National development policies have clearly indicated skill building, employment generation, and meaningful participation of youths which is accelerating their local level engagement process. To support them to receive basic services equitably, empowering young people is key. SERAC-Bangladesh with the support from UN Democracy Fund and UN-Habitat is initiating urban youth councils at four city corporations of the country, namely Rajshahi, Rangpur, Mymensingh, and Narayanganj under the Advancing Engagement by Setting Up Urban Youth Councils in Bangladesh project.
According to the following activities on 17th August 2022 Rangpur City Corporation and SERAC-Bangladesh jointly organized a meeting at the local auditorium in the city of Rangpur to formally hand over the guidelines for the urban youth council and exchange views.
At the meeting, in the presence of the honorable Mayor of Rangpur City Corporation, Government and Private Development Officers, and fifty members of the Task Force, the guidelines for the City Youth Council were presented and handed over to the Rangpur City Corporation. Note that this guideline was earlier formulated on the basis of the views of the task force members in the guideline workshops under the Rangpur City Corporation and in the validation meetings on the guidelines on the views of government and non-government development officials.
The meeting was conducted by Md. Selim Mia, Assistant Director (Program) of SERAC-Bangladesh. In this meeting, the honorable Mayor of Rangpur City Corporation Mr. Md.Mostafizar Rahman (Mostafa) was present as the chief guest, and RPCC’s Chief Executive Officer Md. Ruhul Amin Mia was present as a chair. Also present among other guests were Chief Revenue Officer and Secretary (Additional responsibilities) of Rangpur City Corporation Umme Fatima, Urban Planner Md. Nazrul Islam, Ward Councilor no-07 Md. Mahfuzar Rahman Mafu, Reserved seat-8 Councilor Most. Hasna Banu and journalists.
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 you
th 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.
SERAC-Bangladesh’s Program Officer Md.Nahidur Rahman, Associate program Md. Shahadat Hossain Shahin, Rangpur Divisional coordinator Tithi Mojumdar, and Rangpur City’s fifty taskforce members were also present at this meeting.