Tony Muhumuza, an economist working with the United Nations Development Programme UNDP, says the youth ought to stop thinking that the world owes them a living. Instead, he notes, they should take an active role in shaping the world by taking part in achieving the sustainable development goals.
Tony Muhumuza, an economist working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), says the youth ought to stop thinking that the world owes them a living. Instead, he notes, they should take an active role in shaping the world by taking part in achieving the 2030 agenda.
The DGs, officially known as Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, are intergovernmental set of aspirations with 17 goals and 169 targets. They were adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 as a development framework that replaces and builds on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals.
Some of the goals highlighted in the agenda include reducing inequality within and among countries; making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable; ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns; and combating climate change and its impacts. Also on the list are ending poverty; ending hunger and achieving food security; ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all; and providing equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.
And now Muhumuza highlights three key areas that youth can step in to contribute to the achievement of these goals. The areas are Popularising Agenda, Influencing planning and Monitoring programmes.
Speaking in Kampala yesterday at an event organised by the UN Children's agency - UNICEF, Muhumuza said the youth can play this role without having to look for money. At the event, participants discussed the role of the youth in implementing and monitoring of the SDGs in Uganda.
At the same event, Paul Okitoi, the Head of Economic and Strategic Planning at the National Planning Authority, said there are many opportunities for youth both in the rural and urban areas to realise their potential within the SDG framework.
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He says the SDGs are already integrated in the national planning, adding that the youth ought to position themselves to tap into the available opportunities.
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Representatives from different youth organisations societies also shared their views and hopes for the future. Elias Kiyonga, the Coordinator for Enterprise and Life skills from the Youth After School Institute, speaks out on how the youth were unable to make their impact on the Millennium Development Goals that shaped the world development agenda between 2000 and 2015.
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Kiyonga says some most of the challenges the youth face have existed long before the SDG agenda was raised in 2015. He believes the issues should be addressed with or without help from organisations like the UN.
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Kakaire Ashiaf Sharae, a communications officer for Open Space, another youth-oriented organisation, said that government should not just involve the youth in "decision making, the decisions made should be meaningful to the youth.