Islamabad, 5 December 2017 – Ministry of Interior and UNDP jointly organized a high-level panel discussion on “Empowering Youth for a Peaceful, Inclusive and Just Pakistan”. The panel discussion provided a platform to bring together key stakeholders to share field experiences, institutional approaches and lessons learned.
It focused on the adoption of a holistic youth empowerment approach to promoting a just, peaceful and inclusive Pakistan in line with Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, Goal 16 – Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels – and the policy envisaged by the Government of Pakistan in ‘Vision 2025’.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Interior, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal said: “Government of Pakistan envisions youth empowerment as a core component of its development and peace building policies. Multiple initiatives have been undertaken by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform and Ministry of Interior to engage youth and equip them with pertinent skills to deal with contemporary and future challenges. The youth of Pakistan has always rejected FORCES of extremism and hatred and they are the driving force for inclusive Pakistan”.
The participants acknowledged the profound developments in the demographic dynamics of Pakistan, marked by an exponential increase in the population of young people, with around 30% of the youth population aged between 15-29 years. They stressed the importance of reaping benefits of this youth demographic dividend by effectively addressing the need to provide alternative pathways for this dynamic and energetic section of Pakistan’s population. Various approaches and solutions necessary to address the challenges as well as opportunities for Pakistan’s youth were discussed.
UNDP Country Director, Mr. Ignacio Artaza said, “UNDP aims to increase trust between youth and their communities and also to strengthen citizen-state relations by creating pathways for young people to work closely with state institutions and positively influence programmes and policies that have a bearing on their lives and aspirations.”
UNDP will take the discussion forward by continuing to engage the stakeholders and helping this translate into key policies and programmes aimed at youth empowerment and peace building.Contact informationFatimah Inayet, Communications Analyst, +92 51 835 5650 or firstname.lastname@example.org