Time for investing in young people in India is here
Commemorating World Population Day 2014, the Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner (ORGI) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organized a conference ‘Investing in Young People of India’. The event echoed UN’s global theme: ‘Investments in young people not only make sense for today, it makes sense for the future’. With individuals in the age group of 15 to 24 years comprising around 19% of India’s population, the Chief Guest for the occasion, Hon’ble Union Home Minister, Government of India Shri Rajnath Singh reinforced that the theme for World Population Day is both appropriate and relevant in the context of building India as the world leader in true sense of the term.
India’s historic window of opportunity to invest in youth
Commemorating World Population Day 2014, the Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner (ORGI) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organized a conference ‘Investing in Young People of India’. On this occasion Ms. Frederika Meijer, UNFPA Representative, India and Bhutan, mentioned that India has a historic window of opportunity to invest in youth. She stated that UNFPA looks forward to work on issues that matter to young people at a time when India’s new government is giving top priority to youth.
Adolescent voices: Zoya from Gujarat talks about the culture of silence around sexuality that profoundly impacts young people.
Meeting adolescent needs
Frederika Meijer, UNFPA Representative for India and Bhutan calls for a comprehensive approach to addressing the various needs of adolescents in India.
Investing in India’s youth
Anuradha Gupta, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission outlines the Government’s new adolescent health strategy which targets 243 million adolescents across India.
Securing our future
Kate Gilmore, Deputy Executive Director, UNFPA says young people are our most important asset in securing our future.
Youth and Sexuality
Dr. Shireen Jejeebhoy, Senior Associate, Population Council, India says the lack of comprehensive sexuality education for young people is having disastrous effects in India.
Learn from what works
Professor Robert Blum, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, United States says issues facing young people today are completely different from what their parents and grandparents faced before them.
Adolescent voices: Imliwapang from Nagaland on the importance of making young people more aware about drug use
Adolescent voices: Rakshita Acharya from Andhra Pradesh on how we can tackle addiction through understanding and addressing mental health issues of adolescents
Adolescent voices: Amardeep Kumar, 22 years old from Uttar Pradesh on the need for young people to be aware of changes that happen to their bodies as they grow older and the precautions they need to take to remain healthy and secure.
Health and Well Being Matters
Young people share their views of transforming their communities’ social and economic fortunes