International Youth Committee (IYC) honours 40 Young Leaders in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The South Asian Youth Summit (SAYS) which took place in Colombo from November 28 to 30, 2018, culminated in a festive award ceremony. The organizers, honored 40 young leaders and activists from 15 countries including Youth ministers from Malaysia, Maldives and Mauritius. This year’s competition attracted over 2000 applicants from over 142 countries globally for the prestigious World Youth Prize. For the first time Mauritius, Fiji and Malaysia are among the World Youth Prize winner countries. For the Asia Inspiration awardees, we had one remarkable winner from Pakistan, Mr. Umair Mushtaq. A high-ranking jury of experts, including five Nobel laureates, selected the most outstanding visionaries, who have some impressively strong grounds with diverse achievements. The IYC awardees were invited to participate in the three days South Asian Youth Summit (SAYS) during which they were given the platform to talk and share about the activities they are running back in their respective home countries. The SAYS 2018 placed a special focus on this year’s motto of “Sustainable Development”. The young leaders exchanged ideas with leading experts during break out sessions and individual meetings, thereby obtaining a deep insight into different fields and discovering new opportunities for prospective collaborations. Historical moment during the 2nd edition of SAYS in Colombo, where the organizers launched the South Asian Women Commission. The declaration drafted by 10 women, 1 from Pakistan and from other South Asian countries, were adopted and voted on the last day of the summit. The draft declaration was supported by different high dignitaries; ministers and ambassadors who were present.


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