The world youth are the hope of the future and are looked at to find solutions to global challenges, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, has told young leaders at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
“People are in search of new hope, we are that hope, and we must behave like we are that hope,” said Rt. Hon. Oulanyah, adding that, “The realisation of this hope lies in us setting clear and focused goals, working together to shape our shared future.”
The Deputy Speaker was, for the second time, addressing the International Young Leaders Assembly (IYLA), held in the US states of Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York, 8 – 17 Aug. 2016. The Tuesday meeting held at the United Nations headquarters was held under the theme: Moral and Innovative Leadership: Vision, Service and Entrepreneurship.
Uganda’s five youth MPs: Hon. Mpaka Mwine (NRM, Western), Hon. Oscar Omony (NRM, Northern), Hon. Sarah Babirye Kityo (NRM, Central), Hon. Ishma (Ind., Eastern) and Hon. Anna Adeke Ebaju (Ind., Female, National) joined other young leaders for the event.
Oulanyah said that the world is facing great challenges and tensions are brewing every day and threatening world peace. He cited the world economic crisis, climate change threatening island states and the entire planet, political instability and violent armed conflicts.
“These issues are real and urgent. They demand from us action that resonates with the aspirations of our people,” he said adding that “Actions that bring our challenges within our means of dealing with them. It is our shared responsibility.”
Oulanyah, who received a standing ovation, appealed to the assembled young leaders to take up the opportunity to offer solutions for sharing what and how they think, the choices made, what to invest in and how to create relationships.
He said that participation of the youth in shaping the future must help build a better world and must support the resolve of civilisation to preserve, perfect and perpetuate progress to prosperity.
The meeting received a message from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon; Frederick Musiiwa, the President, UN Economic and Social Council, James Flynn, the International President of Global Peace Foundation, as well as other business leaders.
They urged young people to obtain an education, train and take up leadership positions to develop themselves, their communities and their countries.
Meanwhile, in an earlier separate meeting held at Uganda House, New York, the Deputy Speaker asked the International President of Global Peace Foundation, James Flynn, to consider holding the 2018 IYLA in Kampala, Uganda.
Youth MPs said that Uganda hosting the IYLA would greatly help build capacity of the country’s youth in both leadership and entrepreneurship.