Global environment conference: Youth to represent Pakistan at Rio+20

Published: June 6, 2012
Ali Shahbaz

Ali Shahbaz


After months of struggle, 15-year-old Ali Shahbaz has scored a seat at the Rio+20 conference taking place in Brazil this month.

At a press briefing to mark the World Environment Day at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Monday, SDPI Executive Director Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri said that Ali is an excellent combination of perseverance and intelligence and will effectively represent the interests, priorities and concerns of Pakistani youth as well as highlight a soft and positive image of Pakistan at the conference.

Ali will represent Pakistani youth as a part of Pakistan’s official delegation.

The objective of Rio+20 conference is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development. It starts in Brazil on June 20.

Rio+20 conference will attract more than 50,000 delegates, including over 10,000 official representatives, from across the globe. Thousands of side events have been planned by the representatives of over 195 countries.

Pakistan is also holding its event on “achieving sustainable development in state of crisis”.

Shahbaz said that more than 60% of Pakistan’s population consisted of youngsters. He said that this overwhelming segment of the population is now facing numerous challenges, which need to be addressed by policymakers. “We need to globally mould our ways to balance our lives for a safer world,” he said. Shahbaz struggled for months and wrote to approximately 15 companies to help him become a part of this conference. His recent participation at an SDPI conference impressed the panel and helped him secure a seat in Rio+20.

Published In The Express Tribune, June 6th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • bystander
    Jun 6, 2012 - 3:39PM

    I am so delighted to hear the news and wish to give my warm regards and best wishes to the young boy. Jeetay raho!


  • M.Usman
    Jun 6, 2012 - 10:58PM

    all of us are very proud of u ali. atlast u did it. best of luck


  • Javed Iqbal
    Jun 6, 2012 - 11:08PM

    Very good you did a grate I am very happy to read this news My best wishes are with you.


  • BLing BLing
    Jun 6, 2012 - 11:53PM

    Pakistan will make progress in the right direction when such bright kids stay in Pakistan and work their way to the top positions while staying honest.


  • Ali Shahbaz
    Jun 7, 2012 - 12:43AM

    Thank you all for the welcoming remarks!
    I aim not only to responsibly represent Pakistan , but also to contribute to the draft ” **the future we want
    ” effectively.”


  • Maheen Salman
    Jun 7, 2012 - 4:16PM

    It is our pleasure that in so many crisis that Pakistan is currently facing our young leaders are stepping forward for a change. This will motivate our young generation and will make all of us understand the need of our young leaders coming forward as catylsts.Recommend

  • Ilyas mahmood
    Jun 7, 2012 - 11:57PM

    Congradulations Ali! Whole Pakistan is proud of you. I hope youwould be able to present the soft image of Pakistan. The real challange that pakistani youth is facing. There is great need to put our youth at right tract to be more productive.


  • saira
    Jun 8, 2012 - 12:13AM

    Ali we are proud of you and wish you best of luck for your and our Pakistan’s future, I hope SDPI and Dr. Suleri keep their promise.!


  • Javad Ashraf
    Jun 10, 2012 - 7:04PM

    I m sure our future is “BRIGHT” because of youth like “ALI”.Wish u gd luck.


  • Hayat Family
    Jun 12, 2012 - 12:43AM

    Country like Pakistan need more youth like Ali to come forward and start playing their role.

    Wish you all the success Ali.Keep it up


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