EU Ambassador to Nepal, H.E. Nona Deprez launches application call for Youth Sounding Board

(Source: EEAS)

At the Europe Day celebration that took place on 9 May 2022 at Patan Museum, Lalitpur, EU Ambassador to Nepal, H.E. Nona Deprez launched the application call for Youth Sounding Board.

At the Europe Day celebration that took place on 9 May 2022 at Patan Museum, Lalitpur, the EU Ambassador to Nepal, H.E. Nona Deprez launched the application call for Youth Sounding Board. The Youth Sounding Board is a consultative space for young people that aims to create real, fundamental, long-lasting changes in how the EU engages with young people in its development cooperation. The formation of the Youth Sounding Board started in Brussels and similar boards have been formed around the world.

In Nepal, the formation of the Youth Sounding Board will be carried out together by the EU, Youth Innovation Lab, Oxfam in Nepal, and Helvetas in Nepal and their consortium partners who are the grant winners of the projects on Youth at the Center of COVID Recovery in Nepal. Restless Development, consortium partners of the EU-funded project led by Youth Innovation Lab, will coordinate between the consortiums and the Youth Sounding Board members.

Speaking at the event, H.E. Nona Deprez shared that youth are not only the future of the world but also the present. Announcing the application call for the Youth Sounding Board in Nepali, H.E. Deprez said “I am very happy to announce that we will have a Youth Sounding Board and that the Youth Sounding Board will be a consultative space for Nepali Youth to influence the European Union’s development cooperation in Nepal, thereby making the European Union’s action more participatory, more relevant, and more effective for young people in Nepal.”

Pradip Khatiwada, Executive Director at Youth Innovation Lab said young people are the agent of change and they need to be part of the solution to address the most pressing issues of our time.

Youth Sounding Board provides that platform. It provides a platform for young people to participate in decision-making and make their voices heard. It provides them with space to participate in climate action, lead GESI initiatives, and participate in governance.

The YSB will be a platform of 25 youth members from Madhesh, Karnali, and Sudurpashchim provinces, serving an unpaid mandate of 12 months. The Youth Sounding Board will make the voices of youth heard, advise on key strategic priorities of the EU strategy in Nepal, and engage in communication, networking, and dialogues and advocacy platform that amplifies the voices of young people in Nepal.

The call for candidates will be from 9 May to 31 May and H.E. Nona Deprez invites all the youth from Madhesh, Karnali, and Sudurpashchim provinces to be part of this exciting cohort and to work with us to make our action more youth-centric, relevant, and participatory.

Interested youth can visit the website NYCAGG-Youth Sounding Board (https://theyouthcan.org/youth-sounding-board) and fill the form – https://bit.ly/3N09xTO to apply to be a member of the Youth Sounding Board.

Additional Details about three EU-funded projects in 2021

Youth Innovation Lab with its consortium partners Restless Development, CREASION, and CDMS is leading the project titled “Nepali Yuwa in Climate Action and Green Growth” that promotes Nepali youth inclusion in climate action and green economy in the post-COVID recovery of Nepal through their engagement in disaster and climate governance, entrepreneurship, and advocacy.

Oxfam in Nepal with its consortium partners Yuwalaya and Women Association of Marginalized Women is leading the project titled “Youth-led GESI initiatives for COVID recovery strategies and action in Nepal” (Youth Led GESI initiatives). The project aims to increase the socioeconomic and political participation of Nepali youth in the Karnali and Sudhurpaschim provinces of Nepal.

Helvetas in Nepal with its consortium partners Women Empowerment Action Forum and Sahayogi Samaj Nepal is leading the project titled “Promotion of Youth Engagement in Local Government Process” to promote the engagement of youth in democratic and governance processes and the protection, promotion, and fulfillment of human rights.

 

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