National Youth Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals

National Youth Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals

National Youth Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals

Kabul, April 21, 2017- The National Youth Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals was organized by the Youth Thinkers Society from 19-21 April 2017 in Kabul, bringing together young leaders from across the country with a view to adopt a youth action agenda which will include youth perspectives and recommendations in support of the implementation of SDGs in Afghanistan.
The symposium was inaugurated by H.E. Rula Ghani, the First Lady; H.E. Abdul Sattar Murad, Minister of Economy and Mr. Douglas Keh, UNDP Country Director in Afghanistan. The 3-day symposium included a number of panel discussions and workshops on SDGs 3, 4, 5, 8, 16 and 17.
In the second panel on April 20, 2016, Mr. Ismail Rahimi, Deputy Minister of Economy; Dr. Sardar Mohammad Rahimi, Deputy Minister of Education; Dr. Najia Tareq, Former Deputy Minister of Public Health; Mr. Fardin Hashimi from the Office of H.E. Chief Executive; Mr. Hassan Soroosh, Acting Director General of Economic Cooperation, MoFA; Mr. Ashraf Haidari, Director General of Policy and Strategy and Mr. Sadiqullah Taherzai, Desk Officer for Sustainable Development at the Economic Cooperation Department, MoFA briefed the participants about SDGs 3, 4, 5, 16 and 17.
Acting Director General Soroosh stressed the importance of Goal 17 and its key elements including finance, technology, capacity building, multi-stakeholder partnerships and trade in the Afghan context. He also highlighted the importance of regional economic cooperation as a cross-cutting issue under SDG 17 and stated that various projects and activities under the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) and the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process can directly or indirectly contribute to the implementation of SDGs in Afghanistan and the region including in areas such as job creation, income generation, trade promotion, social development and confidence building.

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