Youth Forum-2024
& Youth Camp

WSF 17-19 FEBRUARY 2024,

Youth Advocacy Nepal

आदरणिय युवाहरु

विश्व सामाजिक मञ्चको अवधिमा  विश्वका ३० भन्दा बढी देशका युवा प्रतिनिधिहरू समावेश गरी ’अन्तरमहादेसीय युवा मञ्च’ हुने छ ।  यो कार्यक्रम  सन २०२४ फ्रेवररी १७ देखी १९ सम्म काठमाडौं, नेपालमा तय गरिएको छ ।  यसको उद्घाटन समारोह फ्रवररी १७ तारिखका दिन ९ वजे् देखी ११ वजे सम्म सिटी हल, भृकुटीमण्डपमा हुने तय गरिएको छ ।  यसपछि दिउँसो ११ः१० देखी १ः०० बजे सम्म र २ः०० देखी ४ः०० सम्म भृकुटीमण्डपको वगैँचामा दशवाट विषयमा समानान्तर छलफल हुनेछ । कार्यक्रममा सहभागी हुन ईच्छुक व्यक्तिहरुले फ्लायरबाट स्क्यान गर्न सक्नुहुन्छ । सहभागीहरुलाई प्रमाणपत्रको पनि व्यवस्था गरिएको छ ।

Dear all, During the World Social Forum, the ‘Intercontinental Youth Forum’ will take place, featuring young representatives from over 30 countries worldwide. This event is scheduled from February 17th to 19th, 2024 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The inaugural ceremony of the IYF is set to occur at City Hall, Bhrikutimadap, on February 17th, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Following this, parallel discussions on five thematic areas will be conducted from 11:10 AM to 1:00 PM, with the remaining five thematic areas covered from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Bhrikutimandap (Garden). Those interested in participating are urged to register by scanning the details provided in the flyers. Certificates for the participants will be provided.



In the 1980s, the principles of neoliberalism, advocated by scholars like Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises, and James M. Buchanan, as well as politicians and policymakers such as Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, and Alan Greenspan, were introduced in the international economic and political orders. These principles included privatization, deregulation, globalization, free trade, monetarism, austerity, and reductions in government spending to increase the role of the private sector in the economy and society.

The neoliberal policies, implemented under the Washington Consensus in the world regulated by the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and World Trade Organization (WTO), have exacerbated and continue to exacerbate unprecedented inequality in various forms between and within states. For instance, as per the Global Inequality Report 2022 while the bottom 50 percent of the global population owns just 2 percent of wealth and 8 percent of income, the top 10 percent of the population owns 76 percent of total household wealth and captures 52 percent of total income. Oxfam Report 2022 reveals that one person dies every four seconds due to colossal rise in inequality-led vulnerabilities in society.

Authoritarianism and totalitarianism, under the guise of extreme nationalism, populism, and fundamentalism, are on the rise worldwide. As a result, freedom of speech, assembly, and association have been impeded.

Moreover, the ecological system, in the name of so-called development, has deteriorated due to an illicit nexus between business tycoons and representatives of governments worldwide.

Warmongering politicians, coupled with the Military-Industrial Complex, have posed a tremendous perilous situation, damaging the security situation in the world. The Ukraine-Russia conflict, Israel-Palestine conflict, and Middle East crisis are epitomes of the propensity of warmongering politicians using the pretext of a so-called geopolitical conflict in the ‘new cold war.’ Furthermore, the saber-rattling of nuclear use, the most destructive bomb for humanity, has been a Damocles’ sword hanging over human civilization for a long time.

Although world leaders time and again commit in international forums to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights, the fundamental rights of people living in poverty, women, indigenous, LGBTIQS++, migrants, refugees, Dalits, and other marginalized and vulnerable communities have been significantly violated.

In the contemporary world, there exists a demographic of over 1.2 billion individuals aged between 15 and 24 worldwide. Extensive research and studies have indicated that a significant majority of young people, exceeding 80 percent on a global scale and especially in regions referred to as the Global South, experience oppression and exploitation as a result of the negative consequences brought about by privatization, liberalization, and globalization in their everyday lives.

While youth have played a remarkable role in social, economic, and political revolutions, their right to have meaningful participation in decision-making, education, health, employment, entrepreneurship, and other necessary rights have not been guaranteed. As a result, in the so-called globalized world, youths are living in desperate conditions throughout the world in general, particularly in least developed countries.

Given the current context, youth living in all continents of the world should have a clear understanding of the driving forces of the international political and financial order, its inherent contradictions, and its linkages with youth development, among other factors. For this reason, the youth of the world should come together to discuss the challenges they face, strategize alternative proposals, and enhance the world youth movement against neoliberal globalization, making counter hegemonic ideas.

The ‘World Social Forum’, starting in Brazil in 2001, is set to be organized in Nepal from 15-19 February 2024 in Nepal. Under this forum, given the tremendous potential of youth to transform the world under the slogan “Another world is possible,” the Inter-continental Youth Forum (IYF) is planned to be held from 17-19 February 2024 in Nepal, involving more than ten thousand progressive youths from around the globe.

Core Objective of the IYF are as follows :

  • To create an open space to empower and mobilize youth from diverse backgrounds and regions to engage in meaningful discussions and propose alternative solutions,
  • To analyze the effects of neo-liberal policies introduced in the 1980s, as part of the Washington Consensus, on global inequality, with a specific focus on their impact on marginalized and vulnerable youths living in various parts of the world,
  • To coordinate and collaborate in building a world youth movement that challenges the neo-liberal globalization and advocates for a more inclusive and equitable global order, creating counter-hegemonic discourse.
  • Organizing Committee
  • To ensure the seamless execution of the programs, several committees have been established, ensuring the participation of youth organizations. These committees include program and methodology, volunteer coordination, fundraising, communication management, and logistical oversight. Additionally, the convener along with secretariat to facilitate the program have been chosen. To prepare the program, various rounds of meetings have been already held.
Programs and methods
Intercontinental Youth Forum

The Intercontinental Youth Forum (IYF) is slated to take place on the 17th of February 2024 at the World Social Forum venue in Bhrikutimadap, Kathmandu. This event will be attended by young participants hailing from all continents across the globe. The IYF will commence with an opening ceremony from 9:00 to 10:30 AM at Rastriya Sabhagriha, Kathmandu, in the presence of both national and international delegates and speakers.

During the inauguration session, national and international youth leaders will deliver speeches, emphasizing the significance of youth engagement in bringing about positive transformations in their lives and the world at large. Following the opening session, there will be thematic discussions on nine key topics, which include education beyond privatization, Unmasking Unemployment for Economic Empowerment, Climate Justice: Paradigm Shifts for World Development, Peace, Disarmament, and Military Industrial Complex, Breaking Chains: Eradicating Global Inequality, Mind Matters: Youth Wellbeing Today, Redefining Nationality and Stateless, Foreign Labor Migration: Choice or Duty? and GEDSI and Social Justice: Equitable Strides

These discussions will be organized into two time slots from 11:00-1:00 PM and 2:00-4:00 PM. In the first slot, there will be simultaneous discussions on five thematic areas, and in the second slot, four issues will be discussed. Approximately 300 participants attend for each dialogue. Each issue will be presented and analyzed by experts, followed by robust interactions among the participants. All presentations and discussions will be recorded and shared through various media channels.

WSF 2024 Youth Camp

A ‘Youth Camp’ is scheduled to occur alongside the World Social Forum on 18th February 2024 (Evening session) To ensure the camp runs smoothly, logistical preparations will have been made, including the provision of 500 tents, toilet facilities, security, and food services. At the camp, young participants and youth organizations from all corners of the globe will have the opportunity to engage in interactive workshops addressing youth-related concerns, artistic presentations, storytelling gatherings, cultural displays, documentary screenings, boating, networking, and campfires. Besides arranging the venue, space, and logistics from WSF 2024 Youth Camp organizing team, participants, and organizations themselves will lead the implementation of the aforementioned activities.

Youth Assembly and Declaration

The Youth Assembly is scheduled for the 19th, between 5:00 and 6:00 PM at Bhrikutimandap. During this assembly, drawing from the insights gathered at the WSF 2024 youth camp and the Intercontinental Youth Forum, the Kathmandu Youth Declaration will be formulated. This declaration will present a collective call to action, urging governments to address the challenges confronting young people globally.

Program Schedule
Contact person

Naren Khatiwada,
Convener, Inter-continental Youth Forum
Mobile :9849006100

Youth Advocacy Nepal (YAN)
Phone; 00977-1-4770053,
Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal

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