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2030 Youth Alliance commends youth for promotion of peace

Accra Aug. 11, GNA –
The 2030 Youth Alliance, a coalition of youth-led civil society organisation
has congratulated all young people in Ghana and Africa for their positive
contribution towards the promotion of peace and security.

A statement signed by
Mr Emmanuel Ametepey, the Convener, 2030 Youth Alliance and copied to the Ghana
News Agency said every year, August 12, was set aside by the United Nations as
International Youth Day, in order to recognise the pivotal role of young people
and encourage their participation in nation building.

It said on December 9
2015, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and
Security.

“This historic
document is the first of its kind to acknowledge the positive role of young
people in building sustainable peace, and further underscores the need for
governments and other stakeholders to support the youth in this role.

“Subsequently, the UN
Security Council Resolution 2282 (2016) further emphasises that the scale and
challenges of building sustainable peace requires partnership among
stakeholders, including young people and youth organisations.

“The African Youth
Charter recognises the important role of the youth in promoting peace and non-violence
and the lasting physical and psychological scars that result from involvement
in violence, armed conflict and wars.

“The National Youth
Policy of Ghana also identifies peace and security as essential prerequisites
for development, the absence of which threatens good governance and nation
building. 

“The National Youth
Policy of Ghana further identifies the critical need to promote conflict
prevention among the youth as a major stakeholder in peace building and also
oblige government in collaboration with other stakeholders to promote active
youth participation in conflict prevention, resolution and in peace building.

“Towards this end, we
consider the theme for this year’s celebration dubbed: “Youth Building
Peace” as appropriate.

The statement said
unfortunately, in Ghana, the potentials of the youth in peace building and
conflict prevention has not been fully exploited.

For instance, the
National Peace Council Act 818 (2011) makes no provision for youth
representation and participation in peace building efforts.

It said a recent study
conducted by the 2030 Youth Alliance also revealed that young people were
recognised in Ghana as trouble makers; with majority of the respondents
pointing to the activities of party vigilante youth groups as one of the
greatest threats to the country’s political stability.

It said consequently,
the youth were neither recognised as effective peace agents nor incorporated
into both the traditional and formal peace architecture of the country.

“Hence, as we mark
this special day, 2030 Youth Alliance wishes to call on government, traditional
rulers, the peace council and other peace building agencies to streamline youth
participation into peace building and conflict prevention processes in Ghana.

“On the other hand, to
curtail the activities of political party youth vigilante groups, we further
call on government to create more economic and livelihood opportunities for the
youth through skills training while streamlining its social protection policies,
such as the youth employment programme to benefit all young people in Ghana,
rather than a section of …party youth.

“Finally, we call on
government and the private sector to fully resource the National Youth
Authority at the district level to deliver on their mandate to develop a strong
and discipline youth imbued with the spirit of Nationalism, self-reliance,
leadership, civic responsibility and a sense of public service and morality.

The 2030 Youth
Alliance is a coalition of youth-led civil society organisations working to
ensure that African youth drive the implementation of the United Nation`s 2030
Agenda for Sustainable Development in Africa.

The members are made
of Youth Advocates Ghana (YAG), AKO Foundation, Centre for Development and Policy
Advocacy (CEDEPA-Ghana), Kairos Ladies Network, Lord Agbavor Foundation, Arrows
Communications and Media Consult and Youth AID Initiative Ghana.

The 2030 Youth
Alliance is the convener of the First African Youth SDG Summit scheduled to
take place from November 1- November 2, at the Kofi Annan International Peace
Keeping Training Center, Accra Ghana in collaboration with the Ministry of
Youth and Sports with support from UNDP Ghana.

GNA

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