Accra, 2nd August,2018

As part of efforts to mobilize stakeholder support and solicit their inputs into the planning of the 2nd edition of African Youth SDGs Summit which will take place from 7th – 9th November,2018 at the Accra International Conference Centre-Ghana,the Convener of the African Youth SDGs Summit, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and SDGs Advisory Unit at Ghana`s Office of the President met at the Presidential Villa, to discuss the summit planning progress.

Dr. Eugene Owusu, Special Advisor to the President on SDGs , His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, applauded the Summit Secretariat and UNFPA for the progress made in the preparation towards the summit. He indicated that the role of the  SDGs Advisory Unit formed in August 2017 serves as a technical anchor for SDGs-related advisory support to the President of Ghana in his global role as Co-chair of UN Secretary General’s Eminent Group of Advocates on the SDGs.

Pledging his support towards the summit and to the  youth’s active participation in the implementation  of  the SDGs, he informed that the Unit as part of its core mandate has launched an initiative “Africa Innovates for the SDGs”, an Africa –wide competition to award EarlyStage Innovators who will submit innovative ideas that contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. This he said serves as a platform to drive private and public-sector support for the SDGs and increase the understanding and awareness among the public and key stakeholders about the SDGs.

Speaking on behalf of the Country Representative of UNFPA, the National Programme Analyst, Adjoa Nyanteng Yenyi also confirmed UNFPA’s support to the summit. She noted that UNFPA has a mandate to empower young people and to place young people first in their activities, hence their commitment to support the summit technically and financially.

“In an era of an unprecedented number of youth living today in countries most in need of development, we are convinced that this generation will largely drive the outcome of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They will also be the ones who will have to live with the results”, Adjoa Nyanteng Yenyi noted.

Emmanuel Ametepey, Convener of the Summit, expressed his gratitude to the SDGs Advisory Unit for their support and inputs into the summit preparation.