Patna boy selected for UN youth conference

PATNA: A student of standard XII at the city-based DAV Public School, BSEB Colony, Shastrinagar, Rishabh Singh, has done Bihar proud, as he has been invited to the five-day United Nations International Youth Conference (UNIYC) to be held at Bandung, Indonesia, beginning September 27, as part of the Indian delegation.

“I received the formal invite on Thursday,” said Singh, adding that the UNIYC would bring together 1,400 children and youths from member countries to discuss their role and inputs for the upcoming United Nations Conference on “Sustainable Development Rio+20″ to be held at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, next year on June 5.

While the formal name of the UNIYC Bandung conference is Tunza International and Youth Conference (TIYC), its guiding slogan is ‘Reshaping our future through a Green Economy and Sustainable Lifestyle.’ “The conference will review the contribution of children and youth to the International Year of Forests. It will also discuss how they can adopt more environment-friendly lifestyles,” Rishabh said.

Incidentally, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has adopted the word ‘Tunza’ for the youth conference, as the dictionary meaning of this East African word is “to treat with care and affection.” The themes for the children participating in the Bandung TIYC are “Rio+20 Green Economy, Green Lifestyles, Forests, Sustainable Consumption and State of the Global Environment from the youth perspective.” “The participants at the TIYC will discuss the themes to prepare inputs for the Rio conference,” Rishabh said.

By any reckoning, his participation in the Bandung TIYC is not a mean achievement. Given his interest in green economy, environmental matters and youth activities geared to it, as well as the awards he won at numerous international forums earlier, he was invited to a symposium to meet incumbent and former Chief Justices of India, Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and Delhi CM Sheila Dixit. He was chosen best delegate at the Model United Nations organized at IIT Patna as a high school intern, apart from being invited to participate in the Singularity Summit, New York. Recently, he was selected to co-represent Bihar at the South Asian Finals of Horlicks Wizkids 2011.

Humble to the core, Rishabh said, “I dedicate my success to my school and alma mater (Don Bosco, Patna, and DAV Public School, Patna), my teachers, mentors, and above all, supportive mother and encouraging father.” Apart from his sustained interest in academic pursuits, Rishabh’s other interests lie in a musical band that he has formed, and also the social group, Youth for Planet, whose founder president he was.

Initially, both his father Jayant Kumar Singh (DDC, Saharsa) and mother were clueless about his varied interests, which also included computer. “They, in fact, felt like they were caught in a maze of confusions, but they also know that I am very much alive to my career,” Rishabh said.

Source: Times of India

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