The Gambia is set to host first-ever West Africa Youth Leaders Forum on Population and Development ahead of the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 in November 2019.
The event which is expected to be held in Banjul on 23 – 24th Octbober 2019, forms part of collective efforts to amplify, capture the voices and contributions of West African Youth towards the achievement of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) agenda.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the ground breaking International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which took place in Cairo, Egypt, in September 1994.
Thus the theme chosen is: ‘’ICPD25, The Contributions of West African Youth to Accelerating the Promise’’.
The forum is expected to bring together 100 youth leaders from national youth councils, youth-led/serving civil society organisations and youth-focused movements and networks across the West Africa and Sahel regions who are directly involved in the implementation of projects or initiatives at grassroots level that advances the ICPD agenda.
Objectives of the #ICPD25ECOWAS
A major outcome of the forum will be the West African youth position paper to the world leaders at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 on November 12-14. The key objectives of this first ever sub-regional youth forum are to: Amplify the voices of young people and children particularly the adolescent in ICPD conversation; Provide a platform for youth and youth organisations to share their own specific experiences and challenges with regard to the implementation of ICPD programme of action; and Give young people the opportunity to make recommendations for improvement beyond the Nairobi Summit and take ownership of the implementation and monitoring thereof.
Important high level dignitaries from government ministries, key partner civil society organisations, the UN System, diplomatic missions and other development partners are expected to grace the official opening of the forum.
Her Excellency Dr. Isatou Touray, Vice President of Republic of The Gambia will deliver the Opening Statement.
The conference is jointly organized by the African Youth Commission (AYC) and The Gambia National Youth Council under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in partnership with the West African Health Organization (WAHO), UNFPA The Gambia, AfriYAN Gambia, Plan International, Women First Digital and SheDecides Movement.