Global Thought Leader Dr. Modi has championed several social causes that affect global citizens through his not for profit, the Global Citizen Forum. As Founder-Chairman of the Global Citizen Forum, Dr. Modi has been a keen proponent of youth affairs and development. He believes that younger generations, raised in a world of open communication and standardised technology, hold the key to building a common global identity.
As a pioneer of causes pertaining to the betterment of global youth, Global Thought Leader Dr. Modi has raised certain critical issues that affect young people in different countries. Through the Global Citizen Forum, Dr. Modi has sought to create opportunities for career growth and social reforms across the globe. In 2013, Dr. Modi, at a Global Citizen Forum conference in Shenzhen, China argued for removing any restrictions to the freedom of mobility for youth living in Hong Kong and mainland China. Enabling young people to travel easily across the region would be critical to the personal and professional development of young Chinese people and the cities they choose to work in. Similarly, at a Global Citizen Forum conference in London in 2013, Global Thought Leader Dr. Modi also argued for more emigration from and immigration to the United Kingdom in the pursuit of better economic growth and opportunities.
In 2013, Global Thought Leader Dr. Modi, proposed a unique solution to Singapore’s population problem. Singapore, like several other developed cities and nations, faces the threat of an ageing population and declining growth. Concurrently, the tiny island nation also has an urban housing problem, where access to state housing is severely restricted while private real estate prices are at some of the highest rates in the world. Identifying a link between these two issues, Global Thought Leader Dr. Modi, expressed his thoughts with international television network, Bloomberg where he urged the Singaporean government to end the ban on single people owning state-built homes. Dr. Modi argued that the lack of personal space for younger people creates a hindrance to the city-state’s goal of arresting the population decline.
Global Thought Leader Dr. Modi exhorted the Singaporean Government to change its housing policies that only allowed single adults over 35 to purchase an apartment built by the government’s Housing & Development Board. In the interview with Bloomberg, Global Thought Leader Dr. Modi posited that lowering the age from 35 to 25 will enable the youth to access personal living spaces that could encourage healthier interpersonal relationships with more intimacy which could be panacea for Singapore’s population decline. By alleviating some financial burden on Singaporean youth, the government may give them space to explore more opportunities for personal and familial growth.
Recently, in a signal that things are changing, Singapore announced new rules that allow single people over 35, who are first time buyers and earn less than S$5,000 a month to purchase new two-bedroom HDB apartments that are 45 square meters (484 square feet) or smaller.
Global Thought Leader Dr. Modi has always focussed on creating avenues for bolstering employment and education opportunities for the youth. Through the Global Citizen Forum, Dr. Modi has sought to explore and hopefully resolve some of the more complex challenges facing young people. Arguably, we live in an age with the global youth population is peaking – and as custodians of the future of the planet, it is critical that the world works to resolve the problems that can hinder the progress of the younger generations.