UN launches radio series in northern Afghanistan to encourage youth to participate in politics

A radio series launched by United Nations on the theme of ‘youth in politics’ is expected to reach 800,000 Afghans across four northeastern provinces over the next few months.
 
The first episode in the four-part series, designed to encourage young people to participate in politics, was launched on Radio Roshani in Kunduz province.
 
In the first episode, participants – which included a women’s rights activist, a youth leader and a religious scholar – engaged in a lively question-and-answer session.
 
“Youth are the backbone and pride of society,” said panelist and women’s rights activist Saliha Sadee, noting that there are significant challenges young Afghans face in contributing to peace and development.
 
To address those challenges – which include insecurity, unemployment and poverty – religious scholar Mawlawi Sayed Ali Gawhari urged parents and teachers to instruct children about conflict resolution so they can play a more effective role in peace-building.

Global events for this year’s International Youth Day, marked annually on August 12, were designed to raise awareness about youth engagement as key to sustainable development

The four-part series, scheduled for broadcast in other northeastern provinces of Baghlan, Takhar and Badakhshan through the end of August, was produced for International Youth Day 2015/
 
Global events for this year’s International Youth Day, marked annually on August 12, were designed to raise awareness about youth engagement as key to sustainable development.
 
In his message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on young people around the world to speak out, and urged world leaders to listen. 
 
“As the world changes with unprecedented speed, young people are proving to be invaluable partners who can advance meaningful solutions,” he said. “Let us all support young people in creating a future where our planet is protected and all people live in dignity.”
 
To mark the occasion, many functions were held in different parts of the country last week.
 
The biggest ceremony was held at the government media and information center in Kabul, which was attended by senior Afghan government officials and foreign emissaries.
 

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