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Pan African forum adopt resolutions
to promote youth led development

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 post-2015 agenda.

The continental 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.

Francis Owino, 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 youthful population.

“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 ecological depletion.

“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. 


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