The SOUTH ASIAN YOUTH SUMMIT 2017 will take place in Bhubaneswar City, Odisha, Republic of India from September 17 – 20, 2017. The cross cutting theme of SOUTH ASIAN YOUTH SUMMIT 2017 is “Creating a Sustainable Future: Empowering Youth with Sustainable Opportunities”. IYC realizes that the development of the SAARC nations depend largely on the opportunities provided for the youth and in the building of their skills, in orderforthem to use them in a timely, appropriate fashion. The South Asian Youth Summit 2017 will act as a platform to increase the areas of cooperation in the field of youths for better ties and economic prosperity amongst the SAARC nations. We believe that with the involvement of youth in every movement of decision making processes will enhance the region both economically and in bringing of peace and ending terrorism. We need a common youth voice by creating a common platform to begin the campaign.

The summit will seeks to assess conditions affecting the development of the information society in the region, establish information networks and partnerships among youth movements for the sharing of experiences as well as facilitate the incorporating and updating of national policies on youth issues. Other expected outcomes include the identification of ICT training needs, the establishment of required training structures and the dissemination of HIV/AIDS preventive information.

Today’s generations of young people are the most numerous in history. They are both the most educated and those that enjoy the best levels of health. They are also generations which, once they reach adulthood will have fewer children under their care than their predecessors which, with the right policies, could boost economic growth, by increasing the proportion of economic growth and of the working population, reducing the rate of demographic dependence and increasing household savings. All nations, regardless of their level of wealth, should take advantage of this opportunity before it is lost by the ageing of society .Otherwise, the goals of development and poverty reduction could be seriously hampered.

Thirteen years before the deadline set by the international community to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), IYC is organizing the South Asian Youth Summit 2017 as a forum for discussion and reflection on the role of youth in achieving the SDGs and also to facilitate a process that strengthens effective youth participation in the planning, implementation and evaluation of various global issues, referring to the process of defining the future global development framework that will succeed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

The summit will also create an inclusive platform for youth that enables them to review the progress of the SDGs, share ideas, experiences and innovative approaches for effectively contributing to the SDG framework and its implementation. It brings together young delegates from every nook and corner of the country to exchange views, share experiences on different issues, and detect common preoccupations and to develop realistic action plans to rebuild communities that meet the needs and aspirations of young people. The South Asian Youth Summit 2017 allows young people to voice their ideas and concerns and make suggestions directly.

Today’s youth are arising to shape the present and future of their countries. They want to be heard, to be included in decision making debates and to make change. Students’ engagement, social innovation, fostering democracy, youth employment, conflict and sustainable development are amongst the issues that will be discussed on the floor of the “SOUTH ASIAN YOUTH SUMMIT 2017” but also for ensuring that efforts are long lasting and progressive in the long term.