Ubon Ratchatani and Nongkhai provinces, Thailand, 16-21 November 2007
Youth Program and Forum, Pre-Conference Activities
The first phase, prior to the Conference, will involve a Core Group of young delegates from Bhutan, Canada and the Mekong region, and will be dedicated to the construction of a mutual understanding among the young participants and the creation of a harmonious environment for their work.
After arriving in Thailand on the 16th of November, the young delegates will reach the Hong Or village in Ubon Ratchatani province, where they will share their experiences during a two-day Youth Forum on GNH, on 17-18 November. Hosted by the villagers in home-stay accommodation and using a traditional floating house for their meetings, the youth representatives will develop together new approaches to a number of common issues, that were also identified in the national and regional preparatory meetings and will be presented all over the main Conference activities.
On the 19th and 20th of November, the Core Group will then leave Hong Or village and have the possibility to take part in exposure trips to local communities and projects in Pakmon and Nhong Phum villages, where they will learn about a number of local and global issues. They will arrive in Ratchatani Asok community on the evening of the 19th and discover their activities and peculiar approach, dedicating the day of the 20th to integrating the local perspective experienced during the exposure trips to their preparation work.
After a night trip by bus from Ubon Ratchatani to Nongkhai, where the first part of the Conference takes place, the group will use the day of the 21st to start setting objectives and sharing the tasks for both the practical aspects of the Conference preparing together presentations and workshops materials on shared issues and country-based topics - and the monitoring of the content and outcomes of its different activities, working on specific questions and guidelines to provide continuous feedback and take a lead to include the youth perspective in all GNH future developments.
A video-project will also start already during the pre-conference activities, and include interviews and video diaries with and on local youth and its situation, with the preparation of key questions to be proposed to the participant and speakers of the Conference to address the priorities identified in the Youth Forum and the preparatory meetings and activities in every country.
Nongkhai, Thailand, 22-25 November 2007
3rd International Conference on GNH Youth Participation and Perspectives,
The second phase will see the start on the 22nd of the official Conference activities, and the youth group will be strongly involved in the implementation of the different plenary meetings and workshops with several specific occasions where the Youth role and perspectives in GNH will constitute the core of the discussions and take active responsibility in linking the work of the 100 young participants expected with that of the different groups and individuals present: the creation by the Core Group of a permanent Youth Focal Point will insure a space for both orienting new participants and facilitate their active participation and contribution to the Conference. As the first part of the conference will focus on the spiritual and local wisdom and knowledge, the Youth delegates will provide important inputs on these topics and learn from the experiences of GNH as promoted and understood by religious and community leaders, local governments and institutions. The video-project will also focus on the local aspects of GNH, with interviews with local youth both in the rural and urban areas of Nongkhai region.
Bangkok, Thailand, 26-28 November 2007
3rd International Conference on GNH Youth Participation and Perspectives
In the third phase, the young delegates will continue monitoring the Conference process, taking part in all the workshops and discussions and developing the activities of the Youth Focal Point, promoting participative daily feedback meetings with the up to 100 young participants coming from all around the world. The outcomes of such a reunion of diverse youth perspectives on GNH policies will then constitute the core of two key-moments that the young delegates are asked to prepare: the workshops on GNH Indicators, with the presentation of a Child and Youth Well-being Index, and the final 20 minutes speech to address the 600 participants attending the plenary meeting of the last day. As the days in Bangkok will be focusing on the national and international impact of GNH and other important visions of sustainable living, the young participants will contribute at this stage with decisive theoretic inputs on the priorities and perspectives as seen from the Youth, including reflections on intergenerational and cultural approaches to development. Through the video-project interviews, the young delegates will also question the key actors of the Conference, from academics to political leaders and business organisations, about their understanding and activities with and for the Youth.
Bangkok, Thailand, 29-30 November 2007
Youth Program and Forum Post-Conference Activities
In the fourth and last phase, the members of the Core Group will meet again to evaluate the experience and prepare a plan of action for the future implementation of Youth GNH actions and policies, draft together the plan of the report and video-project to be published, and share the tasks and responsibilities for the finalisation of all necessary documents.