UN Youth Envoy Canvasses More Investment In Education,Access To Reproductive Health In Nigeria
The United Nations Youth Envoy, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake called for investment in education of Africa’s youth population.
Ms. Wickramanayake who stated this at a town hall discussion in Abuja, as part of her multi-country mission to Africa, to interact with young people on the opportunities and challenges facing young people in the framework of the SDGs said this was paramount in ensuring that Africa achieves the Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs) with the rest of the world.
While expressing satisfaction with findings during her mission to Africa, Wickramanaye said African youths did not only speak of problems confronting them in the framework of the SDGs but also presented solutions a variety of problems.
Some of the solutions included the “not too young to run movement” which has been has been uplifted to a global scale by the UNDP, a vehicle which runs on solar energy instead of fuel, and a solution to the challenges of young women who suffer sexual violence.
“It has been an interesting mission for me after my appointment as the UN Youth Envoy
“This is the first time I am doing multi- country mission in Africa and meeting young people from Africa.
She pledged to take the concerns raised and solutions presented, back to New York and ensure that they gain prominence in discussions and negotiations in the UN.
Ms. Wickramanaye also called elimination of barriers that prevent young people from engaging in the governance process.
“Access to information on sexual reproductive health services, large number of teenage pregnancies and maternal health are recurring issues which young people keep telling me throughout my stay in Africa.
Wickramanayake said that she was in Nigeria for a three-day working visit on her multi-country mission across Africa.
On his part, the Resident Coordinator of UN system in Nigeria, Edward Kallon said youths are not only leaders of the future but leaders of today and sued for increased investment for programmes and projects.
Dr Kongnyuy, said visit of the envoy was to ensure that young people were brought closer to UN system.