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Our African Youth Charter, which was adopted by the African Union and its member states, affirms that “Africa’s greatest resource is its youthful population and that through their active and full participation; Africans can surmount the difficulties that lie ahead”. Despite this bold statement, many young South Africans continue to feel disenfranchised and without substantive …

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Universal Children’s Day is a United Nations initiative promoting togetherness, awareness and improved welfare of children across the globe. The observance was established in 1954 and is celebrated on 20 November each year.

On 25 October Youth@SAIIA hosted a one-day workshop with intelligent, passionate young delegates from across Africa between the ages of 13 and 23.

This year’s official South African youth delegate to COP23 is Youth Policy Committee Member and Gauteng Focal Point, Ditebogo Lebea. Ditebogo is 20 years old, and is a second-year student at Wits University. She will be providing us daily updates from Bonn for the duration of the conference.

Each year, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) holds a special Southern Africa Civil Society Forum. The 13th annual Forum took place last week, in Johannesburg. Members of the SAIIA Youth Policy Committee and alumni of the SAIIA Young Leaders Conference were there, to provide an eye-witness account of the proceedings.

International Youth Day, celebrated on 12 August 2017, is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention, inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. Naafia Amod from SAIIA’s Youth Programme argues that African youth are uniquely placed to provide inclusive and informed leadership through the challenges facing our shared world.

International Youth Day, celebrated on 12 August 2017, is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention, inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. Gugulethu Resha from SAIIA’s Youth Policy Committee reflects here on some of the contributions already being made by South African youth.

In a time of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which South Africa has committed to, all sectors and stakeholders are required to participate, incorporate and implement the SDGs into their operations.

Youth@SAIIA has partnered with UNICEF South Africa to raise awareness on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues. In October 2016, we did a series of WASH related model UNICEF conferences, and have invited some of the participants to write for our youth blog as they continue their work on wash in 2017.

Walburga Khumalo is a member of the Youth Policy Committee, and is SAIIA’S Youth Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. She is currently attending the 55th Commission on Social Development, which is focusing on ‘Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all’.

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