Center for Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development (CEPASDAfrica) has tasked global youths to take global action for sustainable peace and development. This was stated by the Executive Director, Center Peace Advocacy and Sustainable development CEPASDAfrica Amb. Igweshi Augustine during a two days global youth engagement summit webinar event held on the 28 & 29 August, 2020 via Virtual platform Using Zoom App. The Global Youth Engagement Summit webinar was to commemorate international youth day.
Amb. Igweshi Augustine shed more light what international day is about and the global youth engagement challenge.
The World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in August 1998 recommended a celebration of International Youth Day. In 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers of Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day. International Youth Day gives a chance to celebrate and mainstream young people’s voices, actions, and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement. UNFPA report has it that there over 1.8 billion youth between the age of 15 to 24 are in the world today and 90% of the youth population are living in developing country like Nigeria.The theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action” seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced. As the United Nations turns 75, and with only 10 years remaining to make the 2030 Agenda a reality for all, trust in public institutions is eroding. At the international level, against the backdrop of an increasingly polarized world, the international system of governance is currently undergoing a crisis of legitimacy and relevance. In particular, this crisis is rooted in the need to strengthen the capacity of the international system to act in concert and implement solutions to pressing challenges and threats.
Global Youth Engagement Summit is a program of Center for Peace Advocacy and Sustainable development CEPASDAfrica a youth focused non governmental organization working in the area of Peace building, violent extremism prevention, Gender based violence and Sustainable development goal.
The 2020 Global Youth Engagement Summit is collaboration with GYHMA, the summit seeks to highlight the ways through which the engagement of young people can foster sustainable development, promote peace building, entrepreneurship, leadership and SDGs while mentoring them on Nations Building, development and sustainable engagement. Its our firm belief that the youths form the fulcrum of nations building and development
Therefore meaningful engagement and participation of young people which must be addressed effectively and concerted global action must be taken because young people have the tenacity, capacity, passion and strength to take global action for the realization of UN agenda 2030 and beyond
To attain sustainable development, the human capacity development of younger population must be prioritized. Therefore The main aim of Global Youth Engagement Summit 2020 is to bring youth together from different part of the world on a discourse on building youth resilience for global action to achieve sustainable development both at local and global level also to celebrate the contributions of young people in driving sustainable development aroud the world
The main point of 2020 youth engagement summit is the Youth Engagement Challenge which involve young people making a two minutes video pitch explaining how youth engagement for global action will help create a better society. A total of 7 videos was received, which was played during the webinar event and participants voted for the most impactful video, a Zambian youth Mr. Ngosa emerged winner of the youth engagement challenge pitch competition while Riya from India came second. Global Youth Engagement Summit webinar had participants from across the world. Ngosa on his speech as the winner of the pitch stated that he have been inspired to take global action by making impact and becoming a responsible and better youth to help create a better society both his generation and generations to come.
Amb. Igweshi Augustine charged Ngosa and participants to begin to take global action for sustainable peace and development both at local, national and global level because youth can create the society they want by meaningfully engaging in both humanitarian works, Peace building, advocacy, policies, leadership, politics, entrepreneurship and SDGs.