Hon. Mr. Daljit BK Shreepali, Minister for Youth and Sports, participated in the ministerial roundtable of the 2017 Youth Forum of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) entitled “the role of youth in poverty eradication and promoting prosperity” in New York today. Responding to “what measures has Nepal taken to bring sustainable development to young population?”, a question asked by the moderator of the roundtable, the Hon. Minister said that the Government of Nepal was integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into various youth development programmes. He highlighted some programmes such as ‘youth skill and leadership development training’ ‘youth communication’ and ‘rural youth entrepreneurship’ launched by the Government targeting vulnerable young population, especially young women, to address the problems, such as unemployment, poverty, gender violence, trafficking of girls and domestic violence.
Earlier today, the Hon.Youth and Sports Minister attended the Opening session of the 2017 Youth Forum. The session featured the speeches by HE Mr. Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, President of ECOSOC; HE Mr. Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General through a video message; HE Mr. Peter Thomson, President of General Assembly; and Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, Envoy of the Secretary-General on Youth. Similarly, His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Representative of the His Majesty the King of Bahrain; and Ms. Trisha Shetty, a member of the UN Young Leaders delivered keynote speeches. The speakers highlighted various issues affecting the youth population all over the world including ending poverty and inequality as well as promoting youth entrepreneurship and employment, and underlined the importance of effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to materialize the ambition of ‘leaving no one behind’.
In addition to the roundtables, there are six different breakout sessions organized under different themes featuring youth and ending poverty; hunger and achieving food safety; healthy lives and promoting wellbeing; gender equality and empowering of women and girls; resilient infrastructure and fostering innovation; and conservation and using oceans and seas sustainably. The overall theme of this year’s Youth Forum is “The Role of youth in poverty eradication and promoting prosperity in a changing world”.
Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations
30 January 2017