The United Nations Information Centre in Pakistan has released its May-June 2014 newsletter. Focusing on young Pakistani people, the issue also covers the recent three day visit to the country undertaken by the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi.
With a view to strengthening the UN programmes on youth, Alhendawi visited Pakistan 16-18 June 2014. Whilst in Islamabad, Alhendawi met with the UN Country Team, government officials and donors. He urged the donor community to partner with UNFPA in the country and the Government of Pakistan in finalizing a policy framework and provincial work plans for youth development.
In Islamabad, he attended the UN Youth Forum, where he interacted with a diverse gathering of more than 200 youth participants from all parts of the country. Several thematic issues were discussed, including education for youth development, sexual and reproductive health issues, and youth participation in policy making and peace building processes.
During his visit to Punjab on the last leg of his trip, the Envoy met with the Provincial Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, among others. He praised the Government of Punjab on its youth reforms efforts and also appreciated the role of the Government of Punjab in trying to reduce the number of child marriages.
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