Biography

Mohamed Husni was sworn into office on 14th of November 2013, officially starting his two-year term as the Vice Chairperson (Inclusion  & Engagement) of first ever 'Commonwealth Youth Council' which serve as the representative voice of 1.2 billion young people in the Commonwealth.

Mohamed Husni was sworn into office on 14th of November 2013, officially starting his two-year term as the Vice Chairperson (Inclusion & Engagement) of the first ever ‘Commonwealth Youth Council’ which serves as the representative voice of 1.2 billion young people in the Commonwealth.

#NoYouthLeftBehind – A Manifesto to enable Working together, Reaching out,

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               Name        : M. H. Mohamed Husni

               Country    : Sri Lanka

Profile:

Husni is one of the true examples of how far concerns for global well-being and regional development can lead a young person. He is a passionate advocate on environment focused activism, youth empowerment and mobilization.

He has been elected as the Vice Chairperson (Inclusion and Engagement) at the first ever Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) in November 2013. The CYC will serve as the representative and the recognized voice of 1.2 billion young people in the Commonwealth which would also provide a framework for youth-led development initiatives in the Commonwealth countries.

He is an Action Partner of Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (OIYP) managed by Oxfam Australia since 2010 and has been involved in OIYP’s projects such as Kaleidoscope 2010 – India and the Oxfam Food Justice Project 2012 – Brazil. Husni is also one of the International Climate Champions of British Council and has been working as a Climate Ambassador to lead spreading awareness about climate change and conservation. In 2011, he was selected as a ‘British Council Global Changemaker’ for his significant track record as a community activist and a volunteer.

In addition, Husni has represented Sri Lanka and the British Council at many high level meetings on Rio+20 & Post 2015 Development Agenda and is working to create a fundamental shift in the attitudes and behaviours of young people by providing opportunities to educate youth on the importance of sustainable development. He was one of the National Delegates of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in 2012; Youth Representative at the Post-2015 High Level Panel (HLP) Round Table discussion at the Royal Society, London with UN Secretary-General’s Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda; as well as the Youth Representative & Panelist at the UNDESA/ILO/UNEP Expert Group Meeting on “Green Growth & Green Jobs for Youth” at the United Nations Asia & Pacific Regional Office (Bangkok) in 2012.

He has initiated and implemented numerous projects and campaigns with high school students, youth organizations and civil society institutions across his native Sri Lanka and in the region, including founding ‘Eco Care Sri Lanka’ in 2006, a voluntary youth movement working on promoting sustainable environmental practices among young adults. He is a Rotaract Past President (Youth body of Rotary International) and the Outreach & Partnerships Coordinator for Rotaract Sri Lanka & Maldives for year 2013/14.

He also serves as the Alternate Global Focal Point for United Nations’ 10 Year Framework of Programmes (10YFYP) on Sustainable Consumption & Productions (SCP) for next two years (2013-15) representing the UN Major Group for Children & Youth (MGCY).

Husni has a very strong grass-root level engagement in his home country Sri Lanka with his direct and continuous involvement in number of initiatives which directly deal with youth and societal issues and it has been an unique strength and one of the main reasons which enabled him to play a role of a globally recognized successful youth advocate at a young age.

The Summary of his current & recent affiliations and work with different organizations… 

  • Trustee/ Vice Chairperson (Inclusion & Engagement), Commonwealth Youth Council
  • Co-chair of International Task Force, Commonwealth Youth Forum 2015 to be held in Malta
  • Action Partner, Sri Lanka (2010-2013) – Oxfam International Youth Partnerships Programme (OIYP) (http://oiyp.oxfam.org.au)
  • Regional Coordinator – Asia  Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN)
  • British Council International Climate Champion 2010/2011  & Climate Ambassador
  • National Delegate of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) 2012 
  • Alternate Global Focal Point of UNCSD Major Group of Children & Youth for 10 Year framework of programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption & Production (SCP)www.unep.org/10yfp

In October 2011, Mohamed Husni has been selected as one of the

‘TOP-10 Young Acheievers 2011’ in Sri Lanka 

under the category of Social Service for his immense contribution to the country as a young leader.

>>> What’s new with him?  (updated Dec, 2012)

  • DECEMBER – Attended the Expert Group Meeting on “Green Growth and Green Jobs for Youth” as a Youth Representative organized by UN-DESA, ESCAP, ILO & UNEP from 12-13 December 2012, at ESCAP headquarters in Bangkok as part of the implementation of the UN system-wide Plan of action of the Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017)
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Community visit to Women’s Self Help Groups (SHG) in India which was an opportunity for me to get first hand experience of local culture, issues and challenges faced by the people in the community and initiatives taken to overcome these challenges.

–       He was also one of the panellists at the ILO Talk show for month of December 2012 on ‘Green Jobs for Youth’ hosted by the ILO in cooperation with Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, Bangkok, Thailand in December 2012. The talk show was organized in the context of the above UN Expert Group Meeting.

  • NOVEMBER – Invited by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to attend & contribute to Rio+20 High Level follow up conference on Future of Sustainable Development in Asia and the role of Sustainable Consumption & Production (SCP)  held in November 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. The high level event was organized by UNEP & Switch-Asia supported by the European Union in order to come up with set of recommendations on how Asia can take a leading role in the Rio+20 adopted 10 Year Framework Program
  • OCTOBER – He was among the very few youth representatives selected from different parts of the world and invited to attend the High Level Round table discussion with UN Secretary-General’s Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda co-chaired by the British Prime Minister, Presidents of Indonesia & Liberia with the participation of Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkul Karman, Unilever CEO Paul Polman and other eminent members of the panel; which was held in November 2012 at the Royal Society, London
  • JULY – Selected as a ‘GEILI Fellow 2012’ and invited to attend GEILI Annual fellowship programme which was held in July in Hong Kong – Global Exchange In Leadership Initiatives (GEILI) is a global platform to empower aspiring global leaders and foster global exchange in culture and volunteerism through an alliance of youth organizations around the world.
  • JUNE – Represented Sri Lanka as a National Delegate at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012
  • JUNE – Selected as one of the 15 Youth Leaders/Action Partners  to attend the special 3 days residential workshop held in Brazil on ‘Food Justice’ organized by the Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (OIYP)/ Oxfam Australia. He was also part of Oxfam International Youth Partnerships Rio+20 Delegation.        

    with the Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Mohamed Younis (Bangladesh)

    with the Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Mohamed Younis (Bangladesh) – UNCSD/Rio+20 in Brazil

  • JUNE – Represented the Official Delegation of British Council (International) for United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)/ Rio+20 held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • MAY –  As per the invitation extended by the Dundee University Student Association, attended as a Guest Speaker and Discussion Leader at the “Discover to Inspire: Youth Actions on the Millennium Development Goals Conference” held in Dundee University, Scotland from 18-21 May 2012. The event was endorsed and supported by the European Commission, Youth in Action and British Council. Husni attended this conference representing British Council and delivered 2 lectures and 1 – interactive discussion session at the Dundee University, Scotland.
  • APRIL – Attended the Stockholm+40 – Partnership Forum for Sustainable Development high level meeting held from 23–25 April 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden which was organized to commemorate the 40th anniversary of UN Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm in 1972. The event was hosted by The Swedish Minister for the Environment, Lena Ek and the Swedish Minister for Development Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson (on behalf of the Swedish Government) and he was one of the few invited international youth participants from all over the world.
  • APRIL 17, 2012, he was appointed to the high powered jury for the ‘DATE WITH HISTORY’ international speech contest for the Rio+20 Earth Summit. http://datewithhistory.com/jury     

 The diverse jury of prominent celebrities, environmental activists and thought leaders selected one winner who traveled to Rio de Janeiro to participate in the UN conference and addressed the Heads of State gathered at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in June 2012.

This special Jury also included, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, Linkin Park & famous actor and environmentalist, Leonardo DiCaprio, UN Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth, actor and activist Hayden Panettiere, former Brazilian Environment Minister Marina Silva and few other selected high profile individuals in the world.

  • MARCH – He has been invited as a Guest Speaker at the UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassador Training Workshop which will be held in Hiroshima, Japan from 24-31st March 2012. This programme is jointly organized by UNESCO Bangkok, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Eubios Ethics Institute.
  • FEBRUARY – Attended UNEP Tunza Asia Pacific Regional Conference which was held in Ahmadabad, India from 6-8 February 2012
  • FEBRUARY – Represented Sri Lanka at the Regional workshop on Male declaration on Control & prevention of Air Pollution and its likely Transboundary effects for South Asia held in Centre for Environment Education, Ahmadabad, India.

    

Husni at ILO Green Jobs

Speaking at the ILO Talk show on “Green Growth and Green Jobs for Youth”

ILO Expert Group meeting

At the UN-DESA, ESCAP, ILO & UNEP Expert Group meeting on “Green Growth and Green Jobs for Youth”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Eco Care Sri Lanka’s signature campaign “Green the World Campaign” (launched in 2009), which raises awareness (through seminars & interactive sessions) amongst school communities on the importance of Solid Waste Management, and thereby assist them with the setting up of waste management systems within the school premises.

The campaign also addresses the issue of Climate Change and highlights the close relationship between Solid Waste Management and mitigation of global warming. This campaign also helps school communities to bring waste management into practice, by donating the required colour coded bins and through continuous monitoring of the set-up waste management system. The campaign has reached more than 2000 students and teachers thus far, and is expected to reach more in the future.

As part of the first phase of the campaign, in addition to the activities on awareness raising and setting up of solid waste management systems in schools, the campaign website was launched by the Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Her Excellency Kathy Klugman on the 21st September, 2010 at the British Council Auditorium.

Husni is also one of the International Climate Champions (ICC) of British Council and he works as an ICC Ambassador to lead spreading awareness about climate change and conservation. The British Council’s International Climate Champions program engages young people around the world as communicators who will help to influence and educate their peers and the general public on the urgency of climate change.

He is the Past President of Rotaract Club of Colombo North, R.I. District 3220 – Sri Lanka & served as the District Director – International Services at Rotaract Sri Lanka during Rotary year 201/12 while also being selected as a Delegate/Action Partner, representing Sri Lanka, for the Fourth Sitting of the Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (2010-2013) organized by  Oxfam Australia. This is a global network of 300 youth activists from 100 countries.

In 2011, he became a “Global Changemaker” for his significant track record as a community activist and a volunteer for last 5 years. (Global Changemakers is a vibrant community of young activists, volunteers and social entrepreneurs and the programme is managed by the British Council Switzerland).

  • He is the Co-Creator of ‘YOUTH’ is the word, World Record 2011.  Youth is the word team

Five young, British Council – Global Changemakers, brought 1500 Sri Lankans together, to break a Guinness World Record in celebration of International Youth Day 2011. This has been recorded as the largest Human Mosaic in the world.

They managed to mobilize 1500 youth in Sri Lanka with just 9 days of preparation for the whole idea and recruited and trained 150 volunteers for this event. This event was organized to provide an opportunity for the Sri Lankan youth to demonstrate to the international community the unity and strength that they possess. It also promoted youth social activism and the power of volunteerism.

In terms of professional experience, Husni was working as a National Youth Facilitator tasked to conduct the youth consultations through Nationwide Youth Focus Group Discussions (FGD) in selected  16 districts in the country for the Sri Lanka National Youth Survey II in 2009/2010 which was one of the most comprehensive surveys in terms of coverage and focus on different themes on youth, such as culture, employment, development, politics /governance. This was done as a joint venture between Sri Lanka Youth Parliament, International Alert and Social Policy and Research Centre (SPARC) based at the University of Colombo to facilitate input from Sri Lankan Youth on national issues.

He wants is to become a socially responsible professional and a progressive citizen of Sri Lanka that will enable him to use his educational background, community work experience, management & teamwork skills, and the exposure through volunteer work in communities.

In October 2011, Mohamed Husni has been selected as one of the ‘TOP-10 Young Achievers 2011’ in Sri Lanka under the category of Social Service for his immense contribution to the country as a young leader.

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More about him…

In 2006, Husni was awarded as one of the “Most Outstanding Students of the Year” at National Level at the “Sisu Udana Wishishtayo” Annual Award Ceremony. This selection was made out of approximately 12,000 outstanding students from all parts of Sri Lanka, who have excelled in Extra-Curricular Activities at National & International Levels.

During his schooling days, Husni was well known for his oratorical and creative thinking related skills through which, among others, he won the 1st Place of the All Island Inter-School Senior Essay Competition on “Vision for Future Sri Lanka – Post Tsunami Rebuilding” with a fully-sponsored Educational Tour to the United Kingdom; organized by the Ministry of EducationOpen University of Sri Lanka and Dialog Telekom which saw more than 8000 students competing in 2006. He was Interviewed by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) at their Headquarters at the Bush House in London in 2006 November, during the tour highlighting the contribution he has made as a young student by then.

He has also worked as a Team Leader/Mentor of Marketing Team and the Marketing Assistant Trainer for the Education UK International Career Guidance Exhibition held at the Colombo Hilton organised by British Council in Sri Lanka in 2009 while also assisting British Council in training new student helpers by being as an active part of the workshop conductors committee and by sharing the own experience as a student helper in previous Education UK Exhibitions. Furthermore he has worked as Marketing Assistant for Education UK International Career Guidance Exhibition held at the Colombo Hilton organized by British Council in Sri Lanka in 2008.

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HIS WORK WITH ROTARACT

R.I. District 3220 – Sri Lanka & Maldives

ROTARACT is a worldwide organization made up of hundreds of thousands of innovative, community-minded young professional and student volunteers aged between 18 and 30 years old.     

The Rotaract club of Colombo North was charted in 1992 under the sponsorship of the Rotary club of Colombo North. The club has been revived in year 2010 and he was privileged to lead this group making a new era with the theme of “CONNECTING YOUTH – MAKING A DIFFERENCE” and his vision was to work towards 5 key target areas, as follows;

  1. Creating opportunities for the club members to develop themselves professionally so that they are geared to take up responsibilities and work in a progressive manner
  2. Reaching out to grass-root level communities to spread the message of Rotaract and explore ways in which we could support, serve and work along with the communities as a part of Rotary family
  3. Initiating new pathways of opportunities for young people in general and to enable creating a platform for them to showcase their skills, talents and abilities
  4. Interacting with International Community, especially young people as well as professional networks, to expand international understanding on a larger scale
  5. Identifying commonly agreeable Regional, National and International issues affecting us as young change-makers and address those issues by contributing towards making a positive, equitable, sustainable change in our communities and the world as a whole

2013/14

  • Partnerships & Outreach Coordinator of ROTARACT SRI LANKA & MALDIVES
  • Rotary Coordinator of Rotaract Club of Colombo North, R.I. District 3220 – Sri Lanka

2012/13

  • Rotary Coordinator of Rotaract Club of Colombo North, R.I. District 3220 – Sri Lanka

2011/12

  • Director – International Services of ROTARACT SRI LANKA
  • Member of the Executive Committee & Immediate Past President of Rotaract Club of Colombo North

2010/11

  • President of Rotaract Club of Colombo North, R.I. District 3220 – Sri Lanka.HUSNI ymun 21

–       Won the Most outstanding Club of the year 2010/11 in revived category for the first time in 20 years of Club history.

–       Received the Special Rotary award for “Outstanding Performance” in year 2010/2011 as the revived President of the Rotaract Club of Colombo North

–       Received Rotary International District 3220 citation and the Rotary International President’s citation for year 2010/11

–       Won the Most outstanding Club of the year 2010/11 in revived category for the first time in 20 years of Club history.

–       Received the Special Rotary award for “Outstanding Performance” in year 2010/2011 as the revived President of the Rotaract Club of Colombo North

–       Received R.I. District 3220 citation and the Rotary International President’s citation for year 2010/2011

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During his presidency, Rotaract club of Colombo North signed two twinning agreements with following clubs in order to promote world understanding and increase knowledge between nations.

  1. Rotaract club of Bangalore (Rotary International District 3190)
  2. Rotaract club of Lahore (Rotary International District 3272)
  • The Rotaract club of Bangalore (Rotary International District 3190) won the Best Club Bulletin Award for the YUVA International bulletin which was a joint project of Rotaract Club of Colombo North and Rotaract club of Bangalore
  • The Rotaract club of Lahore (Rotary International District 3272) won the Best International Services Project Award for CHAIN OF PEACE, a multi district joint project with the Rotaract Club of Colombo North and another 6 international clubs.

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