Five Young Innovators To Represent India At Telenor Youth Forum Asia 2016

The answers to some of the most daunting challenges facing Asia’s young population may be found by the youth themselves. This is the premise to Telenor India and Telenor Group’s announcement today that it is bringing its global Telenor Youth Forum to Asia for the first time. Part of a commitment to empowering a generation of digital natives, the event will include five delegates from India and brings together the leaders of tomorrow in Bangkok for a two-day session to address challenges for youth in the region.

The annual Telenor Youth Forum is organized in partnership with the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway and invites talented youth from Telenor’s markets around the world to find paths to dialogue and peace. Focusing on solutions that combine technology, engagement and advocacy, the participating opinion leaders build bridges across borders and exchange knowledge and ideas. The event will include keynotes by Sigve Brekke, President and CEO of Telenor Group, and Liv Tørres, Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Center.

“By reconnecting our markets’ brightest, most engaged and tech-savvy youth to address challenges facing their peers in Asia, we hope to see creative solutions that inspire scalable programs that will empower youth in the region,” said Brekke. “As we pilot the Telenor Youth Forum in Asia, we are not only furthering our commitment to an inclusive digital future, but also expanding this formerly Oslo-based programme into a year-round cycle of dialogue and production.”

This year, the Oslo-based forum is expanding to Asia for the first time, for a regionally-focused Forum that centers on solving some of the most pressing youth issues in Asia. The five issues range from youth unemployment to dialogue and access surrounding less talked about topics, such as mental health.

“India is a young country and Telenor believes in engaging with passionate youth leaders to use the power of technology for social causes. TYF Asia will give our five innovators a platform to increase access, collaborate and promote dialogue with like minded leaders from other countries to generate real solutions to five designated challenges facing Asia’s youth. We look forward to showcase their proposed solutions to inspire others across the country to innovate and create local impact,” said Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor (India) Communications.

The participating 28 delegates are all alumni of the global Telenor Youth Forum from the past three years and represent Telenor’s six markets in Asia. In addition to India, these include Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Thailand. Born into a digital age, these young innovators are passionate about social causes and believe that the power of technology can create action and real change.

The delegates will be organized into teams and be guided by world-class mentors and speakers from organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme, UNICEF Global Innovation Centre and the Nobel Peace Center, who will provide expert resources for strategy building, design planning and solution delivery.

Liv Tørres, Executive Director, Nobel Peace Center, said, “Our mission is to inspire peace, and we have partnered with the Telenor Youth Forum because it provides an arena for young people with ideas and passion to address the issues that matter most in building a path to peace. We are excited to take part in this program in Asia as it sources real solutions from the people best equipped to make the biggest difference in their region.”

The standout solution presented by the five teams will be featured at the Telenor Youth Forum in Oslo.

Telenor Youth Forum Asia 2016 will take place from May 25-26 in Bangkok, Thailand. The global Telenor Youth Forum is in its fourth year and will be held in Oslo, Norway during the Nobel Peace Prize week in December 2016. News Service

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