A two years project “Advancing Engagement by Setting Up Urban Youth Councils” in four cities of Bangladesh” (Mymensingh, Rangpur, Rajshahi, Narayanganj) with the support of SERAC-Bangladesh UNDEF and UN-Habitat to empower the youth and ensure their participation in decision making in general services in Bangladesh. As per the subsequent activities of the project, a UYC guideline draft validation meeting was jointly held by Narayanganj City Corporation and SERAC-Bangladesh on 5th July, 2022 in Narayanganj.
This meeting was moderated by SERAC-Bangladesh’s Assistant Director (Program) Mr. Md. Salim Miah. Narayanganj City Corporation’s councilor (ward-15) Mr. Asit Boron Biswash, Councilor (ward-21) Md. Shahin Miah, Salma Sultana Chairperson of Narayanganj Federation, Mr. Kazi Mahbub Alom team leader of Urban Community Volunteers, Md Faruk Mohsin, Editor of Narayanganj’s KhelaGhor, Md. Bijoy, District Co-Ordinator, of BD Clean, Ranu Khandakar Teacher of A. B.C. School, Narayanganj Charukola institute’s lecturer Kanika Rani Saha, and Journalist.
In this meeting, a final policy was developed in consultation with local government and non-government officials on the draft policies prepared in collaboration with the members of the Temporary Task Force in the previous guideline workshop on Urban Youth Council Guidelines.
This project aims to involve the youth in the development activities of the city by democratically electing representatives from among them and presenting their views, opinions, and demands to the City Corporation. It will play a vital role in the development and leadership of the youth. By joining the City Youth Council as Youth Councilors elected by the youth under the project, the City Corporation will advise, participate and motivate the youth in the development activities of the city under the supervision of the honorable Mayor. The project will also assist the Government of Bangladesh in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals 11 and 18.
Md. Nahidur Rahman, Program Officer of SERAC-Bangladesh and program associate Sumaiya Akter Mili, Nabi Newaz Shakib and Rakibul Islam Ifti of Narayanganj representatives.