Global Youth Culture Summit 2012 or GYCS 2012 was held in Jakarta on August 9 – 13th, 2012. It’s an International forum for Youth to contribute their ideas to the fulfillment of the UN Millennium Development Goals due for 2015. It’s an annual event by One Young World http://www.oneyoungworld.com/about-us
It aimed at fostering better understanding across various cultures, facilitating international relations between countries and strengthening international cooperation focusing on youth and culture.
The Summit gathered 400 youth, selected from all over the world through a Youtube video/essay competition. Young people applying to GYCS are challenged to present a creative idea to help the fulfillment of one of the MDGs, leveraging their own cultural background and perspective in the process.
The main objective of this event is gaining active awareness and participation of youth regarding MDG 2015 issues that we are currently in this phase. With the focus pillars of Millenium Development Golas are:
- Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
- Achieve Universal Primary Education
- Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
- Reduce Child Mortality
- Improve Maternal Health
- Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases
- Ensure Environmental Sustainability
- Develop a Global Partnership for Development
The focus topic that I chose was “Develop a global partnership for development” with my essay titled “Between Muslim culture, Indonesian cultural heritage, and the global partnership for the 8th pillar of world MDG”. Below is the content:
We have the mission of developing a global partnership for development as our millennium development goal today. You all might be questioning what are those the developments? And they are certainly the 7th pillars before this 8th pillar which are Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger, Achieve Universal Primary Education, Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women, Reduce Child Mortality, Improve Maternal Health, Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases, Ensure Environmental Sustainability.
This global goal is focusing on the developing countries. Indeed the before 7 goals are the responsibility of those countries to survive. Nevertheless, the developed countries also have the role in the contribution by ensuring and assisting them for the continual progress and the facilitations.
Historically each nation has its own responsibility for the law, trade, technology, and the sustainable life. But ever since the countries’ wall has been broken down with the so-called free trade from and the policy of adopting universal currencies from the west, now every countries are the task for the other countries to develop the left behind.
But then in this new era, some problems come caused by the new regulations and rules. The free trade rules in some poorer countries which effects on the nation’s self economy growth. Free trade regulation in some countries are being misdeed by the corporation direct the businesses. Foreign nation may definitely invest and do the business in other nation according to the free trade rules, but they obviously should not corrupt the local richness and resources, right? At the moment, investment in developing nations is often hampered by debt and past mismanagement of resources.
Another side effect of the global regulations is a high cost of medicines and drugs. I think it sounds so weird when the world effort so hard to meet the development goals but one fundamental thing forgotten is the global health itself. Imagine the poor country has to buy so expansive medicine from the rich country because the poor country is facing a serious virus. Where pills for particular illnesses cost pennies in the rest of the world, they are still not available to reduce preventable deaths in developing countries.
And also, internet access is one of the important points of a global partnership. Yet, some citizens might have an easy connections to the internet, but some else exactly got a real hard to connect to the internet. From then on, there comes projects running to set the problem, such as an NGO in India which has IT4Change that works for innovative and effective use of ICTs to promote socio-economic change in the global South, The Village Phone in Bangladesh which brought phones to the villages of Bangladesh and gave loans to the poor women to buy themselves cell-phones to sell their service and make money.
MDG 8 also addresses the digital divide. Studies show that a 10% increase in high-speed Internet connections result in economic growth of 1.3% in developing countries, yet many people live in rural areas without access or are too poor to afford it.
From those problems above, let’s make the solutions for it. We should start the step from a further development on open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system, deal comprehensively with developing countries’ debt, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries, until make available benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications.
As the world organization has driven many steps for development through education, economy, social politic, health, security, and technology. Now, let’s the youth do the art! Let’s begin it with something new like cultural approach and see how the culture can drive the development wheels.
Culture is something that can’t be apart from one thing called education. As that, I have the idea to build a yayasan called yayasan The Margin’s.
yayasan the Margin’s is directing a project to safe the marginal youth. We teach them through cultural approach and we focus on how growing them with Indonesian cultural heritage. One plus that we can get along is that we also safe the Indonesian cultural heritage which is recently being forgotten by the youth. Furthermore, we would send the trained youth to have many shows about the cultural art they learn in the yayasan either inside Indonesia and foreign countries. The more we succeed it, the more Indonesian cultures are famous in the world and we can make the fee income for the margins’ life cost to reduce poverty.
Yayasan the Margin’s also conducts a primary education center for them for free. And how we make it more efficient with focusing on an applicative education for them. So, we can ensure them will continue living independently. The applicative educations we contribute such as IT, healthcare, and producing the trendy batik with all of the Indonesian culture style.
You know what? The most affective actor in the education center and the sustainable entrepreneurship of producing batik is women. Here, we can also attempt to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women, including Ensure Environmental Sustainability.
This yayasan will have a link of partnership with the other developing countries. We can enlarge our projects there.
One more thought, Indonesia is one of the countries with Muslim major citizenship. The people here, especially Muslim, has gotten the habit of Muslim culture. Then what I want to focus is on the point of Zakat, one of the five laws that are fundamental duties to unite Muslims in spirit.
There are some certain times for Muslim to do the Zakat every year. The main goal from this Zakat is to help the poorer and other status person who included in the rules of Zakat accepter. Factually, this Muslim duty is more effective than the government subsidies program to eradicate the poverty, since there are so many corruptions in the government bodies.
Last but not least, the youth has done enough challenge for the world development that use the global partnership on it. And as a patriotic citizen, let’s promote the heritage culture while developing the global partnership for the world development.
So that’s it my idea that demanded a specific and concrete plan of suggestion to the MDG issue. I didn’t make it to carry my essay to the finalist list so I don’t know whether the idea of the finalists would be implemented to a real physical form of project work.