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Published On: Mon, May 12th, 2014

Minister calls for establishment of UN agency on youth

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By Albert Akota

The Minister of Youth Development, Mr. Boni Haruna has added his voice to the call for the establishment of a United Nations agency on Youth similar to the United Nations Agency on Women.

Speaking at the just-concluded World Conference on Youth 2014 at Colombo, Sri Lanka, the Minister during the presentation of the country position to the about 169 delegates from across the world, claimed that the establishment of such an institutional platform under the United Nations System will afford the youth of the world a global voice.

Alluding to the recent creation of Commonwealth Youth Council, Mr. Boni Haruna reasoned that the youths will be given a platform to harness their resources and contribute significantly to world debate and development through a single coordinated voice.

The Minister, while presenting the country’s position on youth matters, revealed that the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration was conceived as a development strategy for effective transformation of the youth sector especially in the post 2015 sustainable development agenda.

Continuing, the Minister averred that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has done considerably well in addressing youth challenges and in moving the sector forward through pro-active and economic based programmes and initiatives.

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