Overview of South Asia
South Asia is home to around one fifth of the world's population, making it both the mostpopulous and densely populated geographical region in the world. South Asian economies haveperformed strongly with GDP growth of 7 per cent (2009-10) despite the impacts of the globaleconomic recession.
South Asia‟s recent growth performance has been spectacular;
it remainsone of the fastest growing economies in the world. But these achievements have created newchallenges like rapidly-increasing wealth is not being shared equitably within countries.Disadvantaged sub-regions with poorly connected infrastructure, trade and politicalarrangements, and vulnerable groups such as women and minority populations, are fallingfurther behind. South Asia has the largest concentration of poor people in the world, the highestrate of child malnutrition and the lowest income per capita. Based on current trends, the regionwill not achieve most of the MDGs. South Asia is also highly vulnerable to the adverse impactsof climate change. This has the potential to undermine water and food security, increase thefrequency and scale of natural disasters, and result in the displacement of vulnerable people.
South Asian Youth Conference 2011
South Asian Youth Conference (SAYC) was held in Bangalore from the 23
May 2011, at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). The Conference washosted by Blue Ribbon Movement-a youth led organization working towards youthempowerment and leadership development in association with Peace Child International,Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Road to Rio and several other leadingorganizations. The seven day conference consisted of plenaries, thematic sessions, workshops,open forums and action projects. Around 70 youth leaders from Afghanistan, Bangladesh,Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka gathered for a common cause, to build
a “Peaceful South Asia”. Reflecting the goals of the UN International Year of Youth, the main
objective of the conference was to seek dialogue and mutual understanding between the youthof South Asia, combat extremism, racial and national hatred, and resolve misunderstandings.