Uhuru named global youth cham­pion at UN meet­ing

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - National News -

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta was unan­i­mously en­dorsed as the global Cham­pion of the Young Peo­ple's Agenda on Mon­day. The Pres­i­dent joined other world lead­ers on dur­ing the launch of an am­bi­tious global part­ner­ship through which the UN seeks to get ev­ery young per­son into qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing or em­ploy­ment by 2030. The new ini­tia­tive, a part­ner­ship be­tween the United Nations Youth Strat­egy 2030 and Gen­er­a­tion Un­lim­ited, aims at catalysing pro-youth ac­tions to ad­dress the dreams, am­bi­tions and hopes of 1.8 bil­lion young peo­ple glob­ally. The new ini­tia­tive, un­der the aegis of the United Nations chil­dren's Fund (UNICEF) was launched at the Trus­tee­ship Cham­bers, UN Head­quar­ters, New York, on the side­lines of the 73rd United Nations Gen­eral Assem­bly. Pres­i­dent Keny­atta who was ac­com­pa­nied by First Lady Mar­garet Keny­atta ac­cepted the po­si­tion. Speak­ers at the launch who in­cluded UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res were op­ti­mistic the new part­ner­ship will tackle the global ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing cri­sis cur­rently hold­ing back mil­lions of young peo­ple and threat­en­ing progress and sta­bil­ity. The lead­ers said with­out ur­gent in­vest­ment in ed­u­ca­tion and skills train­ing, the rapidly grow­ing global pop­u­la­tion of ado­les­cents and young peo­ple, ex­pected to reach two bil­lion by 2030, will con­tinue to be un­pre­pared and un­skilled for the fu­ture work­force. The global lead­ers were in agree­ment that there can never be peace and sta­bil­ity if the in­ter­ests of the youth were not ur­gently ad­dressed.

Kenya, Rwanda and Ghana, which were rep­re­sented by their Heads of State, were the first coun­tries in Africa to em­brace the new part­ner­ship.

In his ac­cep­tance speech as the global cham­pion of the youth agenda, Pres­i­dent Keny­atta said progress for the youth means progress for the en­tire hu­man­ity.

Youth op­por­tu­nity

“We do not cham­pion the cause of youth op­por­tu­nity and hope as a favour, but rather as the nec­es­sary, un­de­ni­able, em­brace of our col­lec­tive fu­ture,” he said

Pres­i­dent Keny­atta ap­plauded the UNICEF lead­er­ship for defin­ing an am­bi­tious agenda which he said was equal to the ur­gency of the mo­ment.

“We must give young peo­ple ed­u­ca­tion, and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties if our so­ci­eties are to live up to their full prom­ise,” he said and promised the youth of his full sup­port as he cham­pi­ons their cause.

“On your part, em­brace your chance to lead by seiz­ing op­por­tu­nity and turn­ing it into tan­gi­ble achieve­ment. You must stand up, of­fer your­selves, ded­i­cate your­selves, shoul­der re­spon­si­bil­ity, and carry the world into the fu­ture,” he told the youth who were ad­e­quately rep­re­sented at the launch.


Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and First Lady Mar­garet Keny­atta at the launch of the United Nations Youth 2030 and Gen­er­a­tion Un­lim­ited at the United Nations Head­quar­ters in New York. Also present are For­eign Af­fairs Cabi­net Sec­re­tary Mon­ica Juma (right), Chief of Staff in the Of­fice of the First Lady Con­stance Gakonyo and Mr Wal­ter Mong’are alias Nyam­bane, a li­ai­son of­fi­cer for the youth in the Ju­bilee Party.

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