Brunei commits to Action Programme for Youth

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI along with 165 countries renewed their commitment to the World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond (WPAY) earlier this week in Azerbajian.

The commitment came at the culmination of the first Global Forum on Youth Policies held in Baku, Azerbajian from October 28 to 30 where Brunei was represented by the Deputy Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Hj Yussof Hj Ismail along with two senior officials from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport (MCYS).

WPAY, initiated by the United Nations highlights 10 areas aimed at improving the overall well-being of youth including education, employment, drug use and juvenile delinquency.

Other commitments included developing strategic and meaningful youth policies which should be based upon human rights, inclusive involvement and responsive to the needs of women.

The Sultanate introduced a national youth policy in 2002 with the aim of providing a framework to better channel efforts towards building generations of responsible youth that contribute to the country socially, economically and culturally.

Director of Youth and Sport Hj Abdul Malik Hj Mohammad and Senior Special Duties Officer Hj Amer Hamzah Pehin Dato Hj Zakaria represented MCYS.

The inaugural forum attended by UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Azerbajian’s President Ilham Aliyev was organised by the government of Azerbaijan.

It was supported by the Special Envoy on Youth Office, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and the Council of Europe.

The Brunei Times