‘Youth driven sustainable development more impressive than ever’

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

World Health Organisation (WHO) representative has stated that the promise of youth driven sustainable development is more impressive now than ever.

Speaking at the recently concluded ICPD+25 engagements at the African Youth Commission Pan-African conference on African unity and development, Dr. Desta A. Tiruneh said the United Nation system in The Gambiais proud to be associated with events involving young people, adding that young people formed the population of Africa.

He explained that 25 years ago, 179 member state of the United Nations approved programme of action of international conference on population and development, while adding that the 2019 is critical for the work they do serving women and girls around the world.

Dr. Tiruneh stated that celebrating the 25th anniversary of ICPD provides an opportunity to assist progress made and to safeguard the implementation of ICPD programmes of action.

“Investment has increase in the provision of youth friendly health services, as well as comprehensive sexuality includes HIV Aids awareness campaign. Over the years, countries have been testified efforts towards sexual and reproductive health. As young people, is your responsibility to promote gender equity and hold leaders accountable,” he explained.

He reiterated the commitment of the UN system in supporting national efforts towards achieving the goals of ICPD programmes of action, and stresses the need to for young people to contribute their quarters in developments.

Dr. Isatou Touray, the Vice President of The Gambia explained that the imitative that brings young people from diverse countries will create a fertile ground for constructive discussion on the idle of the ICPD and what African can gain on the agenda to transform the continent.

“The government of The Gambia believes in the universal access to Reproductive Health information. As a government, we continue to demonstrate high political will in the provision of health and Reproductive Health to all,” she said.

She reiterated government’s continuous partnership and collaboration with stakeholders such as UNFPA The Gambia in ensuring development through demographic dividend.

Author: Pa Modou Cham