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Historic collaboration signed between UNICEF and NCC

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Imphal, Aug 7:

A historic Letter of Understanding (LoU) has been entered into between United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a subsidiary organ of the United Nations established by the General Assembly of the United Nations pursuant to resolution 57(I) of 11 December 1946, having its headquarters at New York, NY USA, and the *National Cadet Corps (NCC) with its headquarters in New Delhi, India.
UNICEF, in accordance to with its Charter and Mission Statement, works with governments, civil society organizations, and other partners in more than one hundred and sixty countries to advance children’s rights to survival, protection, development and participation, and is guided by the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC).
NCC is a youth development movement that provides opportunities to the youth of the country for their all-round development. NCC is open to regular schools and colleges on a voluntary basis and it aims at developing character, comradeship, discipline, a secular outlook, and ideals of selfless service among young citizens.
Within this framework, UNICEF and NCC, based on their respective mandates, both aim to promote rights of children.
This LoU shall aim to consolidate a long standing collaborative relationship at the regional level, by identifying specific areas in which NCC and UNICEF would like to enhance, expand and scale up joint action and partnership.
Driven by its mission to deliver results for young people, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS) and UNICEF have come together to support the Generation Unlimited (GenU) partnership, called YuWaah in India. It is a multi-stakeholder platform that aims to facilitate holistic pathways to aspirations of young cadres, that integrate opportunities for education, civic participation, social service, skilling and employment.
In the spirit of the national partnership, NCC Directorate, North Eastern Region and UNICEF are committing to develop the potential of NCC cadets in the age bracket of 13 to 24 years by facilitating their meaningful engagement and participation in social, cultural, civic and economic initiatives.
NCC and UNICEF in the North East have agreed to pursue a project titled “YuWaah for Change” that will support efforts in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura, with the aim to: Facilitate 1 million young people in the North East as change makers and create spaces for developing their leadership.
UNICEF and NCC will work on an annual Plan of Action, which will be developed
each year for implementation during the following year. The Plan of Action will address national initiatives and include local collaborations. It is understood that the agreed upon Plan of Action will be amended to incorporate additional local collaborations.
UNICEF will provide technical support in the form of resource persons, presentations, newsletters, videos /films etc. and will identify external platforms for participation by young people at the state and national levels.
Brigadier RS Sethi, Group Cdr NCC Group Imphal expressed his satisfaction at this development and remarked that this event shall result in a paradigm shift in the development of youth of the state of Manipur.

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