Federal Minister for Interior and Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Prof. Dr. Ahsan Iqbal officiated as chief guest at the Young Peace Development and Corps (YPDC) UOL Chapter’s SDG 16 workshop held on May 4, 2018 at UOL. While addressing the youth at the event, the minister congratulated the University for providing space to the youth to express themselves and explore their potential. “I am happy that this university is supporting youth programmes. Our government is also championing the youth efforts through programmes like YPDC. This initiative is engaging youth in peace and development process of our nation.” He said.
The minister who was accompanied by dignitaries from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Accountability Lab further termed youth as the key stakeholder in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and urged them to actively play their role in the process of national development and prosperity. “The youth have many ideas that could help achieve the development goals of Pakistan and make the country more prosperous and secure.” He added.
SDG16 seeks to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. In Pakistan, the upcoming national elections, ongoing insecurity and high-profile accountability challenges make SDG16 particularly central to achieving the SDGs by 2030.
YPDC UOL Chapter President Mr. Muhammad Ali Amjad also made the opening remarks in which he reiterated the role of youth and students in particular in promoting peace, development and accountability. UNDP officials also sensitized the workshop attendees on SDG 16. UOL Rector Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran and Director Office of Student Affairs Madam Ammara Awais represented the University senior management at the event.