UNFPA engages youths on inclusion, solution

The Population Fund (UNFPA) Wednesday a cross-section of youths the need for inclusion and solution to challenges confronting .

The News of Nigeria (NAN) reports engagement was done the platform of Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), in commemoration of the World Health Day, annually marked April 7 around the world.

The World Health Day has “Together for a Fairer, Healthier World” as its theme.

The day is to raise awareness on urgent action to eliminate health inequities and mobilise measures to attain better health for all and no one , especially as the COVID-19 pandemic caused grave consequences for people already experiencing inequities.

The UNFPA Country Representative, Ms Ulla Muller, described the youth engagement as “a very important step in achieving Sustainable Development Goals.”

Muller urged the youths to drive the desired change with their innovative ideas in various platforms.

The country representative called on youths to always be focused and determined in the desired change needed for social and national development.

She said “I want the youths to always be focused and determined to bring about solution to issues affecting .”

One of the youths, Mr Ekanem Itoro of the Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), described youths as “resilient and dedicated people with the capacity to excel in an enabling environment.”

Itoro, therefore, urged government at all levels to create an enabling environment for adolescents and youths to triumph.

Ms Loretta Enofe-Laurel of Girls’ Power (GPI) Nigeria, said that investment in youths was key to achieving the UN SDGs.

Enofe-Laurel called for inclusion of youths in deliberations for programmes that concerned . (NAN)