23 Mar 2018
The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Youth Forum – Kenya Chapter hosted a one-day workshop on the “Role of Youth towards Sustainable Development Goals and United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 – Youth, Peace and Security”. This interactive session was held as a result of the deliberations and recommendations of the 2018 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Conference in New York, where the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth met with a delegation of youths from the ICGLR on 29 January 2018.
The overall objective of the workshop was to create a platform of engagement for youth on Sustainable Development Goals and UN Security Council Resolution 2250.
The ICGLR is an Inter-Governmental Organization created by the Heads of State and Government of the region in December 2006. The Heads of State and Government also endorsed the creation of the ICGLR Regional Multifunctional Youth Forum to champion the interests of the youth at the national, regional and global level. The Regional Multifunctional Youth Forum is a platform set up under the Pact on Security, Stability and Development signed in 2006 by the Heads of State of the Great Lakes Region. An ICGLR Regional Multifunctional Youth Forum Accord was negotiated and signed on 24th July 2014 by Youth Representatives from the Member States to advocate the participation of youth in decision-making processes in peace, security and development.
Participants at the high level included the Kenyan Minister of Foreign Affairs; the Kenyan Minister of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs; the Executive-Secretary of the ICGLR; the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region; the UN Special Envoy on Youth; as well as members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of national organizations.