Najam Keynotes 17th Youth Parliament Pakistan

On February 20, 2022, Adil Najam, Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, delivered a keynote address at the 17th annual Youth Parliament Pakistan (YPP). 

Najam’s remarks focused on challenges facing the youth of the world, but particularly those in Pakistan, in the 21st century. He highlighted how the youth of Pakistan should harness its power, as they will be the deciding factor in all future elections until 2045, and the correlation between youth and human development. Najam emphasized the importance of education, engagement, and employment; however, he made clear “the induction of these three aspects on its own is not enough, it has to be quality education, practical engagement and meaningful employment for the youth to genuinely prosper.”

Organized by Pakistan’s Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency, YPP has built leadership capabilities of around 1,000 young Pakistanis of 18 to 29 years from all provinces and territories of Pakistan since 2007. The 17th YPP sought to enhance the knowledge and leadership capabilities of young Pakistanis on how to become good citizens and successful professionals as they are empowered to understand global, regional, and local challenges. To learn more, visit YPP’s website.

Adil Najam is a global public policy expert who also served as the Vice-Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. He is the Inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and was the former Vice-Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His research focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to global climate change, South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and development, and human development. Read more about Dean Najam on his faculty profile.