Youth Speak Forum to focus on SDGs

Published On: May 4, 2016 11:24 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, May 3: World leaders, at the United Nations Sustainable Summit held in September 2015, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. With the aim to raise awareness about the SDGs among Nepali Youth, AIESEC Kathmandu, is holding Youth Speak Forum (YSF) at the Trade Tower in Thapathali on May 21.

Sangita Tiwari of the organizing committee said, "While most young people seem to have an opinion on issues like these, they don't have a suitable platform to discuss it in a constructive manner. This forum will not only help them voice their challenges and share ideas to make their communities a better place to live in, but will also help them connect with likeminded people." She further added that the forum aims to create an environment where people from diverse backgrounds can generate ideas, share insights and gain new perspectives to create actionable outcomes to push the world forward.
YSF, which is being held in Nepal for the second time, will revolve around the theme of SDGs this year, with particular focus on no poverty, gender equality, and quality education. A press release states that YSF enables young people to voice their opinions and take action through workshops, group discussions, ideas sharing and practical learning along with fun and entertaining roll calls.

Key speakers at the forum this year include Takehiko Nakao, president of Asian Development Bank; Anuradha Koirala, president of Maiti Nepal, and a representative of United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat). There will also be the presence of various experts from different organizations, celebrities and other national and international delegates.

Youth Speak Forum is a global youth movement powered by AIESEC, a non-governmental not-for-profit organization that provides young people with leadership development and cross-cultural global internship and volunteer exchange experiences across the globe. For further details and to pre-order participation tickets, visit


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