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2010.01.01

* UNICEF: Africa's youth prepares its message for the leaders of the continent at the first African Youth Forum
* 시간: 02 min 51 secs
* 촬영도시: Entebbe
* 촬영국가: Uganda


A group of more than 100 youth from across Africa have a loud message for the leaders of the countries in the African Union, who are meeting for the upcoming AU Heads of State Summit, being held in Kampala, Uganda.


The youth, representing 40 countries in Africa, gathered in nearby Entebbe, for the first-ever African Youth Forum.


They've just finished writing a call to action that two of the youth will deliver to the Heads of State Summit.


Soundbite (English), Bonolo Cebe, South Africa youth delegate: "We hereby urge our governments to integrate, scale up and regularly update life skills and sexual reproductive health education into school curricula, as well as out of school programs in line with Article 16 of the African Youth Charter. We strongly urge our governments to invest in capacity building and development of peer educators, youth volunteers, and fund youth-led initiatives and young centers to promote our participation in life skills and sexual-reproduction health research, advocacy, training and monitoring."


Their call-to-action also stressed living accountable, responsible, healthy lifestyles.


The young leaders worked together over their three-day summit to produce their collective recommendations with regard to maternal, infant and child health.


Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni presided over the opening ceremony. He was joined by UNICEF Regional Director for East and Southern African, Elhadj As Sy and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow, who urged the youth to take action.


Soundbite (English), Mia Farrow, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador: "The world is a dangerous place. Not only because of those who do evil. But because of those who look on and do nothing. Be the change you wish to see in this world. You can do it. The young are the majority. The world will belong to you."


Despite having only three days to put together their call to action, the youth wasted no time tackling such topics as gender-based violence and role of poverty in child mortality.


Speaking at the forum's press conference, UNICEF's representative in Uganda, Dr. Sharad Sapra, said the message of the youth is coming through loud and clear.


Soundbite (English), Dr. Sharad Sapra, UNICEF Uganda Representative: "The young, as I've met here and seen, in many countries that I've worked – they're full of aspirations. They want to make a difference. And they want to be engaged and they want to be a part of the solutions. They want their voices to be heard and their ideas to be heard."


To make sure these young voices are heard, the two African youth from the forum will read the Call to Action's key p