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Youth participant from Save the Children in Bangladesh joins UNGA

  • Advocates against child marriage
  • Speaks on education, gender equality
  • Represents Bangladeshi youth globally
Update : 21 Sep 2023, 05:42 PM

Istia Jahan Tanjen, a youth participant from Save the Children’s Bangladesh chapter, has attended the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York as a representative of the country. 

She attended the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit, a part of the 78th session of the UNGA, which is providing a unique opportunity to expand and strengthen meaningful youth engagement at all levels, particularly in the scope of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, reads a press release issued on Thursday. 

Istia received a series of skills training which enabled and nurtured her in reaching new heights in her journey, the press release mentioned.  

After receiving entrepreneurship training, Istia started an online fashion business, which has financially empowered her to advance both in her career and her education, it said. 

She firmly believes that these initiatives that empower and strengthen young women can play a significant role in preventing child marriage in Bangladesh, which still has the highest number of child marriages in the world, it added. 

Istia, according to the press release, has spoken on the pressing need for progress by the government to advance on a number of the goals, especially and including the goals on quality education, gender equality and climate action and those that affect the youth. 

Before leaving Bangladesh Istia said: “I am going there as a youth advocate. In my message at the SDG Summit, I will highlight how it is important for world leaders to understand what life is like for children and youth.”

“They must listen to and consider towards which world the children are heading. This way, we can make decisions that are better for the future generation and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,” she added. 

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is the main policymaking organ of the organization. Comprising all member states, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter of the United Nations. 

Each of the 193 member states of the United Nations has an equal participation in the assembly. The 78th session of the UNGA marks a crucial milestone in the journey towards achieving the 2030 agenda and the urgent need to put the 17 Sustainable Development Goals back on track, it said.  

Its 2023 meeting is emphasizing climate change, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and the war in Ukraine, it added.

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