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UN Secretary General’s Envoy On Youth Visits Nigeria

Posted: Aug 20, 2016 at 6:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)




LAGOS – Ahmad Alhendawi, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, will arrive Nigeria on Sunday for a four-day official visit.

Oluseyi Soremekun, the National Information Officer, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, who spoke to Independent, said that during the visit, Alhendawi would meet with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, as well as ministers and principal officials of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Youth and Sports, Women Affairs and Social Development, Labour and Productivity, Environment, Education, Health and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He also disclosed that Alhendawi would visit selected sites within the FCT, including a visit to the Office of the Vice President, the National Assembly, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the National Youth Service Corps, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, the Abuja Enterprise Agency and the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator.

Soremekun added that Alhendawi during his visit was expected to promote coordinated United Nations support to Youth Development initiatives, even as he would specifically advocate for adequate investment in Youth Development interventions, with particular focus on education, employment opportunities, poverty alleviation, empowerment, health and the role of youth in peace building.

According to Soremekun, Alhendawi, a Jordan national, is the first UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth and the youngest senior official in the history of the organisation.

He assumed his position in January 2013 with a mandate to harmonise the UN system efforts on youth development, enhance the UN response to youth needs, advocate for addressing the development needs and rights of young people, as well as to bring the work of the organisation closer to the youth.

Alhendawi, who also acts as the adviser to and the representative of the Secretary General on youth related matters, is expected to depart Nigeria on Wednesday August 24, 2016.