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Lalitpur, an adjoining city to capital Kathmandu, recently hosted one of the major conferences on youth leadership. “National Youth Conference 2066” was organized in Staff College, Lalitpur on 22nd and 23rd February 2010. The event was hosted by National Youth Organization Federation Nepal (NYOFN), an organization that has 162 Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) as its organizational members. Its head office is located in Tinkune, Kathmandu.

The conference was attended by the members of the NYOFN and few other delegates and a mass of around 300 people. Also Biotechnology Society of Nepal (BSN) was represented by Mr. Pawan Bashyal (Treasurer, BSN). It was formally closed by Honorable His Excellency Mr. Pramanda Jha, Vice President of Nepal.

Following topics were discussed in the conference.

  1. “Political Parties and Youth in Leadership by Honorable Member of Parliament” by Rabindra  Adhikari
  2. “Youth, Natural Resources and community Federalism” by Dr Bharat Pokherel
  3. “Youth and entrepreneurship in Agriculture” by Janaki Prasad Pokhrel
  4. “Climate change, REDD and Role of Youth” by Bryan Bushly
  5. “Role of International Community for Youth Development and Peace” by Bishnu Pathak, PhD
  6. “Presentation of Swine flu and Bird Flu”  by Dr. Navin Ghimire , Avian Influenza Control Organization
  7. “Tourism Promotion and Role of Youth” by Tourism Board. Given by: Surya Thapaliya

The entire program was more focused on youth leadership and participation of the younger generation in the proper utilization of natural resources of the country. Climate change, Biodiversity and Natural resource management and Tourism caught the main attention of the program. Some of the speakers also stressed in ways to effectively mobilize youth and the community in main stream national development at local level. There were also discussions on micro-entrepreneurship and revenue generation form even the smallest possible means.

The conference was more fruitful in terms of exchange of ideas that will certainly lead to proper planning towards national development. There were also concerns over carrying the youth’s voice to the Constituent Assembly and making laws/policies that can encourage the youth community to participate in national development.


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