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Young Voices Network Zimbabwe
January 13, 2011
We the young
people herein gathered in Dar El Salaam at the UN-Habitat opportunity
youth fund workshop for 16 beneficiary organizations from, Ghana,
Kenya, Nigeria, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen
and Zimbabwe in partnership with Tanzania Women Land Access Trust
Convinced that Africa's and the world's
greatest resource is its youth (60% of the continents population)
and that through their productive participation Africa and indeed
the world can surmount its greatest challenge of poverty, climate
change, gender inequality, democracy and governance.
Noting with great concern the situation of young
people many of whom are excluded from mainstream society as a result
of unemployment, underemployment, the HIV & AIDS epidemic, poverty
and hunger, illiteracy and poor education, poor access to health,
and lack of access to information.
Alarmed at the continuous social exclusion of young
people from mainstream society and decision making
Acknowledging the commitments already made towards
addressing youth concerns in the Millennium Development Goals, African
Youth Charter, Convention on the Rights of the Child, UN programme
of action on Youth and inviting partners to reaffirm their commitment.
that the promotion and protection of the rights of young people
also demands the performance of duties by the youth as by all other
Guided by the African Youth Charter, Convention on the Rights of
the Child, and other international charters that seek to promote
Responding to the call by the UN Secretary General
that "Youth should be given a chance to take an active part
in decision-making at local, national and global levels."
Encouraged by the appointment of Monique Coleman
as the UN Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth; and
encouraged too by the existence of the UN Interagency Network on
Youth Development and the UN General Assembly resolution 64/134
proclaiming the International Year of Youth and calling for a World
Youth Conference under the auspices of the UN as the highlight of
the International Year of Youth.
Therefore call on the United Nations to set up a
specialized agency for young people as a matter of economic, social,
political and demographic necessity that will, inter alia, provide
financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and
strategies that promote young people's rights, youth political
participation and youth economic security.
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