YouthHub organizes Webinars On Youth Engagement for Global Action

the webinar was held on July 12, 2020, focusing on young people's role in contributing to sustainable development in their communities and the challenges they face.
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Youth Engagement for Global Action

In an attempt to mark the International Youth Day set aside, annually to honor youth around the world, YouthhubAfrica arranged a webinar featuring key players in the development sector to speak to youth about the impact that youth have had on sustainable development and other social action commitments.

According to YouthhubAfrica's press release, the webinar was held on July 12, 2020, focusing on young people's role in contributing to sustainable development in their communities and the challenges they face.

Notable speakers such as Mrs. Diene Keita; Deputy Executive Director - Programmes, United Nations Population Fund ( UNFPA), Njoya Tikum; Manager, United Nations Development Program ( UNDP) Regional Office for West and Central Africa, among others.

The dialogue centered on a number of challenges faced by young Africans that serves as a major obstacle to their main contribution to sustainable development on the continent, such as the exclusion of young people from cultural, political and decision-making; the lack of investment in youth creativity and ideas across the continent.

Madame Diene Keita urged that, while these issues pose challenges for youth engagement in global action, young Africans should not be dissuaded from assuming responsibility and frontlines in the development of the continent.

Gogontlejang Phaladi, Founder and Executive Director, GP Pillar of Hope Foundation, stressed that there is no meaningful investment in young Africans and their creative ideas, despite the opportunities provided to young people.

Speaking at the webinar, Njoya Tikum- The Director of the United Nations Development Program for West and Central Africa Regional Office (UNDP) urged young Africans to demand what is rightly theirs in government, social action and economic change, as no one will hand it over to them.

The statement revealed that the webinar was concluded after Diene Keita appealed to young Africans, urging them to send their ideas and action plan for what should be done differently to make the continent great and to have more young people sitting on the seats of planning and implementing policies / programs.

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