Honored to organize students’ debate round on “Whether Human Rights and Gender Equality Will Be Compromised in the Peace Process” with the US Embassy in Kabul.
In the debate, students talked about the gains around Human Rights and Gender Equality in the past 18 years and why it should be safeguarded in the Peace Process and we should not compromise it at any cost.
We would like to congratulate Rohullah Roshaan and Ahmad Rahmani of Kabul University for winning the debate round, and Mohibullah Hakimi and Zahra Karimi for winning the best speaker awards.
We sincerely thank our long-term partner US Embassy in Kabul for supporting our debate programs in the past few years and hosting this event.
APT invests in youth and empower them as the new leaders to positively impact this country and practice leadership in different capacities. From Afghanistan to the United Nations – Afghan youth need to be heard.
Since 2013, APT as a member of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders, (UNOY) a Hague-based organization, has traveled to the United Nations with the UNOY numerous times, spoke in different events at UNSC and advocated for the resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, Security which was fortunately passed by the United Nations Security Council in December 2015. This resolution encourages UN member states to include youth in decision-making processes.
Since then, APT worked to localize this resolution in Afghanistan. Ministry of Information and Culture, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Economy, and our international partners such as UNOY and embassies of democratic countries in Kabul played key roles to support us in our endeavors.
In 2018, we worked on a new initiative: select the first ever Youth Representative to the UN!
In May 2015, APT in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy in Kabul designed a program to select the first-ever Afghan Youth Representative to the UN. Through a rigorous competition process among 60 youth applicants who competed in public speaking events, Ramiz Bakhtiar became the finalist and was elected as the Youth Representative to the UN in 2018. The Netherlands Embassy initiated and sponsored the program, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNAMA supported us as well.
The Afghan Youth Representative addressed world leaders whose words were covered by the international media. Global community heard that Afghans strive for peace, and that war is not our choice. The Youth Representative was a model and an example of millions of other youth who are working hard in Afghanistan to create a stable, inclusive, and peaceful society.
APT, working hard and moving forward!
APT signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with Kabul University on 11th July 2018. The MoU will ensure a long lasting relationship between APT and Kabul University by engaging students in APT activities and students taking the message of promoting a culture of tolerance, openness, and respect in their university. The MoU will ensure both parties to provide cultural and academic cooperation between APT and Kabul University.
#APT #Debate #MoU
We are pleased to announce that applications for APT’s fourth annual Debate Without Borders Skype Tournament are now open. The tournament will be held on September 28, 2018, and hosted on Skype. It will feature an institution-vs-institution format and four rounds of Team IPDA-Style competition. This is a great opportunity for Afghan students to learn about and connect with students from different countries. Teams from around the world participate in this tournament each year, creating debates between cultures on topics of mutual relevance.
Link to application: https://bit.ly/2tyIhoQ
Congratulations to Mr. Bakhtiar for being awarded as the first official Afghan Youth Representative to the United Nations.
APT is pleased to announce that Ramiz Bakhtiar was selected as the Afghan Youth Representative to the UN through a rigorous selection process and in a final round by a 4-member jury (Netherlands Foreign Minister Stef Blok, UNAMA’s Head SRSG Tadamichi, H.E. Dep Minister of Foreign Affairs Adela Raz, and APT’s Executive Director Ms. Sofia Ramyar)! Mr. Bakhtiar will be traveling to New York to represent the voices of Afghan youth in the United Nations headquarters.
The program was designed by APT in cooperation with the Embassy of Netherlands, in Afghanistan.
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