Young Leaders Forum 2021 Concluded – Pakistani Speaker Sheds Light on UNO SDGs


By Trend

Nizami Ganjavi International Center held a Young Leaders Forum 2021, from 7 to 10 Sep 2021, Trend reports.

The Forum is a unique gathering of about 20 to 30 diverse leading young leaders from the world’s top scholarship programs and leading industries who have tremendous potential to make positive impacts in the world. The program invited two to three representatives from some of the world’s most competitive and selective scholarships, as well as successful young professionals and entrepreneurs.

On 7 September 2021, speaker list included Moderator Kateryna Yushchenko, First Lady of Ukraine 2005-2010, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Co-Chair NGIC, President of Latvia 1999-2007, Ismail Serageldin, Co-Chair NGIC, Vice-President of the World Bank 1992-2000, Sevil Mikayilova, Member of Parliament.

The topic of today’s discussion was ‘Leadership: values, principles, challenges, and lessons learned’

The Global Young Leaders Forum aims to bring together some of the world’s emerging leaders to discuss pressing global issues. The Forum also included prominent speakers such as Jeffrey Sachs, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of UN on SDG; Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria 2012-2017; Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius 2015- 2018; Maria Fernanda Espinosa, 73rd President of the UN General Assembly and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador.

Engr. Qaiser Nawab,from Pakistan, a UN SDGs Expert spoke on the “United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Significance Role of Youth” at the 3rd day of Forum .

The other speakers of the session were Ms. Kateryna Yushchenko, First Lady of Ukraine 2005-2010 who spoke on “Supporting Liberal Democracy and Human Rights in a World Becoming Ever Less Committed to Freedom”, Ms. Tzipi Livni, Former Foreign Minister and Vice Prime Minister of Israel and Mr. Chiril Gaburici, Former Prime Minister of Moldova who also spoke on Sustainable Development Goals.

Engr. Qaiser Nawab, appreciated the fellow young leaders saying “they’re such an exciting group of people and I know the Speakers, organizers and I myself have been really inspired listening to their speeches and stories, and I can’t wait to collaborate post forum with them in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals”.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a global agenda for “transforming our world.” In order to achieve this it is vital that youth are included in this process. In previous decades youth involvement may have been thought of as ‘light touch’ or seen as organisations paying lip service to the idea without truly committing to it.

Now however there are significant moves towards valuing the youth voice and working towards inclusive conversations with the understanding that governments and organisations that collaborate with young people will be more successful in meeting targets set out as part of the 17 SDGs. He Spoke

COVID19 has been a striking set back to our collective goals, on education alone 20 million more girls will never be able to go back to their classroom, after this crises end global education funding gap is already increased to 200 billion dollars per year. The pandemic is a setback but it cannot be an excuse. Our goal should not be to return to the waitings world, we need a profound commitment with the way the world should be a better place to live! He Stressed

Mr. Nawab said that I truly believe that “…the overall success of the SDGs depends on youth engagement because young people are:

1. Critical thinkers:

Part of being young involves making sense of personal experiences and asking questions about the world around you. Youth have the capacity to identify and challenge existing power structures and barriers to change, and to expose contradictions and biases

2. Change-makers:

Young people also have the power to act and mobilise others. Youth activism is on the rise the world over, bolstered by broader connectivity and access to social media.

3. Innovators:

In addition to bringing fresh perspectives, young people often have direct knowledge of and insights into issues that are not accessible to adults. Youth best understand the problems they face and can offer new ideas and alternative solutions.

4. Communicators:

Outside the international development sector, too few people are aware that world leaders have come to a historic, far-reaching agreement to eradicate poverty by 2030. Young people can be partners in communicating the agenda to their peers and communities at the local level, as well as across countries and regions.

5. Leaders:

When young people are empowered with the knowledge of their rights and supported to develop leadership skills, they can drive change in their communities and countries. Youth-led organisations and networks in particular should be supported and strengthened, because they contribute to the development of civic and leadership skills among young people, especially marginalised youth.

Sustainable development is a very brilliant idea for the preservation of the planet and making it an inclusive living place for all. Prosperity, peace and partnership are the fancy slogans which inspired me as a global citizen. In 2015 when SDGs came, I traveled to different parts of the world and saw the beauty and landscape of nature. Being a youth Activist, it seems awkward when I see waste and garbage all around us in big cities and now even in small villages. Our water, air and land are being polluted due to corporatization and Industrialization. Carbon emission is a big threat to our natural environment and habitat. Mr Nawab said

Traveling from Europe to America, from Australia to Asia and Africa, you can see how our earth is facing climate related challenges. This world is becoming more dangerous to all living creatures and we are the killer of our mother nature only for our market and corporate interests. Remember if there is no life on earth, then what will be the value of your capital and money. So I appeal to all to join hands and protect nature and work for inclusive sustainable development but in my appeal the big challenge is to establish harmony between corporatization and sustainable development but how can we do this? This is my question to all humanity!! He ended with this question to all!

The forum was concluded on 10 Sep 2021.


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