The Equatorial Guinean government, together with the agencies of the United Nations and the NGOs Africa Huna and Potencial Juvenil, celebrate International Youth Day with a series of commemorative activities.
Under the theme of Transforming education, a series of activities were carried out among which included, talks, debates, theatre, dancing and poetry to celebrate International Youth Day. The event took place in the function room of the United Nations building and at Hotel Anda in Malabo where more than 50 young people participated, who were chosen by the NGOs that organized the event.
This year, International Youth Day focuses on the fourth Sustainable Development Goal in the 2030 Agenda that pursues to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The ceremony commenced with the reading of a message by the Secretary-General of the United Nations Organisation (UN), Antonio Guterres. Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was allocated the task of reading the message.
Next, Director General of Youth, Ambrosio Mba Fadipe, emphasized in his speech that: we commit to the future of humanity each time we commemorate Youth Day. He also reminded young people that they are valuable because they bring innovative ideas into the present time, and are future professionals, which is an essential part to achieve the necessary change in the country.
Work groups were then formed dedicated to the four chosen themes: education, health, gender and business venture. Following the debate and group reflection, the participants became aware of the importance to take responsibility of their own training, and that their voice must be heard. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) took advantage of the occasion to launch its new corporate strategy for adolescents and young people: My body, my life, my world! The expectation for this initiative is to focus on young people in accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals, the alignments with the United Nations strategy for 2030 youth, as well as the UNFPA’s strategic plan for 2018-2021.
The Official for the UNFPA’s Reproductive Health Programmes, Donaciano Francisco Eyegue, gave a speech on family planning during which he emphasized the importance of protecting ourselves against sexually transmitted diseases, as well as unwanted pregnancy. Following his speech, condoms and informative documents on family planning were handed out to all the young people.
The conference ended with a speech by the Coordinator of Strategic Planning for UNICEF in Equatorial Guinea, Alejandro Escalona Aguero, who expressed his gratitude to the participation of the organisers and to the young people in particular. At the same time, he encouraged the young people to show their value in the important process of socio-economic change taking place in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, and not as witnesses, but rather as active creators of the future.
International Youth Day was established by the United Nations in 1999 as a means to increase awareness of problems that affect young people all over the world.
Source: Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office