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November 18, 2016

Participants from 83 countries to attend first-ever ‘World Youth Summit for Peace’


November 18, 2016

The International Human Rights Commission’s (IHRC) first ever five-day ‘World Youth Summit for Peace’, to be held in Pakistan next month, will be attended by participants from 83 countries. Dignitaries from different countries are also expected to attend the conference which aims at providing a platform to the youth to play their role in world peace, harmony and upholding human rights.

The event, being organised by the IHRC in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth, Government of Punjab, will be held from December 8 to 12 in the Jinnah Convention Centre, Islamabad. The summit also aims at identifying the importance and role of youth in the world peace and progress.

This announcement was made by IHRC Chairman Dr Muhammad Shahid Amin Khan during a press conference held on Thursday at the Karachi Press Club. He said that over the past decade, there had been a growing recognition of the youth's participation in economic, social and political processes. Governments, international agencies, civil society and private sector organisations across the world had realised that young people were powerful agents of change who, if supported and empowered, could help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, he added.

“Youth all over the world throughout the history has been a revolutionary force. It is a precious asset and magnificence that can revive a nation going through hard times. The youth of a nation can do wonders if trained, educated and guided in an optimum fashion. Literally, it refers to all the human force in a nation lying between the age group of 18 to 35 years. In spite of being tender in age, youth always possesses incredible intellect, physical strength and wisdom because at this age, they are free from many prejudices and myopic thinking,” he explained.

“Pakistan is also passing through challenging times in regard to economic, social and political turmoil. The crime rate and instances of severe human right violation and sufferings of the common man are increasing. We have requested the president of Islamic Republic of Pakistan to inaugurate this mega event along with other heads of state level dignitaries. This event will promote and integrate the skills of Pakistani youth,” he said.


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