NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Africa youth conference ended in Nairobi on
Thursday with delegates endorsing resolutions to promote
inclusion of this demographic in the continent’s ambitious
agenda for growth, peace and social renewal.
More than 350
delegates attended the three days Africa youth conference whose
theme was prioritizing investment in African youth within the
forum that was organized by multilateral agencies attracted
participants from governments, private sector and civil society
to explore innovative ways to harness the energy, innovation and
entrepreneur spirit of African youth and realize transformation.
“We the youth of
Africa call upon our governments to create space for us to
participate in development, governance and promotion of peace in
our countries,” the youth said in a joint statement.
It urged governments
to prioritize investments in formal education, vocational
training and mentorship that is key to boost participation of
the youth in mainstream economic activities.
Principal Secretary in Kenya’s Ministry of Gender and Youth
Affairs, said that realization of Africa’s growth and
transformation agenda hinges on greater involvement of the
“Let us prioritize
our investments in the youth to help unleash their full
potential as the continent chart new development journey,” Owino
remarked, adding that Africa’s demographic dividend could be
harnessed to help achieve sustainable development goals.
The Nairobi youth
forum vouched for greater participation of African youth to help
tackle endemic challenges like poverty, conflicts, diseases and
“African youth have
resolved to dedicate efforts towards good governance, poverty
alleviation, peace and conflict resolution in some of our
trouble-spots,” said delegates.
They resolved to
promote gender parity and rally behind efforts to address youth
unemployment that has fuelled violent extremism and risky
migration to the industrial north in search for jobs.
“African youths have
resolved to be agents of change by supporting a campaign to end
the scourges of human trafficking, radicalization, crime and
drug abuse that are a threat to our progress and peaceful
co-existence,” said delegates.
They noted that
access to finance and appropriate technologies will help African
youth initiate projects that promote climate resilience and
sustainable waste management.