UN: African leaders, UN agencies to utilise women's potential for economic growth

New York, US (PANA) - African leaders and partners are determined to broaden investments on the African continent by utilising the potential of women and young people to achieve the vision, a statement from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Sunday.

The statement made available to PANA in New York, stated that, "investing in young people and empowering women to live healthy, productive lives and choose when to have children, and ensuring these children are healthy and skilled, will drive Africa's economies forward".

In that regard, a high-level meeting will be held on 19 September at the UN headquarters in New York, to explore the required investments in young people and women that will contribute to transforming the African continent and for the countries to attain sustainable development.

UNFPA said that, the meeting will highlight ways to #PutYoungPeopleFirst and reap a demographic dividend - the substantial economic growth that can be achieved by having an empowered, educated and employed young population.

"In advance of the African Union’s 2017 focus on the theme: 'Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth," the high-level meeting will reinforce political commitment for this vital agenda and create wider support and investment for this time-critical effort.

"The demographic dividend framework will also strengthen resilience and stability by addressing the root causes of forced migration and radicalization," it said.

The statement recalled that, to help achieve the goal, several African leaders launched the "Sahel Women's Empowerment and Demographic Dividend Project" in 2015, with UNFPA, and the World Bank.

PANA learnt that, African leaders expected to speak at the one-day meeting include Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, Presidents of Malawi and Uganda, Peter Mutharika, and Yoweri Museveni, as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and UNFPA Executive Director, Professor Babatunde Osotimehin.

Also, the Presidents of Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania and Niger will grace the event.

Other speakers are Keith Hansen, Vice President, Human Development, World Bank Group, Dr. Ibrahim Hassane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer of the NEPAD Agency, Andre Vallini Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, Susan Mboya, President of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and youth, women, faith, private sector and other civil society leaders.
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11 september 2016 17:39:46

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