THE Opening Ceremony of WAY Satellite Event was officiated by Her Excellency Vicki Treadell, the British High Commissioner to Malaysia. At this session, remarks were given by Hon. Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya, the Perak State EXCO for Human Resources, Youth and Sport; and our WAY Secretary General, Ms. Ediola Pashollari. The event began 09.00 a.m. at Casuarina @ Meru Hotel, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. Present at this event were also head of departments from WAY Secretariat, Miss Soekmawati the Programme Officer; Miss Kebareileng Matlhape the International Relations Officer; and Miss Dorothy Chipfunde the Publication Officer.
During the welcoming remarks, Ms. Ediola Pashollari, Secretary General of World Assembly of Youth, introduced the theme of the WAY Satellite Event ‘The Role of Young People in Marching Towards Attainment of Sustainable Development Goals’ and welcomed the guests of honour and all participants to this event. She emphasized on the important role that young people should play in implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and that all stakeholders should join hand in this journey.
The Hon. Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya, the Perak State EXCO for Human Resources, Youth and Sport thanked WAY for organising the Satellite event as part of the Pangkor International Development Dialogue “Implementing Sustainability for Inclusive Growth”. In his remarks, he focused on youth development in Perak. He highlighted on how young people should be given opportunities to discover themselves and encouraged them to always make their voices heard. Her Excellency Vicki Treadell, the British High Commissioner to Malaysia, delivered her remarks by touching on ways to augment the youth acquaintance and the ability in paving their career path. She encouraged young people to be involved in the decision making process and implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Discussion Session begun with a video presentation by Dr. Pauline Teresa Crawford, President of World Association of Visioneers and Entreprenologists where she spoke on ‘Placing our Future in the Hands of Young Men & Women, Youth Working Together with Mutual Respect’. Later on, Mr. Jonah Raider, Global Policy Fellow at Columbia University presented on ‘Building Youth Power for Sustainable Development’. In addition, Ms. Ediola Pashollari, WAY Secretary General went on explaining in details all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), together with the 169 targets.
In overall, the WAY Satellite Event was very informative and stimulating, as speakers shared their knowledge and advised the youth on how they can be a useful contributor and play a prominent role in not only promoting sustainability but also actualizing it in more rigorous action. It was, indeed, another fruitful event of the World Assembly of Youth.