UN, Government To Engage Youths In Generating Solutions To Corruption

The Office of the President and the Regional Office for Eastern Africa of the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC ROEA) in Nairobi invite hundreds of youth from across Kenya to engage in dialogue and generate solutions for anti-corruption

In the context of corruption inhibiting sustainable futures for Kenya’s youth, the conference participants will discuss four key thematic areas: the promotion of health, urban crime prevention, combatting violent extremism and human trafficking, as well as Education for Justice.

UNODC-ROEA is set to host hundreds of youths, between the ages of 15 and 35 from across Kenya, covering all 47 counties, to engage in dialogue and create solutions on anti-corruption. They have focused on including youth from vulnerable communities including those from informal residential neighborhoods such as Kibera.

The conference will be held from the 5-7 December 2018 at the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON).

The December Youth Workshop will serve as the launch of UNODC-ROEA’s Regional Youth Programme which aims to serve as a valuable resource for youth integration into leadership opportunities and anti-corruption initiatives, supporting the Sustainable Development Goals and Vision 2030.

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With an array of artists and entertainers, the UNODC Youth Conference will also highlight the important role that art, culture and sports can play in the empowerment of youth and their communities, especially through promoting social inclusion and deterring crime. The youth will break out into four working groups divided into the aforementioned thematic areas, discussing these topics and identifying community-based solutions, innovative ideas, and national policies to be compiled within an action framework, and delivered to high level officials from the national assembly, judiciary, government, private sector, and civil society for implementation beyond the workshop.

Speaking to Head of Business Banking at Credit Bank, Pamela Mutembei, who will be financing the best entrepreneurial ideas during the conference; “We are grateful to be part of the hundreds of youths that will be convening at the United Nations and being part of advocating for strengthening youth resilience to crime and violence through job creation, entrepreneurship.”

The ultimate goal is for youth to become involved in active leadership, implementing grassroots solutions which they can carry out within each of their communities after the workshop.