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International Youth Day Celebrations - 12th August, 2016

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 THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA    Ministry of Gender, Labour
and Social Development
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8th August, 2016

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This subject please quote No.       YCH 217/218/01        
        
STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR YOUTH AND CHILDREN AFFAIRS AT THE MEDIA CENTRE

SUBJECT:    International Youth Day Celebrations - 12th August, 2016

•    Fellow countrymen and women,
•    The media Fraternity,
•    Distinguished ladies and gentlemen.

I am here this morning to address you about the International Youth Day - a day celebrated every year to take stock of the interventions we have put in place to empower the youth of our country.

The Day also provides an excellent opportunity for us to audit our interventions in the empowerment of our young people.

The theme for this year's IYD is "The road to 2030; Eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable production and consumption." The theme is focused towards our  commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and more specifically to the following three goals;

Goal 1:    End poverty in all its forms everywhere
This goal has 7 targets and envisages eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions as an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

It is important for all Ugandans to note that poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Poverty is a manifestation that includes deficiencies in addressing food security,  hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making. Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality. This is what as Government is our critical Undertaking and to this end, Government under YLP Programme has accessed young people to over 60 Billion to enable them meaningfully participate in wealth creation.

Goal 8:    Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

This goal has 10 targets and it requires societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs that stimulate the economy while not harming the environment. Job opportunities and decent working conditions are also required for the whole working age population.

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
This goal has 11 targets and is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty while increasing the quality of life.

Fellow countrymen and women, In addition to making these areas our main focus in the empowerment of youth, Government will focus strongly on the Presidential Guiding Principle 21 on youth development;
•    Raising the ideological level of the youth
•    Fundamental skills development base of young people
•    Mindset change and productivity enhancement
•    Reproductive health enhancement and;
•    Deliberate efforts to invest and promote the creative industry thus - music, dance and drama, sports and games plus the tourism sector.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am happy to announce to you that this year's International Youth Day celebrations will take place at St. Charles Lwanga College in Koboko District.

H. E the president will be our chief celebrant. You are all invited to attend and also encouraged to organize celebrations at the various administration levels.

Collectively, we can make a difference in the lives of our young people by eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable production and consumption
FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY

FLORENCE NAKIWALA KIYINGI
MoS Y&CA