Last month the British Council ran a youth symposium in Islamabad. Faiza Inayat, a British Council project manager, blogs about the inspiring determination she witnessed there.
These ambitious statements aren’t taken from a manifesto written by country delegates at the UN, nor by heads of state at a G20 summit.
It didn’t take months of closed meetings, furtive consultations and the endless nitpicking associated with drafting international statements to come up with this mini-manifesto.
It took a group of young people just two days of focused discussion and a true commitment to the values embodied in these statements.
Presenting their hopes for the future at the concluding ceremony were six social activists from Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Myanmar and the UK.
This was an event high on energy, reflecting the dynamism of the new generation.
An exhibition at the event allowed the participants to showcase the ways they are targetting issues such as
Cultural stalls, comedy sketches and performances entertained the international delegates after the workshops and debates.
It is humbling to see these teenagers and young adults take on huge responsibilities and deliver on their promise to be Active Citizens.
If this globally connected community of young people one day takes over the halls of the General Assembly in New York and the International Court of Justice at The Hague, I have no doubts that their manifesto of international commitments will actually be followed through.