INDIAN NEWS & TIMES

Friday, October 20, 2017

Sumedh_Gaikwad_-_PhotoSumedh Gaikwad, a social entrepreneur, is one such leader who is strongly committed to this cause and have been advocating economical weaker section of society on importance of affordable housing & Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana– CLSS scheme. Gaikwad, the co-founder of Janata home & CII-YoungIndian has been chosen to represent India at the 9th Commonwealth Young Minister’s Meeting, Kampala – Uganda.

The fundamental focus of this meeting is to encourage and inspire students, educational institutes and youth organisation to work towards implementation of global goals in our country.

The Commonwealth brings together Government Ministers, senior officials, Young Leaders, and Youth workers from across the globe for the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (9CYMM) in Kampala, Uganda, from 31 July to 4 August 2017. The Prime Minister of Uganda will also be attending the meeting. Just got the confirmation

The theme of the meeting is Resourcing and Financing Youth Development: Empowering Young People.The high-level summit, held every four years, comes as the world’s youth population reaches a record 1.8 billion people aged 15 to 29.affordable-housingToday the youth sector stands at a crossroads, with pressure on governments to do more for young citizens with fewer resources, and growing aspirations by young people to contribute to their societies.There’s a huge potential in today’s young generationto address the problems of the world, there are many young leaders who are continuously striving to make this world a better place.

The stakeholder forum is intended to be a space for dialogue and resolutions by non-governmental stakeholders in youth development. At the forum youth leaders can share good practice and propose recommendations to the main ministerial meeting on the key themes of the 9CYMM immediately following the Stakeholder Forum and the Youth Leaders Forum. CYMM is held every four years and is the most important Commonwealth conference for deliberation on the Commonwealth youth development agenda and its relationship with other sustainable development priorities. The meeting brings together Youth Ministers, senior government officials, youth representatives, youth workers and other youth development stakeholders from across the 52 Countries.affordable-hosuing-1

This year’s theme was selected for the urgency of turning the tide for investment in youth development in order to benefit young people’s productivity, wellbeing, self-empowerment, full employment, quality education, good health and an overall life quality; and, in turn, benefit national development.

The meeting will take place in the context of the recent adoption of the SDGs that have recognised the importance of delivering for young people by requirements around age segregation/age groups in goal 1 (poverty), 3 (health), 5 (gender equality), 8 (decent work), 10 (inequality), 11 (sustainable cities), 16 (peaceful, just and inclusive societies) and 17 (partnership). Additionally, there are explicit references to youth, young men and women, adolescents, girls and women aged 20–24 in the targets or indicators of nine goals.

These are Goals 1 (poverty), 2 (hunger), 3 (health), 4 (education), 5 (gender equality), 6 (clean water and sanitation), 8 (decent work), 13 (climate action) and 16 (peaceful, just and inclusive societies).3 However, all SDGs are recognised to influence the realisation of young people’s rights in a youth-mainstreamed approach.

When asked How is affordable housing related to SDG?, Gaikwad said, over a period of time urbanisation has seen an outcome of large expansion of people living in slums or has squatter shanties which has deteriorated the housing conditions of economically weaker sections of the society.

The most important factor behind this is steep increase in prices of land and real estate in urban areas which has forced EWS and LIG class of society to settle in inferior, obsolete and congested areas. This circumstances adversely effects the millions of families health, sanitization, safe drinking water and clean surrounding environment. Relocating them to affordable housing projects will give them access to all these basic facilities which are part of SDG’s.