UNDP: Pakistan has largest youth population in country’s history

Minister of Interior Ahsan Iqbal launched the Pakistan National Human Development Report. (Photo courtesy: Ahsan Iqbal/Twitter)
Updated 04 May 2018
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UNDP: Pakistan has largest youth population in country’s history

  • NHDR notes that 64 percent of Pakistan’s total population is below the age of 30 while 29 percent is between 15 and 29 years old
  • Pakistan is the “second youngest in South Asian region after Afghanistan.”

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Pakistan launched its National Human Development Report (NHDR) that focuses on youth, primarily because Pakistan currently has the largest generation of young people recorded in its history.

The NHDR report said that 64 percent of the total population is below the age of 30, and 29 percent is between the ages of 15 and 29.

“It is currently one of the youngest countries in the world and the second youngest in the South Asian region after Afghanistan,” the report said.

The report title “Unleashing the potential of a Young Pakistan” was launched in Islamabad on Wednesday. It seeks to understand Pakistan’s human development challenges for the future.

“It focuses on how to improve human development outcomes — by empowering young people, addressing the root causes of the obstacles they face, and by proposing innovative ways to surmount these challenges,” UNDP said in a statement.
 
The report examined three key drivers of youth empowerment: quality education, gainful employment and meaningful engagement.

Written by Dr. Adil Najam, dean at Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and Dr. Faisal Bari, associate professor of economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), the Pakistan NHDR accentuates the critical role played by quality education, steady employment and meaningful engagement.
 
The report uses the Human Development Index (HDI) to measure overall achievement, emphasizing three main aspects in a country’s policy-making: people, opportunities and choices.

Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Interior and Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, who attended the launch of the report, said: “It is essential to include young people at all levels of decision-making, because voice and participation are a key part of the human development approach and important for long term policy-making.”
 
Neil Buhne, the UN resident coordinator, said: “Never have the opportunities for social, economic and political progress been so great. Nor have the challenges facing us ever been more pressing. Being aware of this opportunity, the United Nations in line with the Government of Pakistan’s Vision 2025, has prioritized working with youth as a key pillar of our work across the board.”
 
Dr. Adil Najam, co-lead author of the NHDR, said: “The future of Pakistan — one way or the other — will be determined by those who are between age 15 and 29 today. The single most useful thing that the rest of us can do is to create meaningful opportunities in education, employment and engagement that can empower our young to unleash their potential.”


Australian senator condemned for advocating white-only immigration policy

Updated 16 August 2018
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Australian senator condemned for advocating white-only immigration policy

  • Fraser Anning called for a complete ban on Muslim immigration and linked Muslim communities to terrorism and being on welfare programs
  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten gave passionate Parliament speeches opposing Anning’s comments

CANBERRA, Australia: An Australian senator is being condemned for his speech in Parliament advocating reviving a white-only immigration policy and using the term “final solution” in calling for a vote on which migrants to admit into the country.
Fraser Anning has refused to apologize for the content of his first upper house speech. But politicians across the spectrum were united in denouncing his words. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten gave passionate Parliament speeches Wednesday opposing Anning’s comments.
Anning also called for a complete ban on Muslim immigration and linked Muslim communities to terrorism and being on welfare programs. Turnbull said in his own speech, “Those who try to demonize Muslims because of the crimes of a tiny minority are only helping the terrorists.”
A member of the minor Katter’s Australian Party, Anning was unapologetic about using the same phrase Nazi leaders used in planning the Holocaust during World War II.
“The final solution to the immigration problem is, of course, a popular vote,” Anning said in his Senate speech.
He claimed to be simply referring to the “ultimate solution” to a political problem and said people who were offended took the two words out of context.
Shorten said those two words evoke trauma and come from history’s darkest moments. “Two words would speak for the brutalization and murder of millions. Two words that evoke fear and grief and trauma and loss,” Shorten said.
He said most Australians did not want to see the country go back to 1958 and moved a unanimous motion praising the dismantling of discriminatory immigration policies over several decades.