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NETWORKING YOUTH FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY. Dr. Chris Nonis B.Sc.(Hons), MBBS(London), MRCP(UK) Deputy Chairman Royal Commonwealth Society London.

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1 NETWORKING YOUTH FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY. Dr. Chris Nonis B.Sc.(Hons), MBBS(London), MRCP(UK) Deputy Chairman Royal Commonwealth Society London

2 YOUTH CHALLENGES IN THE 21 ST CENTURYYOUTH CHALLENGES IN THE 21 ST CENTURY PovertyPoverty UnemploymentUnemployment ConflictConflict TerrorismTerrorism HIV & AIDSHIV & AIDS Democracy & Good GovernanceDemocracy & Good Governance Climate ChangeClimate Change Trade ProtectionTrade Protection Yocomm.com Pan-Commonwealth Survey Malta, CHOGM 2005

3 1.3 billion young people now living in the developing world.1.3 billion young people now living in the developing world. 200 million young people living in poverty200 million young people living in poverty 130 million illiterate130 million illiterate 88 million unemployed88 million unemployed 10 million living with HIV & AIDS10 million living with HIV & AIDS YOUTH CHALLENGES IN THE 21 ST CENTURYYOUTH CHALLENGES IN THE 21 ST CENTURY

4 “The Commonwealth could listen to young people and start acting as role model for our future generation through ceasing armed conflict, upholding global and domestic human rights, promoting TRUE democracy where we embrace rather than demonize the “other” or “different”, engaging young people in politics through education and participation, and give young people more than just a tokenistic say in domestic and national governance.” Yocomm Pan-Commonwealth youth survey, CHOGM 2005, Malta "Making an Impact: The Commonwealth in Parliament and in the Constituencies" Criticality is to redefine the Commonwealth in contemporary youth terms, addressing imperatives such as trade investment, capital flows, energy security, climate change

5 Commonalities in our Commonwealth network provide a platform for democracy and development towards Millennium Development Goals.Commonalities in our Commonwealth network provide a platform for democracy and development towards Millennium Development Goals. We should leverage on our commonalities… Legal, Civil Service… Language… Administrative Systems, Our historical links… Education, Cross Border Migration, empathy with each other, and cultural affinity has cemented a pan-Commonwealth relationship with a reservoir of goodwill.We should leverage on our commonalities… Legal, Civil Service… Language… Administrative Systems, Our historical links… Education, Cross Border Migration, empathy with each other, and cultural affinity has cemented a pan-Commonwealth relationship with a reservoir of goodwill. …..So lets harness it. THE COMMONWEALTH NETWORK ADVANTAGE

6 Commonwealth: A Way Forward Kamalesh Sharma Commonwealth Secretary-General Address at Royal Commonwealth Society, London “Youth are our greatest commonwealth asset” YOUTH - THE MOST DYNAMIC COMMONWEALTH NETWORK LOCAL NETWORKSLOCAL NETWORKS REGIONAL NEWORKSREGIONAL NEWORKS CROSS BORDER NETWORKSCROSS BORDER NETWORKS GLOBAL NETWORKSGLOBAL NETWORKS ONLINE NETWORKSONLINE NETWORKS

7 –CAPACITY BUILDING –DATA ACQUISITION & KNOWLEDGE PROCESSING –TECHNOLOGY & KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER –VALUE CREATION & VALUE RETENTION A Commonwealth Network of Shared Values. Always retain your values you can achieve all the success you want but never do it at the expense of someone else. Try not to be a man of success. Try to be a man of value… Albert Einstein –BUILDING SUCCESSFUL NETWORKS Success is a Gift to Pass to Others… “You make a living by what you get… you make a life by what you give…” Winston Churchill “None has ever become poor by giving” Anne Frank LOCAL NETWORKS LOCAL NETWORKS

8 REGIONAL NETWORKS FOR TRADEREGIONAL NETWORKS FOR TRADE “Pan Commonwealth trading block concept” (EU, SAARC) Use our collective networking strengths to enhance regional trade and investment To meet Challenges of Globalisation - WTO, Doha Round, Gleneagles etc Strive for Greater economic engagement Address POVERTY, if we are to achieve millennium development goals and truly be a COMMON-WEALTH

9 CROSS BORDER NETWORKSCROSS BORDER NETWORKS –Commonwealth Secretariat –Royal Commonwealth Society –Commonwealth Business Council –Commonwealth Youth Education Council –Commonwealth Youth Caucus –Commonwealth Youth Programme –Royal Over-Seas League

10 ONLINE NETWORKSONLINE NETWORKS YouTubeFacebookYahooYocomm Social Networks; Advocacy, Campaigning, Discussion Fora

11 INNOVATE NEW NETWORKSINNOVATE NEW NETWORKS “The wise man is not the one who gives the right answers… the man who asks the right questions” Challenge convention and preconceived ideas and advance the Frontiers of Science World Wide Web Bioinformatics Nano Technology Genomics

12 MAKE AN IMPACT IN THE 21 ST CENTURYMAKE AN IMPACT IN THE 21 ST CENTURY Bill Gates - Microsoft Windows Yocomm Google – Sergey Brin & Larry Page

13 VIRTUES IN LEADERSHIP FOR THE FUTUREVIRTUES IN LEADERSHIP FOR THE FUTURE “The future of the Commonwealth is indeed in the hands of the young” HM Queen Elizabeth II Mahatma Gandhi He had a serenity and tranquility in his spirit with a philosophic detachment, which preserved his sense of essential values. He had discovered the hidden secret and intellectual virtues of heart and mind Nelson Mandela The personification of the concept of equanimity and always demonstrated a sense of compassion and never locked in intrepidity and fortitude

14 YOUTH NETWORKS FOR CHANGE IN THE 21 ST CENTURYYOUTH NETWORKS FOR CHANGE IN THE 21 ST CENTURY “Change is the realization that meeting today's threats require not just our firepower but the power of our diplomacy” The power of networking The power of networking The power of voice The power of voice The power of youth The power of youth Barack Obama President - Elect of USA

15 One final thought… Yours is a vibrant civilization You can be the change we believe in NETWORKING YOUTH FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY. We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. Mother Theresa

16 The Future is YOU Dr. Chris Nonis B.Sc(Hons) MBBS ( London) MRCP (UK) Deputy Chairman, Royal Commonwealth Society, UK Royal Commonwealth Society, UK NETWORKING YOUTH FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY.


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