Bengaluru student to represent India at youth summit in Germany

Bengaluru student to represent India at youth summit in Germany

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2017-03-06 09:56 Bengaluru: Young Sailesh Singhal is on cloud nine. The 20-year-old B.Sc student from St Joseph's College in Bengaluru has been nominated by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to attend the Y20 summit in Germany in June 2017. Y20 is the youth summit of the G20. The gathering gives a platform for young people to air their concerns and provide possible solutions to pressing problems.For Sailesh, the selection is a huge honour but the young man is not new to responsibility. Sailesh has represented India in various forums and conferences held in different countries. Last April, he was the head youth delegate of the G20 youth summit that was held in Germany. Sailesh has campaigned for Pocket Money Campaign, which was selected as one among the top five best campaigns in the world by the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth."Pocket Money Campaign was meant for Nepal devastation," says Sailesh. "It was an initiative to help people who were effected by the earthquake in Nepal. I have also been an active participant in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals initiative." He has also participated in the World Bank Youth Summit and UNESCO's Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) event in Geneva. "I was the youngest delegate representing India in Geneva for the GAMAG event and went ahead to become part of the Global Market Challenges Committee," he says proudly. Talking about the Y20 summit, Sailesh says the G20 aims at building resilience, improving sustainability and assuming responsibility. "Y20 will discuss these issues from a youth perspective and develop common positions through workshops. After I return, I will discuss about the possibilities of other young leaders participating in the Y20. We will share our experiences and work on them with young people across the city and state," he says.Sailesh feels proud of being part of the United Nations. At the UN, he met prominent people, including the director of Al Jazeera, a meeting Sailesh cherishes very much.Talking about the importance of youth participating in international forums, Sailesh says youth participation does make a lot of difference, since youth have a different vision of society.