Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) – The UN Youth Summit 29--31 October in New York, is to give a fresh push to the global fight against HIV/AIDS and malaria, and spur the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the UN said in a statement.
Some 600 delegates, as well as Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and other leaders from across the globe, are expected to attend the Summit.
"Where I come from we live with malaria everyday, but it doesn't have to be like that and it shouldn't be like that," said Hauwa Umar, a youth delegate from Nigeria, who is already in New York for the Summit.
The meeting is convened by the UN Office of Sports and Development for Peace, the Rollback Malaria Partnership and the Global Health Advocates, to inspire young leaders to bolster the campaign against malaria and poverty.
"The young leaders will examine their roles in helping their countries and regions reach goals such as reducing extreme poverty, enabling all children to complete primary school and stemming the spread of malaria, HIV/AIDS," the statement added.
It explained that the youth delegates would become spokespersons for the MDGs in their home countries, creating a global network to encourage young people to get involved in community, national and international activities to accelerate progress in reaching the MDGs.
Each of the 192 UN Member States would be represented at the Global Youth Leadership Summit by two delegates.
Senegalese star singer Youssou N'Dour will lead a group of entertainers at a Youth United Against Malaria Concert on 29 October, to kick off the three-day summit, the organisers said.
The concert, sponsored by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership will also feature Benin singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo, and her South African counterpart, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, a UNICEF Regional envoy for Malaria.