The National Youth Summit is the series introduce by the Center for Sustainability Research and Practice(CSRP) with the aim of bringing together policy makers, young people and relevant stakeholders to consider and discuss the role of young people in decision making and policy implementation with special focus on youth policy development before the next elections. The summit will bring together young people from all parts of Pakistan together. The main objective of the summits is to provide the young people with a platform where they discuss the role of young people in policy making alongside the policy makers. The summit will also provide young people with the opportunity to inform and influence policy makers on the issues that are impacting their lives. The summit will be an annual gathering with equal representation of both males and females including the ethnic minorities.
1st International Youth Summit Lahore
‘’The Role of Youth in achieving Peace, Education and Sustainable Development’’
17 Sustainable development goals (SDGs) were drafted and agreed by the world leaders at the UN Summit in 2015 as a follow-up of the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the goal to mobilize stakeholders in tackling global problems and creating a sustainable future for all. One of the main differences between the new SDGs and the previous MDGs is that they pay special attention to the call for global partnership in achieving all the goals with the belief that only joint efforts of governments, business and civil sector can bring a sustainable change.
The SDGs have embraced a corner principle of Global Diplomacy that states that any effort needs to be multi-level oriented and heterogeneously participated. No matter, if we talk about peace, education or sustainable development of our communities, cross-sectoral, cross-country cooperation is essential if we want to achieve long lasting results for present and future youth generation to live in a better, more peaceful and sustainable world.
During the Summit we will look into the ways to strengthen cooperation and joint efforts to co-create sustainable development in the areas of education and peace.
The greatest challenge for our generation is to make the transition from the brown, fossil-fuelled economy that built and powered the 20th Century industrial civilization – to a green, renewable and sustainable economy which the world will require as fossil fuels will run out (according to some scientific predictions) towards the end of the 21st century. It is not just fossil fuels that are running out: the world is approaching ‘peak in everything and everywhere’ – and it is today’s youth generation who are, willingly or not, going to have to address that challenge. In fact, we might be one of the last generations who still have the time to bring a sustainable change to the world. No more time for excuses. We have to do it! And to do it right!
Learning to live in a sustainable way within the resource constraints of a small, fragile and finite, but beautiful planet – it is a challenge which our and future generations will have to solve. Despite all these herculean challenges, we want to envision the future with shinning optimism; we want to find creative and innovative solutions for the problems we are facing today and we want to work together on designing solutions to solve the challenges we are facing.
During the Summit we will explore the idea of sustainability from different perspectives. We will look at the environmental, social and economic sustainability. We will discuss relevant issues as eco-citizen, eco-responsibility on individual, community, national and international levels, resource sharing and sustainable leadership. We will look into action plans related to the sustainable education and peace and stability in our communities. We will work and co-create and design actions for a more sustainable world.
During the summit you will experience the Music of Pakistan, Cultural Shows, Sufi Music at the Shrine of the Famous Sufi Poet Baba Bulleh Shah in Kasur, Camping in Changa Manga which is one of the largest planted jungle and much more to see in the city of Lahore which is the cultural hub of Pakistan.
Where the famous Lahore Fort will remind you of the ruling Mughals, their grandeur, their dynasty and a little further, the Minar e Pakistan will commemorate the ultimate struggle of Muslims of the sub-continent for creation of Pakistan. Lahore has been mostly famous for its food but it’s the overall vibrancein the city that enamors. In politics we see how it holds utmostsignificance and dictates a narrative across the nation.
- Youth Talks
We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.
Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor. .