UN charges youth to be change agents

By Helen Oji Abuja-

Deputy United Nations Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, has charged Nigerian youth to be the world’s change agents and torchbearers, so has to aff ect other peoples lives positively.

She said this recently at the youth forum at the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in New York. “Fine words do not produce food, the world desperately needs the youth and she is counting on them to be the change agents, torchbearers.” She said While demanding an allencompassing participation in development aff airs, she submits: “We will never achieve 100% of our goals if we exclude 50% of our population.” “Everyone has a journey, every step matters. All experiences strengthen you and others she charges the youths, “My job description is simple: to build a world where every girl and boy has the tools and support to make their dreams a reality.” She added Th e forum is seen as a critical opportunity for young people and adolescents in all their diversities to convene in advance of the offi cial opening of CSW to amplify their common concerns and advocacy eff orts. According to the UN, “the Youth Forum is a safe space for young people, particularly young women and girls, to openly, and strategically discuss the challenges and opportunities in their local, national, regional and global contexts in accelerating progress to achieve gender equality and sustainable development.”