Nepal President calls on youth to lead post-quake reconstruction

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Kathmandu, Aug 12 (IANS) Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Friday called on the country’s youth to engage in post-quake reconstruction of the Himalayan nation.

Bhandari said the youth were the pillars of nation-building and should be mobilised in rebuilding Nepal after last year’s devastating earthquake on April 25 that killed nearly 9,000 people and left more than a half million homeless.

“We need a separate roadmap and solid programmes that focus on the youth as they have a bigger responsibility of contributing in nation-building. They only can meet the target of poverty alleviation and Sustainable Development Goals by 2030,” Xinhua news agency quoted Bhandari as saying.

The global theme for International Youth Day this year was “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Production and Consumption”.

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“We need to provide more training, capacity-building skills and generate employment opportunities within the country to mobilise the youth in reconstruction, production and other activities,” she said.



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