To support youths of Rangpur city to engage in civic activities, and decision making process at the municipal governance, SERAC-Bangladesh with the support from UN Democracy Fund and UN-Habitat is initiating urban youth council in Rangpur the Advancing Engagement by Setting Up Urban Youth Councils in Bangladesh project. A guideline workshop was held at a local venue in Rangpur on Friday to design the guideline for Urban Youth Council in the city.
This joint meeting with the Rangpur City Corporation (RCC) was moderated by SERAC’s Executive Director SM Shaikat, while the event was presided by the Chief Executive Officer of RCC Md. Ruhul Amin Miah. Panel Mayor Md. Mahmudur Rahman Titu attended as the special guest, and other speakers include RCC Town Planner Md. Nazrul Islam, City Councilors Md. Mahfuzar Rahman Mafuz was also present on this occasion.
The host organization, SERAC-Bangladesh mentioned, this project will enhance the capacity of civic engagement among the youths of this city, and engage them with a participatory democratic and electoral process, where they will nominate and elect their own representatives to take their issues to the city corporation and formal spaces and the next four years, they (the task force members) are given instructions on how they will function and what responsibilities they will have, and how they will work with city mayors. The combination of all these will create and formulate the policy in question in collaboration with the task force. The city youth council will also advise the mayor regarding meaningful youth presence in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of development activities in the city. Which will support the government achieve SDGs 11, and 16 at the local level.
They also stated some of the key activities under this project will include youth council guideline preparation, formation of the urban youth council, voter list preparation, and electing 20 youth councilors from the registered youth voters of the age of 18-35 in the city. The proposed urban youth council will connect with the Bangladesh Urban Youth Councils Network, and the World Urban Youth Councils Network and build partnerships to improve the capacity of the local youths.
Officials of the RCC attended the meeting and expressed their fullest support and cooperation towards the project implementation. SERAC-Bangladesh officials including program officer- Rafiul Hasan, Associate program officer- Nahidur Rahman, Program Associate Sumaiya Akter Mili, Apurba Roy, Rangpur Divisional Coordinator Tithi Mazumder and urban youth task force members welcomed this collaboration.