Inspired by the strong desire for change in Pakistan, the Denmark government has pledged to support the change agents, especially the youth, to play their proactive role in peace building and conflict resolution.
The Danish International Development Agency on Thursday launched a programme aimed at empowering the youth towards building peace and solving conflicts through dailogue.
The programme was launched at a ceremony which was attended by members from the development sector, media and international community. Speaking on the occasion, chief guest Danish Ambassador Uffe Wolffhechel said, “Peace is a concept which cannot be limited to a certain definition and varies from person-to-person. Our understanding is not merely that it is an absence of war but an environment where hope, imagination and creativity can coexist”.
He added that the provision of basic human rights including food, shelter and education, would help in exploiting an individual’s full potential.
He also noted that he saw “the passion and desire for change everywhere [in Pakistan]. This makes me believe you can bring change if there is a drive”.
The project, being launched in collaboration with Search for Common Ground Pakistan (SFCG), aims to facilitate dialogue among various stakeholders towards the contribution of a national peace-building discourse. The programme is focused specifically on the youth, women, media and social entrepreneurs who are viewed as key partners in peace building.
SFCG Country Director Ali Saleem stated that the project “Promotion of dialogue for peace-building through media and youth mobilisation in Pakistan” seeks to promote a participatory environment that can stimulate information flow while nurturing the youth’s involvement and strengthening state and civilian relationships.
Denmark has pledged to contribute $28million for democratic development, regional stability, human rights and gender equality in Pakistan. The two-year programme is the first phase of a longer term development cooperation between the two countries.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 16th, 2011.