Mumbai: MrAditya Thackeray, Cabinet Minister of Tourism, Environment, Protocol, Govt of Maharashtra, today said that quality education, economy, civilization and environment are the four main elements that contribute to the growth of the youth and thereby, the nation. 

FICCI Global Young Leaders Summit- Youth Icons: Inspiring New GenerationsMr Thackeray said that when we speak about youth, one of the top-most priorities for us is the right to quality education and that the youth leaders must stress on it. “We need to realize if we are reaching the last person with quality education that will not only help him get a job but also create a job and live a sustainable life ahead,” he said.

Mr Thackeray said that the onus is on youth leaders to balance development and economic growth with sustainable development. He also noted that the country needs to have local actions that have global impacts. 

Mr Thackeray opined that COVID has given us the biggest learning that we can have as humans. The Minister further added that it is imperative that we realize that we need to work together to save nature and the environment. “Let’s save nature. We are not doing a favour by saving it. We are saving ourselves by saving nature,” he said.  

Mr Thackeray said, “Two themes – globalization and nationalism, have been perpetual in the long arc of human history. Another theme that has been perpetual and has been the driving force behind globalization and nationalism is youth. Youth leadership is about having a future goal in mind and working towards achieving it.” 

Addressing the session, Mr Lyonpo Ugyen Dorji, Minister – Ministry of Labour and Human Resources, Royal Government of Bhutan, Kingdom of Bhutan said, “The philosophy of Gross National Happiness is a philosophy of sustainable development.”  

Mr Dorji said that against the COVID backdrop we have seen leaders, governments look for ideas, solutions and not only talk about newer visions but to also keep them afloat against challenges of a shrinking economy, job losses, disrupted supply chains and growing rates of inflation. “The leadership, energy, enthusiasm and the talent that the younger generation brings to the table really holds hope and potential to make a difference,” he said. 

Stressing on the importance of India- Bhutan relations, Mr Dorji said, “For us, India is the world and we rarely look beyond India. There is a healthy exchange of ideas and a deliberate attempt to nurture the younger leadership. When India does well, Bhutan does well too.”