ABOUT DR. A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM
Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (1931 – 2015) was the eleventh President of India, from 2002 to 2007. He was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Vibhushan and the nation’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.
Born in 1931 at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, Dr. Kalam studied aeronautical engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology. He played a key role in the development of India’s first satellite launch vehicle, the SLV-3, in building and operationalization of India’s strategic missile and the Pokhran Nuclear Test in 1998.
As an elder statesman, he was in the public eye for his role in offering counsel, reaching out to people and building across religious and social divides. Dr. Kalam’s focus was ever on transforming India into a developed nation by 2020 and to this end he continued to travel across the country for his teaching assignment at IITs and IIMs, to address conferences and to meet students and people from all walks of life.
He passed away at one such lecture he had gone to deliver at IIM Shillong on 27th July 2015. His message and influence continue to resonate with the people across the country and in all walks of life.
ABOUT KALAM CENTRE
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre aims to create and implement mission-mode projects along with the mission and vision of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (1931-2015), the 11th President of India. It aims to promote innovations, especially in governance and social enterprises, improve youth participation in national and international development and improve access to education and knowledge in all strata of the society. The Centre stands to take forward the dreams of Dr. Kalam, which he left behind for the nation and world – right upto his very final moment at IIM Shillong.
The Centre organized the International Youth Conclave on Livable Planet as an annual summit with top thinkers from around the world and young selected delegates who discuss and evolve ideas for a sustainable planet. The Centre also conducted India’s first of its kind award on innovations in governance space – under the banner of Dr. Kalam Innovation in Governance Awards or KIGA.
The Centre runs over 100 free libraries in rural and economically deprived urban locations across six states in the nation – catering to the reading needs of children and youth from low income areas. It initiated the Dreamathon campaign to benefit about a million children by giving them mentorship and platform to voice their opinion.
Kalam Centre runs a social media housed network of volunteers across the country – a community of over 4 million followers via its social pages.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (1931-2015), 11th President of India is known by many names – People’s President, Missile Man and Space Scientist. But one identity he chose for himself is that of a teacher. In fact, in his very last moment, on 27th July 2015, in IIM Shillong he was performing the role of a teacher – taking a class on the topic “Creating Livable Planet Earth” amidst a class of about 300 young students.
After the successful organization of the 1st edition of the conclave on 26th and 27th July 2016 in Lucknow, India, the next edition is now coming up.
The 2nd edition of International Youth Conclave on Livable Planet Earth (Y-CLiP) is being organized to take forward the legacy of the last lecture of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. 300 delegates will be selected, all under the age of 35 years from varied disciplines, and each backed by the power of their ideas to create a livable planet earth. Changemakers will be recognized and rewarded across a variety of domains. Y-CLiP will be a horizontal ground for young ideas, young criticism, youth action and leading into a charter for global government to create a livable planet earth.
The 300 delegates shall be identified as Kalam Ambassadors for the second edition of Kalam Livable Planet Earth conclave. The selected Kalam Ambassadors will work post conclave on voluntary basis to promote the missions of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and other nation and planet building actions.
CREATING LIVABLE PLANET EARTH: THE CHALLENGE
Historical evidences point out how civilizations prospered and died with the rivers. There is no denying the fact that water nurtures and prospers life on earth. It covers 70% of our planet, which makes it appear like a naturally abundant resource. However, freshwater (water without substantial salts), which is usable for drinking and irrigation is present in an incredibly small share of the total water on the planet. Only 3% of the world’s total water is usable, moreover, two-thirds of this is tucked away in a frozen state largely in glaciers.
The situation is alarming, each year, about 3 billion people (almost half the population around the world) get affected by water shortage at least once a month.
United Nations acknowledges the importance of reducing the number of people without sustainable access to clean water and sanitation, thus this issue was added into Millennium Development Goals within the United Nations Millennium Declaration which states that by 2015 they resolve to “half the proportion of people who are unable to reach or to afford safe drinking water.” Two million people mostly children, die each year from diarrheal diseases alone (UNICEF) mainly spreading from unclean water consumption.
Back home in India, thanks to the growing population, many of the water systems that keep ecosystems thriving and feed a growing human population are stressed the wetlands have started to disappear, rivers are drying more, so our Subsistence Farming consumes more water because of the inefficiencies.
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