Africa: Call for Youth Development Goal Grows

Written by Crystal Orderson, on All Africa:

“Africa has the largest generation of young people in its history and the calls are growing louder for a Millennium Development Goal, MDG, and specific goal for young people. And the call for this is growing stronger.

It is estimated that nearly one in three people living in Sub-Sahara Africa, or about 297 million, is between the ages of 10 and 24. The World’s Youth 2013 Data sheet compiled by the Population Reference Bureau said by 2050, this age group is projected to double to about 561 million. With these statistics it is no wonder there is a growing chorus of people that are calling for specific MDG for young people.

With less than 750 days to the end of the millennium development goals, there is a growing chorus of people asking for youth to have its own development goal in the post 2015 agenda.

Addressing the Ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the17th International Conference of HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STIs) in Africa, ICASA in Cape Town this week, UNFPA’s Dr Julitta Onabanjo said it was important to support young people.

“There should be a commitment that young people are at the centre of youth development.”

With former Botswana President, Festus Mogae and other influential African Ministers in the audience, Onabanjo used the opportunity to ask the question: “As we are defining the post 2015 development agenda, you must advocate for a youth goal?””

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