A three-member Parliamentary delegation attended the first SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference (YPC) on `Peace and Harmony for Development’ which held from August 16 to 18 in Islamabad, Pakisthan.
About SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference :
The first SAARC Young Parliamentarians’ Conference is scheduled from August 16 to 18 in Isalamabad. It will be attended by no less than 50 Members of Parliament from Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri lanka.
- The Conference is an initiative by Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, which will offer region’s young parliamentarians’ narrative as a prelude to the 19th SAARC Summit that Pakistan is going to host in November this year.
- MNA Malik Uzair Khan, one of the youngest Members of the National Assembly of Pakistan, has worked tirelessly as the Conference’s convener to plan the important conference that will offer Young Parliamentarians an opportunity to deliberate their perspectives regarding regional peace and harmony. It will be attended by the 50 Parliamentary delegates from the SAARC member Countries and six (06) international Experts would be participating as well.
- SAARC Secretary General, Mr. Arjun Bahadur Thapa will be attending the conference as well as 25 young MPs from across all parliamentary parties from Pakistan.
- This YPC looks forward to welcoming young and dynamic leaders across the region to contribute through their idealism and optimism and lit a blissful tone ahead of the High Level Governmental SAARC Summit in November, 2016.
- The 1st SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference (SYPC 2016), is being hosted by National Assembly of Pakistan and supported by the Improving Parliamentary Performance IP3 European Union Project and country’s exclusive research and training institute for parliamentarians, Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS).
- It will highlight voices of the youth, future of South Asia, on what matters to them. It will also set the foundation of strong inter-parliamentary linkages between parliamentarians from across South Asia to setup a network that can develop into a continued platform, nurture regional interaction, support democratic norms and build a coalition for sustained dialogue and peaceful cooperation.
- With sub-themes such as peace and development, human rights, sustainable development, regional trade, cultural diplomacy, youth issues and social inclusion, the SYPC 2016 will be a watershed in engaging young Members of Parliament to share knowledge and formulate action plans to unveil a future vision of emancipation of each member of their young population.
India @ YPC :
- Lok Sabha Secretariat addressed that the parliamentarians went to Pakistan days after the India-Pakistan showdown in Islamabad at the 7th SAARC Interior and Home Ministers’ conference.
- The YPC intends to offer young parliamentarians’ narrative as a prelude to the 19th SAARC summit that Pakistan will be hosting in November.
- It is noted that India was resented by delegation of four, Afghanistan by four, Nepal by four, Bhutan by five, Sri Lanka by six & Maldives by four parliamentary delegates.