The first Commonwealth Youth Summit 2017 concluded on Sunday at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Malaysia, wherein young leaders from 52 commonwealth countries took a pledge to actively partner in promoting peace, social cohesion and building global equity and fulfill the commitment of the “sustainable development goals” adopted by the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Wales inaugurated the summit on November 3 at University of Nottingham, Malaysia wherein he said that if young people show their determination they could fully harness their intelligence to build societies that are “restorative” and “regenerative”.
To represent my country, I was attended the summit with 24 other Bangladeshi delegates from different organizations.
“We have the commonly agreed framework of joint action which if implemented would generate $12 trillion and 600 million additional jobs. Transformative change is possible”, he said, while lauding young leaders for taking up entrepreneurial ventures across the commonwealth countries.
Prince Charles stressed on the need for actions that revolves on sustainable economy and underscored the importance of young people, who forms the majority in the global population index. “We must do all that we can to ensure that our young people of the Commonwealth are supported to enable them to be successful in working with us to deal, with the necessary energy and imagination, with these complex and enormous challenges,” he said.
Charles – who established his Prince’s Trust to support youth entrepreneurs more than 40 years ago – added, “What young people need, I have learned, is encouragement and enough support, advice and skills training to get started. Once started, the results can often be spectacular and profoundly heartening,” he said.
During the three days summit, speakers drawn from diverse backgrounds spoke at length on broad topics of climate change and finance, digital economy and entrepreneurship, peace building, social cohesion and other relevant issues linked to global development and equitable societies.
The participants were also actively involved in designing proposals and projects to be taken up at a common platform for social transformation, advocacy and society change in their respective countries.
I was joined the summit, fully sponsored by the leading global digital agency, Wunderman Dhaka. I was discussed with Prince Charles of Wales about my initiative “Coding Camp” that I took with my organization, MentorNations, in countrywide. He loved the initiative and told to share and take step to do it in worldwide.
“This initiative that you took with your team, MentorNations, can change the world. You must take a step to do it in worldwide. You are welcome to share your knowledge in United Kingdom — His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Wales”
We also discussed about Government Initiative for Making Digital Bangladesh, Vision 2021 and Rohingya issue in the summit.
Muammar Ghadafi (President of the Malaysian Youth Council), Ediola Pashollari (Secretary General of World Assmembly of Youth (WAY)), Saumya Agarwal (Youth for Peace International), Floyd Green (Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Jamaica), Mr. Stefan Priesner (Resident Coordinator of UNDP Malaysia), Tiffanee Marie Lim (Vice President, Brand, Creativity and Talent Development, Limkokwing University) was discussed in the summit about the social changes.
After successfully completed the summit, I have been invited to Microsoft Malaysia in 6th November, 2017 to visit and discuss about my initiative. Prazzal Kumar Talukdar, Surface Lead; Enterprise & Partner Group, Microsoft (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, told that, this initiative that you took is really awesome and fantastic. Microsoft always supports this initiative and wish you can take steps to do it in worldwide.The next day, I have been invited to Google Malaysia to a formal visit. Sue Ann Goh, Digital Strategist, Google Malaysia supports my initiative and ensure that Google will be with me and my initiative if I need any help. On the same day, I visited to Axiata Corporate Headquarters and Intel Corporation for a business meeting.
I was return in Bangladesh in November 12, 2017, after 10 days. It was a nice and memorable journey. Now, I’m working to make the world digital. Because…
Digital Literacy is a human right 🙂