Asad Umar, Federal Minister for Planning and Development, Reforms, and Special Initiatives, reaffirmed the PTI government’s commitment to making Pakistan green and clean, saying that the Green Youth Movement (GYM) would play a major role in mitigating the effects of climate change on the environment.
The minister made these remarks at the Convention Centre in Islamabad, where he was inaugurating the Green Youth Movement as part of the Prime Minister’s Kamyab Jawan Programme.
Zartaj Gul, Minister of State for Climate Change, Usman Dar, Country Director British Council Pakistan Amir Ramzan, Shaista Sohail, Chairperson Higher Education Commission, and a large number of youth and students from various universities, as well as stakeholders in the education sector, attended the ceremony.
According to Federal Minister Asad Umar, Pakistan is facing climate change challenges because it is the world’s tenth most affected country, bearing the brunt of climate change. He did, however, state that new dams are being built and will be completed within the next five to seven years.
Explaining the Green Youth Movement, the minister stated that it will be a turning point in engaging youth, enhancing their capacity building and skills, and approaching Pakistan’s growth.
Zartaj Gul, Minister of State for Climate Change, stated that the Kamyab Jawan Program has helped the youth make better decisions. These programs are based on the prime minister’s vision of producing a skilled young generation to ensure the country’s betterment and prosperity.
Shaista Sohail, Chairperson of the Higher Education Commission, stated that the Green Youth Movement initiative, in collaboration with the British Council and the School of Leadership Foundation (SoLF), will involve 137 universities and 2.5 million youth. According to her, this initiative will result in the creation of more than 65,000 jobs.
The GYM is part of the Prime Minister’s Kamyab Jawan Programme, which includes a number of initiatives aimed at making the country’s youth a valuable tool for progress. Loan Scheme, Skill Scholarship, National Youth Council, Green Youth Movement, Kamyab Jawan Markaz, Kamyab Jawan Innovation League, and Tigers Force are some of the other initiatives of the PM’s Kamyab Jawan Programme (the volunteers).
The GYM initiative is supported by the British Council’s new youth leadership program, “Pakistan Youth Leadership Initiative,” which provides technical assistance through training, digital engagement, and international linkages. The School of Leadership Foundation (SoLF) is assisting the British Council in mobilizing youth and establishing GYM clubs at 137 public sector universities through Green Elections.
The British Council will contribute 2.8 million pounds to the Green Youth Movement initiative, while the Pakistani government has already contributed Rs. 238 million to this much-needed initiative.