ISLAMABAD – Youth from 25 conflict-prone districts were imparted training on mediating disputes and facilitating dialogues while bringing communities together to address root causes of the conflicts within the society here at a workshop.

The 4-day advanced training workshop titled ‘Young Leaders for Peace’ was jointly organised by Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Pakistan and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). The workshop concluded on Friday.

The workshop provided an opportunity to young leaders coming from conflict-affected areas to understand the dynamics of conflict and get trained on peace-building measures to ascertain peace in the society. Participants were also encouraged to work with local government officials and decision-makers.

The workshop was a continuation of series of workshops taking place under the campaign entitled ‘Promotion of Dialogue on Peace Building through Media and Youth Mobilisation.’ After successful training, the participants would work in the field and conduct district dialogue forums to establish peace in their respective areas.

Earlier, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed expressively presented his arguments on inclusion of youth in decision-making within the state structure. He advised the young leaders to organise themselves to initiate process of peace-building in their regions.”

Country Director SFCG Pakistan, Ammara Durrani, said, “Pakistan Peace Initiative seeks to promote a participatory environment that stimulates information flow, nurtures youth involvement for proactive conflict mitigation, and reconciliation initiatives in Pakistan. Our youth have energy, potential and strength, which are key abilities needed to play the role of peace-builders in society.”

Dr Abid Suleri, executive director SDPI, termed youth as the future hope for Pakistan. He informed participants about new development discourse where emphases is now shifted towards local knowledge and actions and advised them to play active role in development of their respective communities.

Ammara Durrani distributed certificates amongst the participants at the concluded session of the workshop.

Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is Pakistan’s premier think tank in policy advocacy and research. The Institute acts both as a generator of original research on sustainable development issues and knowledge disseminator.