Youth Symposium Opens up a National Dialog on the Sustainable Development Goals

Apr 30, 2017

Over 400 young men and women from around the country gathered at a symposium in Kabul last week and proposed some creative ideas on how Afghanistan can achieve Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Youth Thinkers Society organized the event in collaboration with UNDP Afghanistan and the Ministry of Economy.

First Lady Rula Ghani, Minister of Economy Abdul Sattar Murad and UNDP Afghanistan Country Director Douglas Keh spoke at the symposium and encouraged the youth to share their views.

“This is a great platform to discuss our important issues,” said First Lady Rula Ghani. “The implementation of SDGs is one of the solutions for Afghanistan’s issues in the longer term.”

UNDP works closely with Ministry of Economy to oversee SDGs implementation in the country. “It’s a great moment that I see youth take responsibility for their future,” said Minister Murad. “This encourages the government to realize issues people grapple with across the country.”

“We believe this is the beginning of a national discussion,” said Douglas Keh, UNDP Afghanistan Country Director. “We hope more and more young people get together in similar symposiums nationwide and contribute to the implementation of the sustainable development goals.”

Youth Thinkers Society will compile views generated in the three-day symposium and share them with government, development agencies, non-governmental organizations and other relevant entities to use them while designing project for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The event enjoyed a huge coverage in the Afghan media. If you’d like to know more about how the symposium stirred a national discussion on SDGs, please check out the links below.

 

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