Several countries and organisations, under the auspices of the United Nations, have reaffirmed their commitment to continue to work to provide a better field of action for youth in general, taking into account that this group will form part of the decisions that affect the development of humanity. Equatorial Guinea was represented by the Third Deputy Ambassador, Amparo Mele Colifa, who asked for greater commitment with respect to support for youth, while underlining the importance that the Government of our country gives to this group.
Equatorial Guinea, conscious of the importance of inter-generational dialogue, took part in the open debate held on 23rd April in the Security Council chamber, on Youth, Peace and Security, aimed at the implementation of government policies in support of youth to encourage their significant participation in matters regarding Peace and Security, given that, according to the UN member States and organisations connected to the body, the youth constitutes an indispensable factor in the culture of peace.
The debate was called by Peru, the country which holds the presidency of the Council during April. In addition to following a report on the current situation with regards to the steps taken to provide greater coverage of activities led by young people, they also heard speeches on the achievements in the sector, and the difficulties faced by young people in their daily lives, which makes full integration in social activities difficult.
Amparo Mele Colifa, after thanking the presidency of Peru for organising the debate, and congratulating the General Secretary’s Envoy on matters regarding youth, underlined the satisfaction with which Malabo received the independent study on the progress made in relation to Peace and Security, and then expressed her concern for the 400 million young people who are living in environments affected by armed conflict, terrorist groups and organised crime, as on many occasions these organisations have used young people, who unfortunately end up serving violent causes.
In another moment during her speech she said that Equatorial Guinea held the First National Youth Conference in 2010, which led to the adoption of national policies to facilitate political, economic, social and cultural rights for young people; policies which include study grant systems, both at a national and international level, access to decent housing, and initiatives to create decent employment, within the framework of the Horizonte 2020 national development plan.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea