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Youth Speak Forum concludes focusing on Sustainable Development Goals

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Kathmandu, May 23, 2016: Youth Speak Forum, a platform for the youths to actively engage them in discussions on various world issues, was successfully organized in the capital last Saturday.

Organized by AIESEC Nepal, the programme was inaugurated by Minister for Peace and Reconstruction, Ek Nath Dhakal with the greetings from Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. The programme saw astonishing keynote speeches by ADB Country Director, Kenichi Yokohama (for No poverty), Asst. Dean, KUSOE, Prof Dr. Bal Chandra Luitel, CEO and Founder of Teach For Nepal, Mr. Shisir Khanal (for Quality Education) and Deputy Country Representative, UNFPA, Ms. Kristine Blokhus (for Gender Equality).

Various special guests, panels and delegates from different sectors along with more than 200 active and passionate youths had gathered at the Auditorium Hall of Hotel Shangri-La to actively interact on the burning issues in the world and the roles that youths need to play to overcome these problems ultimately create a better and livable society.

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Though Youth Speak Forum has already been organized in several locations worldwide, it was for the first time to be conducted in Nepal. Participated by more than 200 active youths, the forum provided them with the platform to engage in a workshop and actively discuss about the role of youths on implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to take action about the results of the survey and facilitate an active space for them to develop a project they want to work on to have an impact on their societies.

Linked to the SDGs that the UN has released and aiming to achieve by the year 2030, the Youth Speak Forum is a unique way to give the youth not only a voice — but also the chance to act. The initiative, Youth for Global Goals, which is powered by AIESEC, aims to achieve the leadership potential of young people around the world by engaging and mobilizing them through purposeful and cross-cultural projects around the globe. All projects are designed to support the implementation of the SDGs.

Talking in the closing of the programme, Sangita Tiwari, an organizer of the event shared that based on the data from the survey in the workshop, a lot of things can be shown to the world about what young Nepali people think and feel.

The programme organized by AIESEC in Nepal was sponsored by World Vision, Teach for Nepal, UNYAP, UNV, ADB, Laxmi Steels, Qatar Airways among others making the event a huge success.

AIESEC, an International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences, is a global youth-run not for profit organization, and is located in 125 countries and counts more than 70,000 members. The vision of the association is the peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential.