Youth voice matters

Young people of Khorezm holds consultations with local Government

21 June 2019
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UNICEF

UNICEF, Nationwide Movement ‘Yuksalish’ and Youth Union of Uzbekistan organized consultations of youth with local Government of Khorezm. This event provides young people with the opportunity to be heard and creates a platform for a productive dialogue between the youth and the Government.

31 young people aged 14–26 from different regions of Khorezm participated in the consultation. Young people shared their ideas about what needs to be improved in their communities so that young people feel inspired today and can succeed in the future. Starting with identifying their challenges and the root causes, young people came up with innovative solutions that reflected their own and their peer’s needs.  Solutions included creation of the career centers to bridge the gap between students and labour market, psychological support to parents of adolescents to strengthen family bonds, creation of libraries at railway stations to spur books reading during trips, strengthening volunteerism culture in the region, and creation of additional spaces for leisure.

All ideas were presented to Deputy Khokim of Khorezm region on youth policy, social development and spiritual cultural work, representatives of ministries, academia and mass media, who supported the views of young people during the dialogue.

“Around the world, young people are the engine of innovation and progress. When young people have capacity and platforms to express their views on matters that affect their lives and when they are supported by the Government and communities in addressing their concerns and realizing their ideas, we empower young people to believe that they can improve the lives of their families, community and contribute to building peaceful, inclusive and sustainable future for Uzbekistan,” said Yulia Oleinik, Chief of Social Policy, UNICEF Uzbekistan. “That is the purpose of today’s dialogue between Khorezm regional authorities and the young people,” she added.

“One of the main tasks of our organization is creating synergy between efforts of state authority and administration, non-governmental organizations and other institutes of civil society, as well as citizens, especially youth. We believe that this collaborative project will allow listening to the opinions of gifted young people of our country and their vision will subsequently be realized to the best possible extent at the national level,” said Akmal Burkhonov Chairman of the Nationwide movement "Yuksalish".

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UNICEF Uzbekistan
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About Nationwide Movement ‘Yuksalish’

‘Yuksalish’ aims at the establishment of an open dialogue with the people and the business community, the formation of an effective system of public control, the mobilization of efforts and forces of government bodies, non-governmental non-profit organizations and other civil society institutions, as well as citizens, especially youth.