African Youth Meet to Shape the “Africa They Want’

African Youth Meet to Shape the “Africa They Want’

More than 300 African Youth from East and West Africa met today (11 November) at the United Nations Office in Nairobi for the Africa High Level Youth Conference – Transition from MDG to SDGs.

The three day conference organized by United Nations Information Centre, Nairobi and a local partner, Research Institute for Peace Policy and International Affairs focused on the transition from MDG to SDGs under the theme: “The Africa we Want: Redefining Africa’s Place”.

youth_photo2The conference brought together more than 300 youth delegates from 13 countries across the continent. Some delegates came from as far as West Africa as they said they wanted to be part of the conversation early at the launch of the SDGs.

The conference was opened by Per Knutsson from the UNDP who spoke passionately emphasizing that the youth were the future and their participation in this conversation was critical. Government officials participated bringing in the commitment and pledges from the Government.

Apart from providing the venue for the conference, UNIC played a role in the invitation to guest speakers and facilitated the discussion at the opening of the conference.

The conference aims to formulate resolutions that will generate strategies for follow up across the region and eventually throughout the continent.

Read more on: Sustainable Development Goals

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