Nations Secretary General Special Envoy on Youth has had a fruitful engagement
with Gambian young people during her four-day visit to the country which ended
Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake’s visit was meant to meet young people on the ground, learn about the work they are doing and issues they are facing, provide a platform for youth voices to be heard at the country level and bring United Nations closer to youth and galvanise momentum to deliver on commitments to empower and enable young people to achieve their full potential.
She also met with government officials; civil society leaders, UN agency representatives and other key partners to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities faced by young people in Africa and participate in youth-focused events. During her stay in the country, the envoy joined with young people to raise awareness on the importance of investing in youth development to advance a more sustainable and peaceful future.
The entire Gambian young people are hopeful that Ms. Wickramanayake visit to the country will open a new space of hope for them from the United nations.
She arrived in The Gambia February 4 by land from neighboring country Senegal and she was received at The Gambia-Senegal border at Amdalai by Gambian youth led by the National Youth Council (NYC), UNFPA and UN officials.
On February 5, she attended and gave a statement at the opening on the second International Forum on FGM in The Gambia held on the Commemoration of the International Day of Zero Tolerance on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
She also addressed Gambia’s National Assembly and participated in a town hall meeting at the University of The Gambia Law faculty where she had an interface with young people across the country and in a validation workshop for opportunities for youth employment, entrepreneurship, and skills development plans on three selected sectors: ICT, Nuts & Agro processing organised by Youth Empowerment Project (YEP - Gambia)