Friday, 24 May 2013
PRESS RELEASE Nº20/21st AU SUMMIT
" African Youth Forum Opens Ahead of their Dialogue with the
African Heads of State"
Addis Ababa, 22nd May 2013: The African Youth Forum kicked off today with an energizing mobilization song, ‘We are Solutions’performed by young people from 27 African countries and the Diaspora at the African Union Commission (AUC). The African Youth Forum which is part of the ongoing celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the OAU/AU, is being held under the theme: "The Africa we want to see in 2063".
The African Youth Forum, which is being organised by the African Union in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and UNDP called on the participants to develop a concrete agenda for the development of Africa. Secretary General of the Pan African Youth Union (UPJ), Ms. Tendai Wenyika, during her opening remarks said,“securing the future of Africa is a matter of urgency that requires the active involvement of the youth as they will be the ultimate custodians of this legacy.”
Hon. Anatole Collinet Makosso, President of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Youth (COMY), underscored the fact that the youth are the key and the path to the future of Africa and noted that this requires sustainable investment in their future.
Dr. Paul Martial Ikunga, African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, and representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma at the meeting made the following passionate appeal to the youth: "Dare to make Africa your dream, unleash your creative energies and your capacity for innovation, and communicate your vision of Africa."
The three-day forum will address issues relating to Pan Africanism and African Renaissance and aims to fashion ‘Agenda 2063’ as part of the vision of Africa’s youth for the next fifty years. The Youth Forum is being held in preparation for the intergenerational dialogue with African heads of state scheduled for May 24, 2013.
Breaking News — President Yoweri Museveni Thursday made changes to his cabinet, moving Army Chief Gen Aronda Nyakairima as Internal Affairs minister. In other changes, Mary Karooro Okurut moves to the Gender Ministry as John Narsasira goes to ICT while Ruhakana Rugunda moves to the Ministry of Health. Former Health Minister Odoa becomes a Presidential Advisor on Health. Rose Namayanja takes over as the New Minister of Information and National Guidance replacing Mary Okurut.