COMMONWEALTH YOUTH MINISTERS COMMIT TO RESOLVING CHALLENGES FACED BY THE YOUTH

KAMPALA, The 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting in Kampala has committed to resolving the myriad challenges which are faced by youth within the 52-nation Commonwealth, says Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.

She told reporters here over the weekend that the ministers of the 20 Commonwealth countries which had attended the meeting here last week, had unanimously agreed during a closed-door session that the youth are critical to national development.

They (the Ministers) pledged to redouble their efforts to mobilise adequate financing and resourcing for youth development and resolved to take concrete action to empower and address the specific needs of the marginalized young people, she added.

The ministers also committed to improving young people's access to health services and agreed to support their need for participation in national decision-making institutions.

Scotland said Commonwealth countries could deliver a positive future for their young people if the governments, stakeholders and youth worked together.

The meeting, which is held once in four years, opened on July 31 and ended on Aug 4 and attracted delegations of stakeholders and youth leaders from 32 countries.

During the meeting, three parallel forums were held to discuss issues affecting the youth while suggesting solutions. The forums included the young leader's forum, the senior officials forum and a stakeholders forum.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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