Youths' role lauded
Amjad Hussain B. Sial, Secretary General of SAARC, addressing the opening ceremony of the Asian Youth Assembly-2018, to the theme, “Revitalizing Asian Youth Integration for Climate Change in the era of SDGs,” said that climate change and sustainable development are interlinked. Co-organized by the Global Youth Parliament and the Youth Parliament of Nepal, the Assembly brought together a large number of young participants from Asia to discuss the role of youth in creating awareness about and averting the adverse impacts of Climate Change. The Secretary General said, “Youth constitute a growing proportion of the world's population, with a majority of them living in Asia. The South Asian region as well is experiencing increase in the proportion of youth in the total population. This creates a potential window of opportunity for the youth to shape the destiny of our region for the betterment of our future generations,” he stated. He briefed the Assembly about the initiatives taken by SAARC towards the overall development of youth in the region, with particular reference to the SAARC Social Charter, SAARC Youth Charter and SAARC Youth Awards Scheme.