INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY: YOUTH CHALLENGED TO BE INNOVATIVE AND RESPONSIBLE
17 August 2023
International Youth Day, recognizes and commemorates the significant contributions and innovative ideas of young people.
The United Nations in South Sudan, in collaboration with the National Ministry of Youth and Sports and youth led organizations, commemorated the International Youth Day at STEM center, Juba University. The celebration anchored on the youth day theme, “Green Skills for Youth: Towards A Sustainable World" highlights the significant role young people play in driving sustainable development through green skills.
Speaking at the event, the Country Representative of the Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) called on the youth to be exemplary, and responsible. “Youth comes with responsibility, let’s bring out all efforts together to synchronize. Young people must demonstrate and take on the responsibilities that will enhance the development of the country.
Youth planted over 100 trees, marking the launch of an initiative to green Juba and South Sudan.
The acting UN Resident Coordinator reminded the gathering that South Sudan is one of the most youthful countries in Africa. He called for sustained mobilization of partnership to realize Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Young people are the biggest asset in South Sudan, it is important that youth organize themselves and take responsibility for their community and country” he said.
Commenting on the theme: green skills for youth towards a sustainable world. He noted that it connects young people and the environment. He urged young people to work together to protect the environment.
“We can use our environment to make money, today we will plant a hundred trees, we aim to plant one million. When matured, trees can be sold and bring income said the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Hon. Africano Bartel. He advised youth to plant trees as a way of conserving the environment.
South Sudan, like many other countries, faces significant climate and environmental challenges, including floods, heat waves, deforestation, land degradation, water scarcity, and biodiversity loss. These challenges have adverse effects on both present and future generations, particularly impacting young people’s health, wellbeing and livelihood opportunities. A green economy offers the potential for new sustainable opportunities for young people.
International Youth Day, designated by the UN on the 12 August annually, recognizes and commemorates the significant contributions and innovative ideas of young people worldwide.