UN in new push for women, youth support
United Nations (UN) has identified decent jobs in the green and blue economies and other key sectors of growth in the creative economy to unlock the potential of youth in Kenya.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya Dr Stephen Jackson (pictured) said priority will be given to youths between ages 15 to 34 especially, young women, youth with disability and those in the arid and semi-arid land counties and informal urban settlements.
Dr Jackson said it is important for young people to be meaningfully engaged in decision making and given appropriate opportunities for work to innovate, saying that the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development Youth Policy that will soon be adopted, will open opportunities for the young people
“UN has long recognised that young people are not just passengers on the journey to development but are key drivers and accelerators of change, fuel for economic growth and the innovators of technology,” he added.
He, at the same time, announced that several UN agencies have come together to develop the UN Kenya joint programmes on youth skills, employability and civic engagement that calls for scaled up investments towards youth support and empowerment efforts.
Dr Jackson made the remarks yesterday in a speech read on his behalf by the UN Resident Coordinator Kenya Youth and Partnership Advisor Stephen Gichohi during the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) High Level Technical Experts and Ministerial meeting on the IGAD Youth Policy Framework held at a Nairobi hotel.
The two-day meeting has drawn technical experts from the IGAD Member States of Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Djibouti, South Sudan, Sudan and Ethiopia to develop a comprehensive roadmap and action plan for implementing the IGAD Youth Policy Framework that will be used at the institutional, national and regional levels.
It will guide and mainstream youth priorities in policies, laws, and programmes aimed at empowering youth and ensuring their meaningful participation in political processes.
The document will be presented at the Ministerial meeting on Wednesday September 27 this year for adoption by the Council of Ministers responsible for youth affairs in the region, providing a vital policy and strategic direction for holistic youth development.
Jackson lauded Kenya government for its efforts to address unemployment and labour underutilisation challenge among the youth through the Bottom-up Economic Transformation Agenda flagship initiatives.