Participation of the youth in different voluntary works is a must to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), speakers told a youth day programme yesterday.
Calling them the main force of today's world, they stressed the need for giving priority to their opinions.
The programme,“SDG Youth Carnival", was organised by UN Volunteers Bangladesh, and UNDP Bangladesh, celebrating International Youth Day.
Speaking on the occasion, cultural personality Sara Zaker called upon the youth to raise their voice to stop child marriage and ensure gender equality. Otherwise, SDGs will be difficult to achieve, she said.
Fakrul Ahsan, a project adviser of UNDP, said the youth would have to work together and come forward to address key problems including hunger and poverty.
The youth can bring change, said Md Ashadul Islam, secretary-in-charge of the youth and sports ministry. Citing examples of young people stopping child marriage in villages, he said that if given the opportunity, the youth could play an important role in development.
ULAB communication officer Ayesha Khanom said their participation in different activities could bring changes in the society.