Youth Summit

The two day Summit will be delivered in a workshop mode that would include: plenary/panel discussion, skill building, issue based thematic sessions in break-away groups and field visits. Leadership and climate change would be crosscutting themes of the workshop.

Last date to provide application forms through state focal points
is 15th august 2013

Youth and Sustainable Development

The core underlying belief behind the concept of Sustainable Development is that future generations have as much of a claim over the earth and its resources as present generations do. We should not deplete or pollute these resources to the extent that we deny future generations the right to use them and benefit from this use. While this concept of trans-generational equity usually refers to the unborn millions who will inherit this planet, the pace of environmental degradation and exploitation of natural resources have reached such a pace that there is a danger that many of the youth today would not be able to enjoy the same opportunities we do today. Therefore, as those who, in the future, will bear the consequences of our actions today the youth should have an important voice in how the country develops.

However, this important stakeholder is often not given any voice. As IMI aims to “be the platform for networking, sharing and bringing issues of the mountains for the benefit of all stakeholders”, it is vital that the youth also get a chance to present their perspectives. With this in mind, LEAD India in partnership with SDFN and YouthNet proposes a youth conference on sustainable mountain development that will focus on the development priorities of the youth; their concerns, and how they think these should be addressed. .

Objective and output


The conference will have participation of youth from all the 11 states and 2 hill districts that constitute the IHR and will strive to:
• Develop a shared understanding of sustainable development;
• Identify and understand the specific challenges faced by youth in mountain states;
• Determine their concerns and perspective on how to address such challenges; and
• Provide the youth with specific leadership skills.

The findings that emerge from this youth programme would feed into IMI’s SMD Summit


• Common understanding of what sustainable development is
• A document stating the development priorities of the youth
• A set of recommendations on how the youth believe IMI themes should be approached

Structure of the youth summit

day 1

Session on Sustainable Development

  • Facilitated session to determine what the participants understand about sustainable development and to develop a shared understanding on key concept and issues;
  • What are the development priorities of youth and how do they perceive the current developmental paradigm?
  • Expert presentation on sustainable development- basic concept, models of relevance to Mountain states
  • Group work for participants

Parallel Skills Sessions

  • Systems Thinking
  • Negotiation, communication and consensus building OR Effective Communication and Influencing Policies

Breakaway thematic sessions on IMI themes

Each thematic session will start with a brief input by a sector expert who will give a broad understanding about the Sector and how does it impact development in context of Mountains. This input will be followed by sub group consultations around key issues where participants will be expected to share their perspectives, priorities and recommendations for policy makers.

day 2

Field visits - To show complexity of development issues by making participants interact with multiple and diverse stakeholders

  • field trips could be based around a single theme or groups could be split up into three groups based on IMI themes (water, agri, forests)

World café – to exchange and consolidate key learning

  • What are the major development challenges related to water, agri, forests for mountain states?
  • How do these affect the youth in these states?
  • How can these challenges be addressed?


  • Plenary – groups come together and present their findings, recommendations to each other. The plenary debates and adopts these findings / recommendations and they are presented at IMI

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