Govt to collaborate with UNDP to scale up youth empowerment initiatives: PM Imran

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Staff Report

Islamabad

Prime Minister Imran Khan in a meeting with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Muhammad Usman Dar and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Pakistan Mr Ignacio Artaza said government will play a leading role in mainstreaming marginalized youth by scaling up youth empowerment initiatives of UNDP,” said

Prime Minister was briefed on UNDP’s Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP), which, in collaboration with Prime Minister’s Youth Program, aims to support youth engagement and empowerment initiatives across Pakistan over a period of five. Muhammad Usman Dar informed the Prime Minister of his Office’s joint efforts with UNDP to engage youth groups and stakeholders on the government’s upcoming youth initiatives, such as; • the first-ever National Youth Conference, • National Youth Development Index, and • National Youth Development Programme.

He appreciated UNDP’s technical and resource assistance for the Government’s efforts to design the National Youth Development Programme that will serve as an umbrella platform for all youth-focused initiatives of the Government. Dar has recently joined as co-chair of the UNDP Youth Empowerment Programme’s Steering Committee.

He expressed hope that our institutional partnership would serve to align our shared objectives for Pakistani youth’s meaningful engagement, quality education and gainful employment. Youth Empowerment Programme aims to promote youth empowerment by reducing young women and men’s vulnerability and exclusion through a three-pronged approach: 1) Jobs/Economic Empowerment, 2) Social Engagement, and 3) Education/Skills Development. YEP aims to empower 200,000 marginalized and excluded youth (50% women) across the country.

Dar also briefed the Prime Minister about “Taleemi Razakar” Program and efforts to integrate madrassah students into mainstream by providing them greater opportunities. The Prime Minister appreciated UNDP for its continued commitment and engagement with the Government of Pakistan for education, employment and skills development of the youth of the country.