By Ronald Kabuye
Youths from various parts of world especially in Africa have today convened in Kampala to discuss and do a follow up and find practical means of supporting the implementation of the United Nations Security Council resolution 2250 on youth, peace and security which aims at empowering them.
The three days conference which will end on Friday is organized by United Nations Association of Uganda UNA-uganda in conjunction with the World Federation of United Nations association WFUNA and it’s the first of its kind in Uganda though sixth on the globe.
Mr. Abin Sibenaler who represented Ms. Rosa Malango the UN resident coordinator in Uganda, appealed to the youths to always tap into and take advantage of the many available empowerment programs especially in health, economic, social and political developments as set out by United Nations.
He also urged them to be practical while serving as champions for peace, prosperity and advanced transformation in their countries.
He however exhibited dismay on the fact of uganda being the most country with the youngest population in the world but with also higher unemployment rate which he said exposes the youths to various dangers including being recruited in the terrorist acts, since they can be lured into doing anything in exchange for money.
In the same way the permanent representative of the Republic of Uganda to the United Nations H. E Ambassador Adonia Ayebare urged member states of UN to increase on the youth representation and participation in decision making and peace negotiations.
The president UNA -Uganda Mr George Muwanguzi appealed to the public most especially the youths not to wait for government to stop violent acts since peace and security starts with an individual.
He also revealed that the current trends of conflicts are so dangerous to the youths since they end up either being recruited as actors, displaced as refugees or people without hope.
On his behalf Col. Felix Kulaigye the Ugandan legislator representing the army Uganda People Defense Forces UPDF welcomed the UN move to engage the youths in enhancing peace, security and development.
He used the opportunity to urge the youths to bear an ideology, have a clear mind set and to make use of their talents so as to come up with innovation which will help them earn since they can not develop on being spoon fed.
He also cautioned them against drug abuse and unhealthy food since they bring about blood clot and lower the thinking capabilities which in the end force them into violent acts.
He however lashed at the United Nations for turning organisation into a business venture instead of focusing on the major reason of its formulation which is resolving conflicts and stopping wars.
By Ronald Kabuye