Towards Democracy, Peace and Open Borders – South Asia Youth Summit

 

The Liberal Youth of South Asia (LYSA) organized the first South Asia Youth Summit in New Delhi on 24th and 25th November, 2008 providing a platform for 100 youth representatives across South Asia to discuss and debate various issues confronting the region from a liberal perspective.

“We believe that we can set an example for our political leaders about cooperation and the benefits of joining hands in overcoming barriers…. we envision a peaceful, democratic and open region…” reads the declaration at the end of the youth summit, which was hosted by Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) and supported by the Friedrich-Naumann-Siftung für die Freiheit. The delegates identified lack of appropriate governance as the central issue behind all the problems facing the region.

The participants discussed upon issues like Youth and Politics, Youth Participation in Development, Market Economy and South Asian Free Trade Zone, Quality Education for All: Choice & Competition, State and Democracy and Human Rights in South Asia. 

The discussions carried out by the youth across the sessions mainly focused upon the major global and local developments which compel the youth to take a particular note of the policies that need to be changed and what implications these changes have for the future of youth. 

The culmination of the two day summit took place at India Gate where participants formed a youth chain and lit candles in solidarity with each other to fight against terrorism and spread the message of peace. And there began the “drafting of a new South Asia.”

Represented from Beyond Borders groups in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh were invited for the summit. Sri Lanka was also represented by the Liberal Youth Guild. 

The text was adapted from the official LYSA summit Blog.  For more pictures, visit our Flickr.

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Posted on 12/19/2008, in Events-Activities-Announcements, Festival, Fun, India and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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