First SAARC Youth Parliamentarians Conference begins in Islamabad

Posted on:17 Aug 2016 18:14:56
First SAARC Youth Parliamentarians Conference begins in Islamabad
17 August 2016 Current Affairs: The first South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Youth Parliamentarians Conference on `Peace and Harmony for Development’ was held in Islamabad, Pakistan. 

The two-day (from August 16 to 18, 2016) intends to offer young Parliamentarians’ narrative as a prelude to the 19th SAARC Summit to be hosted by Pakistan in November 2016.

8 parliamentary delegates from 8 SAARC member countries are participating in the conference. Lok Sabha MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo, is leading the three member Indian delegation. 

The conference was hosted by the Pakistan National Assembly and was inaugurated by National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq. 

The goal of the conference is to build bridges between the future leaders of South Asia on a platform that supports continued engagement and cooperation. It is dialogue among Young Parliamentarians of SAARC region to create democratic space to meet expanding expectations of burgeoning youth population in region.

 It seeks to provide an opportunity for the youth and Parliamentarians to apprise respective Government leaders on where the youth of South Asia stands on a vision for the region ahead of the High Level Summit. 

Besides, it also seeks to set the foundation of strong inter-parliamentary linkages between parliamentarians from across South Asia. The linkages will be to setup a network that can nurture regional interaction, support democratic norms and build a coalition for sustained dialogue and peaceful cooperation.

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