Youth urged to play role in prevention of food waste

Rights group set to work on ‘zero food waste’

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—A development-oriented rights group ‘Islamabad Devcom Centennial Leo Club’ (IDCLC) working on civic, human rights and environment issues is all set to work on ‘zero food waste’ plan, a milestone initiative in the limits of Islamabad Capital Territory. This was announced by Shaaref Munir president of club while speaking at the first installation ceremony of the Club.
The statistical analysis about food waste is being done after a comprehensive survey of the banquets, wedding halls, hotels and fast foods, he said. District Governor Lions Club International Sitara Sitwat presided over the ceremony and installed the new IDCLC cabinet.
Sanaullah Aman, Member Environment and Financial Adviser, Capital Development Authority (CDA), was the chief guest on the occasion. The Development Communications Network (Devcom-Pakistan) Executive Director and Adviser IDCLC Munir Ahmed also spoke on the occasion.
President IDCLC Shaaref Munir said his club would vigorously take awareness, stakeholder mobilization and initiate local and national legislation process to reduce food waste mainly focusing on the food outlets in the Islamabad Capital Territory. The other focused areas would be engaging youth in environmental conservation with the support of the CDA Member Environment, social and community services in collaboration of other partners and district management.
“My team and I strongly believe in the role of youth in social development, community services and public policy reforms and its implementation. Without uplifting the marginalized communities, we cannot make our society socially equitable, and a just society. We need to put more resources and efforts to enhance the social growth of the marginalized youth’, said Shaaref Munir.
He said, we see far less education, health and livelihood options for the youth from the neglected segments. Our Leo Club is determined to take up this challenge for the Islamabad Capital Territory. It would not be possible without the generous support of the Islamabad Mayor
Office, and the guidance of the District Governor, Shaaref said. The District Governor Lions Club International Sitara Sitwat strongly supported the five point annual programme of the Islamabad Devcom Centennial Leo Club. She said the ‘zero food waste’ should be the priority agenda of all stakeholders especially the district management should take serious action on ground. Every day we waste food worth of millions of rupees that can feed thousands of people but there carelessness on the part of citizens, and no mechanism available to fine and curb the food waste, she said.
She hoped that the ‘zero food waste for ICT’ would come up with example work and develop some system and mechanism at least for the Islamabad capital Territory. She reaffirmed her full support on behalf of the Lions Clubs in her District. Sanaullah Aman, the CDA Member Environment and Financial Adviser, speaking on the occasion said that the CDA always encourage youth groups and educational institutions to be part of the environmental conservation and improvement. The sustainable development of the federal capital is not possibly with the participation of youth as they have to carry the future course of city development. He said the proactive, socially sensitive and environmentally conscious youth is an asset of the society. We need to encourage them for their initiatives and provide level playing field to have their real participation in engaging the other citizens groups and stakeholders. He assured his full support to make the city’s environment more clean and green.

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