Kathmandu, August 16
Youth rights activists have demanded that political parties allocate at least 50 per cent of the positions for their youth-group members while deciding candidates for the November elections.
According to Nepal’s National Youth Policy, the group between 16 and 40 years of age is considered youth. Hence, organising a meeting in Kathmandu, representatives of all seven provinces demanded a fair share in the upcoming elections to the House of Representatives and provincial assemblies.
On the occasion of Youth Day, the Nepal Youth Network for Sustainable Development organised its seventh national youth convention in Kathmandu on Sunday and Monday, ending up issuing a nine-point declaration.
Other points of the declaration demand youth-friendly policies in various sectors.
At the concluding session of the event, the organisers submitted a copy of the declaration to the government via National Youth Council’s Vice-chairperson Surendra Basnet. National Assembly Chairperson Ganesh Prasad Timalsina had inaugurated the event earlier.
The event coordinator Amrit Devkota says the organisation has been hosting the youth convention almost every year since 2016 to discuss young people’s participation in Sustainable Development Goals.
Organisers say 120 youth representatives from seven provinces participated in the event also supported by the National Youth Council, NGO Federation, Association of INGOs in Nepal, and Nepal Tourism Board.