Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pakistani Youngster Nominated for Global Ambassador

Bringing good news for his country at such a grim time, Waqas Nazar Tiwana from Khushab District has been nominated for the ‘Global Young Leaders Award.’ 

He is in top 10 amongst 50 young people selected from 120 countries from all over the world to receive the prestigious award and will also be conferred upon the title of ‘Global Ambassador.’ Waqas, who is also the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence of Youth Parliament of Pakistan, is the first Pakistani youth who has been nominated for this award. He is scheduled to receive the award at a ceremony in Singapore next week and will also be attending the opening ceremony of the International Youth Olympics on a special invitation from Singapore government. 

The award has been conferred to him and other 50 youth from around the world by Harvard Graduates International Presidential Scholars Council. During his stay in Singapore, Waqas Tiwana is expected to visit the Presidential Palace ‘The Istana’ and meet the Singaporean president.

While talking to media persons, Waqas said that he was apprised of this achievement at a time when he had just lost six of his fellow youth parliamentarians in the Margalla plane crash. “I wish my friends were with me in this moment of celebration.” He dedicated his award to the youth of Pakistan especially to the six Youth Parliament martyrs.

Waqas Tiwana is a graduate of Kingston University London, where he was a scholarship holder and a representative of the student body. He also serves as their Scholar Ambassador for South Asia and Middle East, specifically Pakistan. He has also been recently invited by the Under-Secretary General and Chief of Education Outreach of United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) to attend the Global Model UN Summit in Malaysia this month to represent Pakistan.

Waqas Nazar Tiwana belongs to Khushab District of Punjab Province, which he also represents in 48-member house of Youth Parliament of Pakistan. Waqas has been an active social worker and youth activist and is well known for his vision of youth empowerment and youth’s involvement in decision making at national level. He is considered a qualified trainer, an enthusiastic leader, and a good diplomat, having a very diverse and active social circle.

He has also been a part of the Pakistani delegation at Pakistan-India students dialogue and has attended many youth and leadership activities both locally and internationally including the Young Leaders Conference 2008, UN Youth Annual Conference 2009, strategy into practice UK and United Nations (UN) conference on Water, Conflict and Development at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He was also participated in the Pakistan Young Leaders Conference 2010.

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