Observance of United Nations International Youth Day 2020 at COMSATS University Islamabad

Monday, August 17, 2020

COMSATS Headquarters and  COMSATS University Islamabad jointly organized an International Online Seminar on “Youth Engagement for Global Action” while observing the International Youth Day (IYD) 2020 on August 12, 2020 at CUI Islamabad campus. The objective of the seminar was to celebrate our youth and shed light on how to make their engagement more inclusive for the purpose of strengthening their capacity to achieve global action.

Chairman Kashmir Committee & State Minister for SAFRON and Narcotics Mr. Shehryar Khan Afridi was the chief guest of the event. The event was attended by audience from all walks of life including diplomats, parliamentarians, international speakers, COMSATS officials, CUI faculty and enthusiastic students of CUI. More than 100 people joined the event though zoom and other social media.

 In his welcome address the Rector COMSATS University Islamabad, Prof. Muhammad Tabassam Afzal welcomed the honorable guests and speakers and said that youth are the most important partners in our global efforts and there is an urgent need for their input to promote intergenerational understanding in our biosphere. Various expert speakers on global youth engagement joined the event online from Azerbaijan, China and USA. The keynote speaker of the event was Malala’s father Mr. Ziauddin Yousafzai who joined virtually and spoke on the importance of right of safe education and equal opportunities of growth for female youth especially of Pakistan.

State Minister Mr. Shehryar Afridi while addressing the audience appealed to the international bodies to make serious efforts for implementing equality and justice for these are the basic human rights and unless this very thing is addressed we cannot look forward to a hopeful world for our youth.

The Executive Director COMSATS Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi in his remarks thanked the chief guest, MNA Prof. Dr. Ghazala Khalid and the guest speakers for joining and gracing the event with their presence and insightful thoughts to address and mobilize the most powerful segment of the society. He said that our youth has always been in the forefront whenever there has been a time of need and crisis. He said now is the time for our youth to train itself with best IT expansions in order to survive in the Post-COVID World.

A cake cutting ceremony dedicated to IYD was also held afterwards and a group photo marked the end of a successful event.

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