Youth in Bangladesh contribute to developing their communities for the achievement of national development

Aug 11, 2012

DHAKA: Today a dialogue with youth was held at the University of Dhaka to celebrate the International Youth Day and to commemorate the millions of youth in Bangladesh contributing for a better future. This year’s theme, Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth, comes after the Rio+20 Conference, where the role of youth in peace and development activities was strongly acknowledged and considered paramount in the post-2015 agenda.

Youth from the Fire Service and Civil Defence Urban Volunteers Network, Young Power in Social Action, Foundation for Disaster Forum, Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies (DU), UNFPA National Youth Forum for RH, presented their work in local communities linking international and national youth initiatives like disaster response, disability and access and education, especially in sexual and reproductive health.

Also presenting was Dr. Elvira Graner, Research Fellow at the Institute for Governance Studies (BRAC), on key findings of the youth survey (2011) “Giving Youth a Voice”. She informed the audience that national and regional networks had been created with several countries in South Asia to undertake similar research and to strengthen national policy and programme development.  Dr. Graner noted that there is still further work to be done for youth in the country and mentioned that Bangladesh faces challenging realities such as high dropout rate amongst secondary school students.

The Chief Guest for the occasion was Mr. Md. Mahbub Ahmed, Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Speaking at the event, he highlighted the role of youth in shaping the country’s future and renewed the government’s commitment on partnering with and for youth in national building activities.

“Historically the youth are proved to be the driving force of this nation.  As Bangladesh is a disaster prone country and vulnerable to climate change, youth volunteers' roles are an utmost need to make the people resilience, to face the challenges of natural disasters and other crises. We all must provide our coordinated efforts to encourage the youth' said Dr. A A M S Arefin Siddique, Vice Chancellor of the University of Dhaka who chaired the event.  

Mr A K M Manzurul Hauque, Director General of the Department of Youth Development and Mr. Stefan Priesner, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. participated as Special Guests.  In his address, UNDP Resident Representative, a.i., Mr. Stefan Priesner, welcomed the event  and acknowledged the positive contribution of youth towards national and community development  in Bangladesh. He strongly encouraged the country to put in place mechanisms enabling young people to formally participate and lend their voices to the decisions and processes that shape the future.  

This event was jointly organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies (DU), UNV, UNDP, JICA, KOICA, VSO and AusTraining. Over 100 youth actively participated in a lively dialogue that provided them with avenue to network amongst different stakeholders.   


UNDP Bangladesh, one of the largest country offices of the global development network has been here since 31 July, 1972. Drawing upon its global network, UNDP helps the people and Government of Bangladesh to develop their capacity to meet development challenges through initiatives that link advocacy, policy advice, and projects  
Contact informationFor further information please contact: Mr. Mahtab Haider, Communications Analyst, UNDP  via email:, ph: +88 02 815 0088, ext. 1805, mob: +88 01713 014 604 or Ms. Sesheeni Joud Selvaratnam, Programme officer, UNV via email:,  mobile: +88 01762519420.