Nepal brings Saarc youths together“Saarc Regional Dialogue on Promoting Youth Participation in the Implementation of SDGs” officially began in the Capital on Thursday. The event
“Saarc Regional Dialogue on Promoting Youth Participation in the Implementation of SDGs” officially began in the Capital on Thursday. The event aims at exploring ways to promote effective youth engagement mechanisms at national and sub-national levels in South Asia.
A total of 19 youths and 13 government representatives from Saarc Member States are participating in the two-day regional dialogue that will make recommendations on future plans and strategies to strengthen youth participation within Saarc countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“We are delighted to host the Saarc Youth Dialogue in Nepal,” said Nepal’s Minister for Youth and Sports Satya Narayan Mandal during his inaugural address. “Youth in the Saarc region have similar problems, opportunities and challenges. Poverty and youth unemployment in particular are noted as significant challenges. These problems can be solved through the development of youth skills, entrepreneurship, leadership, and also by increasing youth participation.”
This is the first ever Saarc-level event hosted by the Government of Nepal in collaboration with Saarc Secretariat that aims at promoting youth participation in the implementation of SDGs that serve as the guiding framework for each country’s development between now and 2030. The event is supported by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).