In New Delhi, IFUNA organises webinar on “Covid-19, Youth and Psychological Trauma” to mark the day
New York/New Delhi: On the occasion of International Youth Day today, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on leaders and adults everywhere to do everything possible to enable the world’s youth to enjoy lives of safety, dignity and opportunity and contribute to the fullest of their great potential.
“This year’s Youth Day occurs as the lives and aspirations of young people continue to be upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have lost their lives, and many have seen family members and other loved ones perish,” Guterres said. He added: “The vulnerabilities of young refugees, displaced persons, young women and girls and others caught up in conflict or disaster have grown more acute. A generation’s very formation has been jeopardized, their steps towards adulthood, identity and self-sufficiency thrown off course. Some have taken on care burdens or are suffering from increased risks of hunger, violence in the home or the prospect of never being able to resume their education. “
The Secretary-General though praised the youth saying that this generation was resilient, resourceful and engaged. “They are the young people who have risen up to demand climate action. They are mobilizing for racial justice and gender equality and are the champions of a more sustainable world. They are peacebuilders promoting social cohesion at a time of social distancing, advancing an end to violence globally and advocating harmony at a time of rising hatred. Many are young women who have been on the frontlines in mobilizing for justice and climate action — while also serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.”
The theme of this year’s International Youth Day – “Youth Engagement for Global Action” — spotlights the ways in which the voices and activism of young people are making a difference and moving our world closer to the values and vision of the United Nations Charter. Guterres said that realizing the promise of this generation meant investing far more in young people’s inclusion, participation, organizations and initiatives.
In the meantime in New Delhi, the Indian Federation of United Nations Associations (IFUNA), which enjoys the special consultative status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations, has organised a Webinar on the topic “Covid-19, Youth and Psychological Trauma” to mark the day. Informing about the webinar, IFUNA’s Secretary General Suresh Srivastava informed that distinguished psychologists and psychiatrists as well as neurologist would address the youth on this very topical issue to help them get rid of the strain they face because of COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns in different parts of the country that impacted their studies, career and jobs. The eminent speakers to participate in the webinar included Padma Shri Nouf Maarwai, Clinical Psychologist and first certified yoga instructor in Saudi Arabia, psychiatrists Dr. Nimesh Desai, Director, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, New Delhi, and Dr. Nikhil Raheja, and psychologists Dr. Rehman Khan Suri and Uma Sharma besides Dr. Keshen Raj, an eminent neurologist. Dr. Neelabh, Medical Superintendent of a prominent hospital would be the moderator.
– globalbihari bureau