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Global youth meet to better ties

Imphal, Jan. 7: An Imphal-based NGO is bringing youths from around the world for a six-day interactive programme beginning February 20. It is aimed at strengthening global youth networks, analysing problems and challenges and also hammering out an action plan for making the world a better place.

Global Youth Meets 2014, the first of its kind in Manipur, is expected to gather not less than 600 youths from 160 countries and diplomats from countries, including Turkey, Israel, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the US during the programme.

The event will be organised by the Manipur unit of Club25, International, which is taking a leading role in organising blood donation camps in Manipur with support from Bangkok-based NGO Unesco Youth Foundation under the theme of “Young blood donors, our future”. Experts from United Development Programme, Unesco, WHO besides representatives from the government of India and Manipur government will be resource persons at the deliberations.

“We have received 2,000 applications from 160 countries. We are planning to bring 600 to 700 youths from these countries for the meets. This is the first of its kind event in the world,” organising secretary K. Karnajit Singh said.

Karnajit Singh said the second Global Youth Meets would be held in Sydney after four years. The delegates will exchange views, share experiences on disaster, environment, health, common preoccupations and develop “realistic action plans” to rebuild communities.

Other issues including fostering democracy, youth employment, conflict and sustainable development are also on the agenda of the meets.

The main venues are Classic Hotel, Imphal and Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Regional Centre, Imphal.

Olympic boxing bronze medallist Mary Kom is Global Youth Meets 2014 ambassador and she will be interacting with the youth delegates.

Social welfare minister A.K. Mirabai Devi and parliamentary affairs secretary in-charge of youth affairs and sports, M. Prithviraj Singh, today launched the official website and T-shirts of the global meets.

“The youths of Manipur will have an opportunity to learn from experiences of youths from other countries. This event will open a new chapter in efforts to make Manipur a better and progressive state,” Mirabai Devi said.

Prithviraj Singh urged the state’s youths to gain experiences from the world delegates and start thinking how and what they should do for Manipur and the world.

The event will also provide Manipur an opportunity to showcase itself to the world youths by letting them know about culture, tradition, living styles in rural and urban areas and tourist destinations.

“We will take them to villages and they will interact with villagers. We will also take them to tourist spots, including Loktak lake,” Karnajit Singh said.

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