Quetta – International Youth Day was celebrated in a program organized by The Department of Environment, Sports and Youth, Bargad and UNFPA in Quetta Press club, on Saturday.
Around 300 youth from various cities, colleges and universities of Balochistan actively participated in the celebrations. The 300 youth came from various districts of the province: Quetta, Chaghi, Ziarat, Qilla Saifullah, Dalbandin, Jacobbabad, Loralai- Sibi, Chaman, Khuzdar, Panjgoor, and Kalat- Pishin.
The theme of the International Youth Day was “Youth Civic Engagement”.
The Minister Sports, Youth, Culture and Population Welfare, Mr. Mir Mujeeb Ur Rehman, highly appreciated the participation of youth at the occasion of International Youth Day.
Dr. Kaiser Bengali, Head Chief Minister’s Policy Reforms Unit, Government of Balochistan addressed the youth and encouraged them to read and research.
Dr. Ishaque Baloch, Chief Coordinator, Chief Minister’s Policy Reform Unit, Government of Balochistan said that Chief Minister of Balochistan stressed upon the importance for a policy for the youth to guarantee their rights and streamline an avenue for development.
Secretary Environment, Sports and Youth Balochistan, Dr. Shoaib Ahmed Gola highlighted the importance of Youth Civic Engagement and their participation in the policy processes.
Sabiha Shaheen, Executive Director of Bargad, expressed her great appreciation for the role of Balochistan government in drafting the Balochistan Youth Policy that will result in creating innumerable opportunities for the youth.
On behalf of UNFPA, Ms. Sarah Masale, Deputy Representative shared UNFPA’s approach to youth empowerment. She commended the Government of Balochistan for drafting the Youth Policy and stressed the need for the Policy to be evidence-based.
On behalf of UNFPA, Ms. Sadia Atta Mehmood, Programme Technical Analyst shared UNFPA agenda for youth engagement and its support in preparing provincial youth policies across regions with the participation of youth.
Published in The Balochistan Point on August 8, 2015