Speakers at a panel discussion in the city said beyond family, friend and institutional space, government is playing a proactive role to create safe space for youths.
The government is giving opportunity to raise youth’s voice, self-development and many organizations are also working in this area as well, they said.
They were addressing the panel discussion on “Promoting Volunteerism and Safe Spaces for Youth” at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka on Monday.
In celebration of International Youth Day, the UNIC Dhaka, UNV Bangladesh and VSO Bangladesh with the cooperation of Dhaka University Model United Nations Association (DUMUNA) arranged the event.
Dr Kazi Anowarul Haque, UN Wing Chief and Additional Secretary, Economic Relation Department spoke at the inaugural session of the programme.
Shahed Bin Aziz, Senior Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs also spoke at the event as a special guest.
Kazi Anowarul said that youth have emotions and they have full of energy and we engage them with extra strength to contribute to make a better world.
He mentioned that volunteerism is a social responsibility for the society and community.
Shahed focused on safe spaces for youth for own choice, activities, interest and participating in decision making process.
Aminul Islam Khan, Additional Secretary, Ministry of LGRD & Cooperatives, Prof Dr Delwar Hossain, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, Nishat Majumder, First female winner of Mount Everest, Mohammad Moniruzzaman, National Information Officer of UNIC Dhaka, Tazeen Hossain, Programme Manager-Youth, VSO Bangladesh, Korvi Rakshand, Founder and Chairman, Jaago Foundation and Md Aktar Uddin, National Programme Analyst, UNV Bangladesh were panelists on the occasion.
Aminul Islam Khan said beyond family, friend and institutional space, government is playing a proactive role to create safe space for youth by giving opportunity to raise youth’s voice, self-development.
Citing that volunteerism remains in human mind by nature, he said many organizations are also working in this area as well.
Prof Dr. Delwar Hossain highlighted on two types of spaces – physical and functional, functional space is more important than physical space, he said.
Because functional spaces are knowledge creation, thought, legality, connectivity that could change the society, he said.
Nishat Majumder said, “We all are responsible to reduce the gap between urban and rural young people.”
She said young people addicted with drug for their curiosity, frustration and depression.
The mountaineer said UN has been working to empower the youth by providing right direction.
In 2015, UN Security Council declared a resolution for youth, peace and security to solve youth’s problem, issues and anxieties, she said.
A joint video message of UNSG and UN Youth Envoys was screened before the audiences of the panel discussion moderated by UNV Programme Analyst Md Aktar Uddin.