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Chandigarh: Global youth peace fest to begin today

The event is being organised by Yuvsatta, an NGO that empowers youth for peace, and which is also celebrating 25 years of its foundation this year.

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During a press conference on the festival, in Chandigarh on Monday. (Source: Express photo by Jaipal Singh)

The 10th edition of the Global Youth Peace Fest (GYPF)-2015 is going to be inaugurated in the presence of Governor of Punjab & Haryana and UT Administrator Professor Kaptan Singh Solanki at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, Tuesday. The event is being organised by Yuvsatta, an NGO that empowers youth for peace, and which is also celebrating 25 years of its foundation this year.

During the course of this four-day fest, over 300 youngsters from countries such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Egypt, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, India, Syria, US and Nigeria will get together to deliberate upon issues concerning global peace.

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A press conference was held at Chandigarh Press Club Monday, where president of the club, Balwinder Singh Jammu, welcomed the delegates. “This fest has always witnessed various nations and communities coming together for love and peace,” he said. Participants from Egypt, Kazakhstan and Indonesia were also present on the occasion.

The second SAARC Youth Leadership Summit on issues promoting civic engagement of youth will be organised by Adviser Vijay Dev on September 30 at RGNIYD Regional Centre, PEC, Sector 12. A regional-level meet on ‘Rights and dignity of girls and women’ will also be conducted by academician Madhu Kishwar on the same day. Bernie Meyer, better known as the American Gandhi, will participate in the fest for the seventh consecutive year.

On October 1, Meyer will moderate a discussion between students of India and Pakistan on issues concerning females in India and Pakistan, at Carmel Convent School, Chandigarh. On October 2, ‘Be the Change Walkathon’ will be organised.

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Addressing the delegates at the press conference, Meyer said, “We live in a world where we are not really prepared to live, but we must try to provide the best to our future generations. Poverty and unemployment are the biggest evils of our society, and the youngsters of today must work together to eliminate these from our world.”