Youth Employment Summit (YES) 2002

The Alexandria Youth Employment Summit (YES)-2002 , hosted by the Arab Republic of Egypt, was held in Alexandria at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina; the new Library of Alexandria. H.E. Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, First Lady of the Arab Republic of Egypt along with Hon. William J. Clinton were co-chair to YES2002 which hosted two forums a Civil Society Forum (September 7-11, 2002) and a parallel Ministerial Forum (September 10 – 11, 2002).

YES2002 launched the Youth Employment Summit Decade Campaign of Action to promote youth employment internationally. Objectives of the Summit included solidifying partnerships, seeking media attention and alignments, creating public awareness and placing the burning issue of youth unemployment on the
global agenda.

The Alexandria Youth Employment Summit saw the launch of the Framework for Action a framework on implementing Effective Practices that promote youth employment during the Decade Campaign of Action More specifically. The Framework for Actions was built upon “four Es” outlined by the Youth Employment Network as being the four top priorities for all national action plans: employability, equal opportunities for young men and young women, entrepreneurship and employment creation. The Youth Employment Summit has added two additional Es as adopted in the Alexandria Declaration: environmental sustainability and empowerment.

The Alexandria Declaration was developed and adopted by Ministers of Youth and Ministers of Employment who participated in YES2002 and a commitment made by all delegates at the Summit. This commitment signifies the importance of collaboration between government officials, civil society organizations, the private sector, international development agencies and youth in the launch of a Decade Campaign of Action.
For five days – December 14 – 18, 2003 delegates from 44 countries descended to the bedecked city of Hyderabad – capital of Andhra Pradesh ,India, to participate in the first ever YES Regional Forum. The city of Hyderabad was festoon with flags, banners, hoardings and other decorations to welcome the delegates of the Forum. The festivities were on till wee hours of the night with artists of the caliber of the legendary tabla maestro Zakir Hussian making public performances for thousands of young people from all over Andhra Pradesh and for the citizens of Hyderabad.

During the opening ceremony the dynamic Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh welcomed all delegates and distinguished speakers to his beautiful city and encouraged everyone to not only work hard, but to also take time to enjoy the public concerts, the delicious Hyderabadi food, the wonderful historic sites and to indulge in the pleasures of shopping especially of pearls.

The five days were glorious filled with learning about “what work” and “promising strategies” in the five selected sectors of renewable energy, on-farm and off farm, water and sanitation, ICT and HIV/AIDS. The distinguished speakers offered time for dialogue and conversation. Delegates met old friends and forged new relationships, new networks were formed and there was time to visit the innovation marketplace and learn new things.

It was a time to reflect on how far the campaign had progressed since September 2002 when it was launched with great fanfare in Alexandria, and a time to redouble commitments to fulfilling the goals of the campaign. Plans were made for 2004, and the delegates bid adieu promising to meet next at the Mexico Summit – October 4 – 8, 2004 at Boca del Rio, Veracruz. Esteban Gonzalez our youth co chair of the YES Campaign announced the Mexico YES 2004 plans at a gala Forum session and rocked the delegates with Mexican music and visions of Veracruz.

All of us left Hyderabad enthralled by its beauty and cuisine, and completely charmed by its people –
Thank you Hyderabad!
Thank you Hon. Chandrababu Naidu!
Thank you India.

Report by: ASHUTOSH SHRIVASTAVA

For five days – December 14 – 18, 2003 delegates from 44 countries descended to the bedecked city of Hyderabad – capital of Andhra Pradesh ,India, to participate in the first ever YES Regional Forum. The city of Hyderabad was festoon with flags, banners, hoardings and other decorations to welcome the delegates of the Forum. The festivities were on till wee hours of the night with artists of the caliber of the legendary Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussian making public performances for thousands of young people from all over Andhra Pradesh and for the citizens of Hyderabad.

Opening Ceremony was held at the Shilpa Kala Vedika and the Temple of Fine Arts.During the opening ceremony the dynamic Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh welcomed all delegates and distinguished speakers to his beautiful city and encouraged everyone to not only work hard, but to also take time to enjoy the public concerts, the delicious Hyderabadi food, the wonderful historic sites and to indulge in the pleasures of shopping especially of pearls.

Earlier in the day,all the delegates from different countries were divided into several groups after completing our registraton process at the Venkateshwara Lodge.

The Second day, Sessions Poromoting Youth Employment in a Large Scale and some workshops on Renewbale Energy were held at the Convention Center, Hotel Viceroy. The next couple of days had sessions on the topics : 6 E’s and Rural Development,Water and Sanitation, ICT and HIV/AIDS.

In the Evenings, we used to have cultural progammes organised by the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.Cultural Programmes were followed by dinner at hotels such as Hotel Taj Krishna and Hotel Taj Residency.The Forum was very well organized by the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.
On the last day of the Forum the Chief Minster Hon. N. Chandrababu Naidu launched the International YES Academy designed to be the hub for youth employment generation. Hyderabad is leading the way in ensuring that no young person gets left behind. The formation of the YES Academy displays a powerful coalition of political will, technology and youth engagement expressed though its lead partners – the government of Andhra Pradesh, MS Swaminathan Foundation and the YES Campaign. In addition the UN and multilateral agencies showed their commitment to the YES Campaign by joining hands in launching pilot projects with the Academy. We thank UNIDO, UNDP, UNHABITAT, UNESCO, FAO, and the Commonwealth Youth Program for joining hands with the YES Campaign to work towards empowering youth to build sustainable livelihoods.

The YES Academy will take a few months to finalize its structure and format of the projects and in April 2004 there will be a project launch.

PROJECTS BEING LAUNCHED UNDER YES ACADEMY

PROJECT 1: CMEY Micro enterprise: Preparing young leaders of Andhra Pradesh to promote healthy business, workers, and communities by tackling HIV/AIDS.
Sponsor: Health and Human Development, Education Development Center, Inc

PROJECT 2: Lifelong learning and skills development for sustainable livelihoods and environments.
Sponsor: UNESCO-UNEVOC

PROJECT 3: Service Learning: Promoting employability and social entrepreneurship among rural youth.
Sponsor: Center for Family, School and Communities, EDC Inc.

PROJECT 4: Building an Entrepreneurial Culture: A Curriculum for Secondary Schools.
Sponsor: UNIDO

PROJECT 5: Enhancing Employment Opportunities for Rural Youth based on Renewable Energy Technologies.
Sponsor: UNIDO

PROJECT 6: Leadership and Employability Skills for Youth in Urban Slums in Hyderabad.
Sponsor: UN HABITAT

PROJECT 7: Internship Programs.
Sponsor: Common Wealth of Secretariat Youth Programme

PROJECT 8: Eco- Entrepreneurship Skills Training Programs.
Sponsor: Common Wealth of Secretariat Youth Programme

PROJECT 9: Partnership in mentoring Young Entrepreneurs.
Sponsor: Common Wealth of Secretariat Youth Programme

PROJECT 10: HIV/AIDS and Youth Employment (Regional Program).
Sponsor: UNDP
YES Regional Summit 2003 was held in Hyderabad, India It was attended by our Youth Member, sh. Maneesh Kaushik. The Agenda for the Hyderabad YES Regional Forum included the following :

A session on Good Governance and Sustainable Development through six Es of Summit Framework of Action.
A session on “Good Ecology is Good Business: Promoting Green Enterprises”.
Five YES Country Network Strategies on promoting Youth Employment.
Five Case Studies on Individual Action Promoting Employment and Entrepreneurship on a large scale.
Five Sessions on the Strategic Interventions promoting youth employment in the following sectors:

a) Renewable Energy
b) Rural Development (On-farm & Off-farm)
c) Information Technology
d) Water and Sanitation
e) HIV/AIDS

Breakout workshop sessions on “Regional Institutes Promoting Youth Employment”.
Ten break out workshop sessions for YES Country Networks for suggesting Next Action Steps.
Six all day Capacity Building Workshops to provide the skills in the identified strategies for promoting Youth Employment.
Ten delegate-led Open Sessions.
Navigating the Forum workshops for the youth delegates.
Innovation Market Place.