New York, February 6: Bilal Zubair Khan, an alumnus of US State Department’s Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program represented Pakistan at the Annual Youth Assembly 2014 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. He was part of several panels and discussion events, and spoke at the assembly about entreprenurial startups by women in developing countries.
Bilal had the chance to work briefly along with Matt Bishop (founder igivemore.org) on developing project pitches. He also participated in a policy dialogue with Zeenat Rahman (Secretary Kerry’s Special Adviser on Global Youth Issues and Director of the Office of Global Youth Issues) about the promotion of social entrepreneurship in South East Asia.
Youth delegates from 193 states attended this prestigious event at the United Nations. The focus of this assembly was on bridging the gap between social entrepreneurship and youth employment. The delegates interacted with accomplished entrepreneurs from all around the world. They discussed sustainable means of increasing the employment rates and promoting entrepreneurship in their local regions.
The sessions in the assembly were aimed to address Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) along with the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the role of youth in achieving these goals.
As part of follow up program, Bilal will be working with underprivileged institutions and conducting workshops on social entrepreneurships all over Pakistan.
The Annual Youth assembly is playing an important role in increasing the youth activism by empowering them since 2004. According to Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, the youth must step forward today to put forth their views and opinions at the United Nations.
Bilal Khan is a YES Alumnus, Trainer, and Social Entreprenuer. He tweets at @BilalZKhan.