2016 Youth Day Celebrations, Our Responsibility

By: Charles Masereka

On 12th August, patient the world will be celebrating the International Youth day, hospital under the theme “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”.

This year’s Day is about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It focuses on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production.

With a population of over 1.8 billion youth globally, the future belongs to us.

To achieve the above then, we need to actively be involved in drives intended to fight poverty and also to engage in active production activities.

Eradicating poverty cannot be attained if we don’t actively participate. Many of us wait for handouts from the government and donors.

These however, are at many times not readily available or inadequate for us all. We therefore need to act on our own before we can expect help from other people.

In Uganda, the day will be celebrated at St. Charles Lwanga College in Koboko District and the chief celebrant will be H.E president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

This year’s celebration is the first of its kind after the launch of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted unanimously by 193 Heads of State and other top leaders at a summit at UN Headquarters in New York in September 2015.

The youth across the globe are urged to support their governments to ensure that these goals are ultimately achieved.

It is with in our mandate as youth to hold our governments accountable for our input towards national development. As we look forward to this historical day, let us all do something that will help us live by the theme of the celebration, make a pledge to work towards achieving at least one of the 17 goals.

Happy Celebrations.

The writer is the Founder/ Executive Director Youth Agriculturalists Fraternity and YAFRA Green Initiative


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