Blog by Hazhir Ibrahim Jaff, a senior International Studies student at AUIS, who recently attended the World Youth Conference in India, and was given the International Speaker award.
The World Youth Conference 2016 took place from 12th November – 14th November 2016 in New Delhi, India. The event was hosted by the Republic of India under the aegis of the International Youth Committee (IYC) in collaboration with various public and private sectors. This year’s WYC theme was ‘Youth for Sustainable Development’. WYC 2016 will facilitate a process that strengthens effective youth participation in the planning, implementation and evaluation of various global issues of the world which refers to the process of defining the future global development framework that would succeed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) of the United Nation. It brought young delegates from all over the world to exchange views, share experiences on different issues, detect common preoccupations and to develop realistic action plans to rebuild communities that meet the needs and aspirations of young people. The event allowed people to voice their ideas and concerns and make suggestions directly.
I was the only delegate and speaker from Kurdistan and Iraq. I had an opportunity to give a speech about the role of Kurds and the Peshmerga for encountering terror and having peace and justice. Also, I was awarded as an International Speaker for having an effective speech. For World Youth Conference 2017, which will be held in Belize on the eastern coast in Central America, I am chosen as a leader and ambassador of International Youth Committee (IYC) in Iraq and Kurdistan in order to choose and arrange a group of youth to participate in this conference.
Despite facing some challenges during the program, it was an experience of a lifetime for me because I met hundreds of delegates from across the world. We shared our different ideas, beliefs, perspectives, and opinions regarding the recent issues in the world. I was surprised when I heard some things from the delegates because the way their countries were reflected in the media was different from the reality.
I also got to know scholars from different countries, and I invited most of them to visit Kurdistan. They promised to come to Kurdistan if we held any international conference. By attending other presentations, I learned from others and improved my own skills and knowledge about my field. Therefore, The benefits are definitely bigger than the costs for participating at international conferences.
The conference had great outcomes for me. I was honored to participate as a Kurd. And I am now responsible to arrange a group of Kurdish youth to participate in the World Youth Conference 2017 in Central America. I am also working with the board of the IYC organization and conference in order to hold the World Youth Conference in Kurdistan in the future. I have a plan to hold international conferences in Kurdistan as much as I can because our youth can benefit greatly from these diverse perspectives.
Watch his interview with Kurdistan24 below.