University of Education held a seminar on “Engaging Youth

LAHORE: 30 March: A national level organisation, working on youth development, in collaboration with University of Education (UE), Lahore and Oxfam Pakistan held a seminar on “Engaging Youth for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. The seminar was organised to provide orientation and awareness to youths about the SDGs specifically in the context of Pakistan. The topics that were brought into discussion were mainly three SDGs, which were SDG-5 (Gender Equality), SDG-8 (Sustained, Inclusive and Sustainable Growth) and SDG-16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) respectively. University of Education VC Dr Rauf-i-Azam gave his welcome note and spoke about the concept of sustainability and asked students to be critical thinkers. Ms Saima Jasam said SDGs are a universal set of 17 goals with 169 targets, which all UN member states, including Pakistan, are expected to use in framing their national development agendas. In Pakistan, the federal ministry of planning, development and reform and the Planning and Development Department in Punjab have established special units to align national and provincial development processes with the SDGs supported by task forces formed by parliamentarians. Dr Muhammad Naeem said that employment is the engine of economic growth and poverty eradication. Poverty eradication is only possible through stable and well-paid jobs. Nearly 2.2 billion people live below the 2US dollar poverty line, he added. Ali Zafar said that SDGs Support Unit established within P&D Department has been established and is working till the level of districts in Punjab. Dr Nauman Ali Chaudhry discussed mental health issues and stress factors upon students that impact badly on their academic performance. Ms Tehmina Habib shared about the progress of development work done by the youth affairs department under the framework of the Punjab Youth Policy 2012.The news.

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