By The World Satellite.
Globally, International Youth Day, which celebrated on August 12 yearly, gives a chance to celebrate and mainstream young people’s voices, actions, and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement.
This year’s theme; “Youth Engagement for Global Action” seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.
In recognition of the above, a pro-peace and youth development advocacy group; Center for Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development (CEPASDAfrica) has urged youths globally to take global action for sustainable peace and development. This call was made during a two day global youth engagement webinar summit held over the weekend to commemorate the International Youth Day.
While speaking at the Summit organized by CEPASDAfrica in collaboration with GYHMA, the Executive Director of CEPASD; Amb. Igweshi Augustine informed that the Global Youth Engagement Summit seeks to highlight ways through which the engagement of young people can foster sustainable development, promote peace building, entrepreneurship, leadership and SDGs while mentoring them on Nations Building, development and sustainable engagement.
Explaining further, Amb. Igweshi noted that meaningful engagement and participation of young people must be addressed effectively and concerted global action taken. This is because, according to him, young people have the tenacity, capacity, passion and strength to take global action for the realization of UN agenda 2030 and beyond.
“To attain sustainable development, the human capacity development of younger population must be prioritized. Therefore the main aim of Global Youth Engagement Summit 2020 is to bring youth together from different parts of the world on a discourse on building youth resilience for global action to achieve sustainable development both at local and global level. More so, to celebrate the contributions of young people in driving sustainable development around the world”, Mr. Igweshi revealed.
The main point of the Youth Engagement Summit was the an engagement challenge, which involved young people making a two minutes video-pitch explaining how youth engagement for global action will help create a better society.
A total of 7 videos where received and played at the webinar event during when participants voted for the most impactful video. A Zambian youth; Mr. Ngosa emerged winner of the youth engagement challenge video-pitch competition while Riya from India came second.
Amb. Igweshi Augustine charged Ngosa and other participants to begin to take global action for sustainable peace and development at local, national and global levels because youths can create the society they want by meaningfully engaging in both humanitarian works, Peace building, advocacy, policies, leadership, politics, entrepreneurship and SDGs.