The University of Lahore (UOL)  Main Campus, between  November 6th and 12th,  2017, in collaboration with Center of  Sustainability Research and Practice  hosted the first International Youth  Summit Lahore (IYSL) that attracted  120 delegates from 60 countries.  The six-day long event, the first of its  kind in the region, focused on peace,  education, and sustainability as  thematic areas envisioned for fostering  change among the youthful society.  While addressing delegates at the  opening of this historical forum, the  UOL Chairman, Board of Governors,  Mr. Awais Raoof said, “Through this  summit we want to tell the world  that we are honest and hardworking  nation.” He observed that the youths of  Pakistan have a great duty to promote  its values that are not brought out  by the global media. “This summit  must be an avenue for the young  minds to collaborate and integrate  ideas that can guarantee peace and  stability in the region.” He added.  The Director of this summit, Mr. Naseem  Achakzai said the youths around the  world needed to be harnessed in order  to attain sustainable development.  “In this summit, we want to awaken,  activate, integrate, and update our  youths about their potentials. We have  brought together the youth of the  world to promote peace and harmony,”  he said. “Our aim is to send out a  message of peace to not only the  youth of our nation but to every young  adult across the globe that Pakistan is  not what the world sees through the  lens of international media.” He added.  The event was also attended by Punjab  Higher Education Minister, Syed Ali  Raza Gillani, University of Lahore  Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr MH Qazi,  District Council Narowal Chairman  and IYSL Patron Ahmad Iqbal,  Massey University New Zealand Public  Relations Head Chris Golloway, and  Peace Child International UK President  David Woolcombe. Other delegates  included world renowned speakers,  expert panelists, opinion makers,  politicians, students, development  professionals and the academia.  After session days, the delegates were  taken to a trip to the walled city of Lahore,  Kasur, Changa Manga and Narowal.

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