FM underlines need to invest in youth's potential for a prosperous Commonwealth

FM underlines need to invest in youth's potential for a prosperous Commonwealth

London (Agencies): Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani on Tuesday stressed upon creation of an enabling environment for the young people to succeed and said that a path for a more sustainable, peaceful, prosperous and fairer Commonwealth could be achieved by 2030.

In his opening remarks at the 10th Commonwealth Youth Ministerial Meeting Plenary Session as chairperson, the foreign minister said that the meeting was significant as youth ministers have not met since 2017 and so much had happened in the world since that time.

He appreciated the vision of the Commonwealth members leaders in making this the year, a year dedicated to youth-led development.

FM Jilani said that they had recommended the theme ‘Aiming Higher, Delivering More for young people in the Commonwealth’ for the current meeting.

In a press release, Foreign Office Spokesperson quoted the foreign minister as saying that the theme expressed the combined aspiration and commitment of the Commonwealth family to invest in and promote young people’s development, particularly through the creation of opportunities for youth employment and entrepreneurship, recognising that the future success of the Commonwealth rested with the continued commitment and contributions of young people in promoting and sustaining the Commonwealth, and its values and principles as enshrined in Article 13 of the Commonwealth Charter.

Foreign Minister Jilani highlighted that that all Commonwealth member states had taken significant steps to educate and train youth, empower girls and raise awareness about the climate change.

From Pakistan’s perspective, he said the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PYMP) was a flagship program of the government prioritizing youth empowerment.

The foreign minister said that as Commonwealth member states, they would discuss and implement a robust set of polices and programmes which would help them achieve the targets and goals set out in the SDGs.

For this meeting, he said four sub-themes for were identified for consideration including engagement, education, employment and environment.

Creating the conditions for economic empowerment of young people through diverse and inclusive opportunities that aligned with the changing global economy, would assist young people fulfil their talents and abilities, he added.

He further stressed that engagement was the catalyst for building active and responsible citizens.

Encouraging youth participation in decision-making processes and civic activities enhanced their sense of belonging and ownership within society.

“The environment is the legacy we leave for current and future generations. As custodians of the planet, it is our responsibility to address climate change and promote sustainable practices.

Young people are at the forefront of climate activism, demonstrating a profound commitment to environmental preservation,” he added.