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Global Youth Mobilization Local Solutions

Context:

Recently, an initiative called the ‘Global Youth Mobilization’ has been launched for youths in communities impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

A Global Youth Summit (GYS), to be held virtually on 23rd-25th April 2021, marks the starting point for young people to get involved in the mobilization.

Relevance:

Prelims, GS-II: Social Justice (Management and Development of Social Sector)

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About the Global Youth Mobilization initiative
  2. The need for such an initiative

About the Global Youth Mobilization initiative

  • The Global Youth Mobilization initiative is a movement of young people taking action to improve their lives now and in a post-Covid-19 world.
  • The initiative aims to address the negative impact of the pandemic on young people and support them to build back better.
  • It is supported by the world’s six largest youth organisations, World Health Organization (WHO), and United Nations (UN) Foundation.
  • With support from the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund, Global Youth Mobilization will support and scale-up youth-led solutions and youth engagement programs across the world.
  • The Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund was established by the WHO with the help of the UN Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation.

The need for such an Initiative

  • There are an estimated 1.2 billion young people impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic response measures.
  • Disruptions to education, employment, services and social support have changed the future of an entire generation.
  • According to ILO and various other estimates, some 90 per cent of young people have “reported increased mental anxiety during the pandemic” while “one in six young people worldwide have lost their jobs during the pandemic”.

-Source: Down to Earth Magazine

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