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Uganda: Sierra Leone dele expected at Youth Forum

By  | 15 July 2010 at 01:52 | 795 views

Country delegates between the ages of 16 – 29 years are expected from 52 AU member states including Sierra Leone to participate the first ever Africa Youth Forum as a pre-event to the African Union Heads of State Summit.

According to the organizers -the 2010 AYF Secretariat- together with UNICEF Uganda the three day conference which begins on the 17th and ends 19th July is aimed at providing a platform for discussion and recommendations from youth delegates concerning maternal and child health and general development as contribution as a contribution to the AU Heads of State Summit in July 2010.

The opening ceremony which will be presided over by H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda, General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will take place on the afternoon of 17th July, 2010 at Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel Entebbe in Clinton Pavilion followed by a sumptuous reception in the Hotel Gardens.

The three day deliberation, according to the organisers, specifically intends to position African youth as critical players in the continent’s development and to influence the highest level of decision makers. It also intends to make participants learn and understand what young people in Africa think about “Achieving Maternal and Child Health Goals” and better understand the most effective ways to transmit their thinking to leaders whose decisions will strongly affect the young people living in Africa.

According to Sierra Leone’s Deputy Consul General in Nairobi, Abdul Kargbo(pictured), this being the first Youth Forum of its kind, it will ensure that such an African Youth Forum becomes an integral and regular component of future African Union Heads of State Summits to ensure that African Youth can communicate with their continental leaders and make their voices heard.

‘At the moment I cannot confirm who are going to represent Sierra Leone for this youth forum but I am expecting the country’s participation’ the Deputy Consul affirmed.

Other activities to mark this memorable meeting will include a Cultural Night where the various delegates will showcase their traditional costumes and an exhibition that will run throughout that forum period. Delegates are therefore encouraged to carry some items for exhibition in line with the theme.

It could be recalled that the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality (CARMMA) is a major initiative driven by the Department of Social Affairs(DSA) and launched in May 2009 on the theme: “Africa Cares: No Woman should Die while Giving Life”.

CARMMA is derived from key priority areas enshrined in the 2005 AU Policy Framework for the Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Africa and the Maputo Plan of Action (2006). Maternal and Child Health will be the theme of the 2010 July AU Assembly to be held in Kampala, Uganda.