Islamabad: Speaking at the Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations Headquarters on Monday on the theme “Youth Participation in the Democratic Process – Challenges and Opportunities”, Chairman Senate of Pakistan, Mr Farooq H. Naek said Youth are the intellectual capital of the world and hold the reigns of future as prospective leaders, planners and policy makers.
“Youth always holds the key for change and a better future for nations of the world. Neglecting the need to cast youth of today into industrious citizens of tomorrow may be a grave misfortune of a nation and unredeemable mistake”, he said, says a press release received here today from New York Mr. Naek said, participation of youth in decision-making is the key to better decisions, actions and outcomes.
Their actions can inspire other to get engaged in the noble task of reshaping the world on the cherished ideals of peace, multilateralism, mutual respect, understanding and cooperation. Political and democratic participation of youth, he added is a prerequisite for successful democratic societies, and is imperative in enhancing political accountability and achieving a world of peace and prosperity.
The Chairman said Pakistan is conscious of the fact that youth are important segment of society and their involvement in decision-making process is crucial in improving their socio-economic environment and also contributes towards country’s development and progress.
He said Pakistan is committed to have these characteristics among its youths by inculcating ideas of peace, tolerance and solidarity to contribute to world peace, progress and development. In this regard, he added conscious efforts are underway to increase and diversify avenues for youth participation to discuss national issues, engage with national leaders and participate in discussion on what is important for Pakistan.
Mr. Naek said that despite proven potential and abilities to be the agents of change and development, youth participation in the democratic and political process is fraught with challenges. He mentioned that the present people’s government and parliament in Pakistan are pursuing a vision of encouraging young people by instilling patriotism, promoting democratic engagement and broadening perspectives through political education, interaction, exchange, mobility and communication.
Youth is high on the agenda of both the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the United Nations. In 2010, the IPU passed a resolution on youth participation in the democratic process. The 2011 United Nations High-Level Meeting illustrated both opportunities and challenges of the changing global demographics.
Almost half of the world’s population is under 25 years old, with majority of the young people concentrated in developing countries. Young People are an important human resource for political, social, economic, and technological development.
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