Last Updated on: 18th August 2023, 02:50 pm
Lira | The Government Chief Whip, Denis Hamison Obua on August 2023 17, spoke about the International Youth Day 2023 celebrations.
Obua said the theme for this year: “Accelerating Recovery from Covid-19 and full implementation of the 2030 Agenda”, will focus on the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects.
The celebrations will take place on August 18, 2023, at Kigezi Lower Primary School in Kabale District, Western Uganda.
According to Obua, the Day is purposely set aside to celebrate the potential of the youths and take stock of what has been accomplished in the area of youth empowerment, growth and development.
He added that the day also provides the government with a great opportunity in making reviews, interventions, reflecting, refocusing and strategising for the years ahead.
“The theme enjoins us to take stock of how young people’s businesses have taken advantage of the micro and macro-economic policies to recover from Covid -19. At the same time, we reflect on how we are faring in attaining the 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.
According to the statement, the government spent the bigger part of 2022- 2023 developing and designing programmes aimed at empowering youth and building their resilience amidst various economic shocks, trials and tribulations.
The statement also highlighted progress made towards enhancing youth development such as initiating the development of the National Action Plan on Youth, Peace and Security and completing the development of the out-of-school youth sexuality education guidelines.
Obua also stated that the plan aims at designing the National Service Scheme and disseminating the national strategy to end teenage pregnancy and early marriages in Uganda, among others.
Annually, Uganda joins the rest of the United Nations fraternity on 12 August to commemorate International Youth Day.
The commemoration of the day is consistent with the UN General Assembly Resolution 54/120 of 1999 which designated it for reflection and re-dedication to youth development.