnessing youth resources with the aim of promoting their professional growth and entrepreneurship, every day around 1500 to 2000 people migrate for overseas labour employment mostly to the Gulf countries and Malaysia. The majority of them are youths. The remittances that they send to the country contributes 30% to the #GDP. Nevertheless, the economic-socio costs of migration for labour employment are high. Most of those who opt for migration often end up being victims of unsafe migration and trafficking. Worst still, it is reported that almost 8-10 corpses of migrant labourers arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport every day. The hidden dimension of labour migration in the form of maimed or injured labour migrants, psycho-social problems either suffered by them or their families, especially wives of migrant labourers yet to be addressed by Government of Nepal.
Out of the total population of approximately 23 million, youths constitute 40%. This is a sizeable number that holds promise for driving the economic development of the country. As such youths represent a vital resource for transformation of any nation. Thus they determining roles and to bring that undeniably effective force into the mainstream of development of the nation it becomes imperative to mobilise youths. With this in mind, the Nepal Youth Council (#NYC) and National Network Against Girls’ Trafficking (#NNAGT) are proposing to host a three-day National Youth Conference from 12- 14 August, 2018.