1st IYSL

Our International Summit Series

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.

Activities in the other days of Summit
A view of Lahore City

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.

Lahore is the city of rich culture, of historic buildings, of champions in sports, of sumptuous food, of shrines and temples; the city which was once home to the Sufi saint, Daata Ganj Baksh and till today hosts millions of devotees to his shrine throughout the year. A city that has contributed in any and every way to the many facets that Pakistan is known for.

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.

Food Street Lahore
Where this metropolis is rich with history and culture, it is home to quite a contemporary society as well. A mass transit system that connects major routes through buses and soon trains, a cobweb of flyovers and underpasses. The famous M.M AlamRoad is laced with shopping malls, hotels, cafes, delicatessens and restaurants. This city fulfills inhabitants from every strata of society. It offers amusement parks for children, music concerts and literary festivals for millennials.
  • Networking
  • Youth Talks
  • Activities
some videos and media coverage


Mr. Awais Raoof
Chairman BOG, University of Lahore & CSRP

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.

Jehangir Khanzada
Minister for Youth and Sports Punjab

Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor. .

Mr Shehbaz Sharif
Former Chief Minister of Punjab

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Sana Jamali
Member of Senate of Pakistan

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”

Mushahid Hussain
Member of Senate of Pakistan

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

Shibli Faraz
National assembly secretariat

To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.


Our Team

Naseem Khan Achakzai

Naseem is the Founding Director of Center for Sustainability Research and Practice, UOL and the Founder of the International Youth Summit Series. He holds a Masters degree in Public administration and is also a Commonwealth Scholar for MSc Poverty Reduction at SOAS, University of London.

Elyas Kakar

He started his career with Capital TV as Social Media Executive. Being an effective social media practitioner, Elyas has a service-oriented mindset and has organized several projects for various organizations. He has also conducted various non-profit fundraising projects; he has also worked on cordial ties with political mainstream and members of civil society. Youth empowerment and SDGs are his main area of focus.

Saddam Shah

Studying Defence and Strategic Studies at QAU, Islamabad. He writes in Balochistan Voices and CPSD and a member of National Youth Assembly, Pakistan. Social Activist, Writer and actively participates in youth events. “Contribute through all means of knowledge for the well-being of people around and on the earth”

Ume Kulsoom

Student of MBBS at BMC, Quetta and Graduate of kinnaired College, Lahore. Writer, Public Speaker, Social Activist. The motto of Ume Kulsoom: “The world gives the givers, and takes away from the takers. The sole purpose of my life is to just become a “giver” (inspired by Qaiser Abbas).

Sheeraz Ahmed

He has done B.E Civil Engineering. Recently, he is pursuing career-prep fellowship from Amal Academy. Besides, He participated in an International conference named as International Youth Summit Lahore that was themed as Sustainability, Peace and Education. His area of interests are Role of Pakistani Youth in Governance, Education and Water Crisis. Because of such interests, he works with local organizations and sensitization campaigns. “Young and efficient person believes in working for social, moral and systematic reforms, needed to make the society worth living”