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Group Photo at Miatta Conference Hall


As part of events marking this year’s International Day of Peace, the Ministry of Youth Affairs joined the UN family to launch the Status of Youth Report.
The Report focuses on youth civic engagement, youth access to health services and youth and the environment.
Speaking at the launch in Freetown, Minister of Youth Affairs, MohamedOrman Bangura highlighted the important role youth played in promoting peace and fostering development.
“This generation of young people represents the latent potential which the country must harness to promote peace and development”, he said.
The Commissioner of the National Youth Commission (NAYCOM), NgoloKatta said it was appropriate that the Report was launched as part of events marking this year’s International Day of Peace because the exclusion of young people from governance made the youth available to participate in the country horrific civil war.
“It is prudent that we continue raising the critical issues affecting young people and device ways to give them safe spaces in all aspects of development”, Mr.Katta said.
He added “that the report is a credible document that gives an informed analysis of the status youth in the country”.
UNDP Country Director in Sierra Leone, Samuel Doesaid the 2014/2015 report was done during a difficult time, but still provided relevant analysis.
He said “the challenges raised in the report and the opportunities identified can also be used in 2018 and beyond to better the lives of young people in Sierra Leone.”
Mr. Doe said youth matters remain at the top of the UN’s agenda. He said the Secretary General would launch the new UN Youth Strategy at this year’s General Assembly which sits next week in New York.



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