Kathmandu, October 10, 2017: Asia-Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance (APPDSA), an initiation to enhance knowledge and strategies with regard to youth participation in sustainable development goals has concluded. The event took place on 7 October 2017 in World Trade Center, Kathmandu. In the program, more than 150 individuals (presenter and participants) representing various organizations had participated.
The discussions on various issues that guarantee sustainable development goals such as quality education, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, peace justice and strong institution and partnership for goals were carried out in the program.
Mr. Ram Rohan Pant, Chairman of Global Peace Foundation Nepal, welcomed everyone and formally started Leadership Workshop and Youth Forum on SDGs-2017. The special remark’ was presented by Mr. Nikesh Balami, Civil Entrepreneur of Code for Nepal, Mr. Ram Prasad Thapaliya, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Youth and Sports and Bhawana Bhatta, Executive Board Member of National Youth Council. Similarly, the keynote address was made by Prof. Dr. Jibaraj Pokharel, Vice Chancellor, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).
The sessions of the program: Global Leadership Workshop, Panel Discussion, and Idea Pitching Session equipped the youth to transition their learning along with enhancement of individual leadership capacity to group/team innovation capacity and further extending it into open innovation environments. Also, the interested participants will be getting a chance to develop their idea into a proposal under GPF’s mentorship. It was stated that the best proposal would be granted $500 as seed money for their project at the end of December.
‘Asia-Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance (APPDSA) is the outcome of initiation of the forum of 300 young leaders of Asia and the Pacific-and other participants at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok on 28 October 2014, including representatives of national and the private sector for lively debates and discussion on many challenges in clusters concerning the environment, health service, disaster, culture of peace and youth entrepreneurship. This forum is expected to develop the Moral and Innovative Leadership amongst the participants empowering them to take ownership and leadership in Sustainable Development Goals.