MEDIA ADVISORY

UGANDA TO HOST FIRST-EVER AFRICAN YOUTH FORUM Young representatives from 53 African Union countries invited to attend AYF in July WHAT: WHEN: WHERE: WHO: Official Launch of the African Youth Forum (AYF) Media Campaign Tuesday, 22 June, 2010 / 10.30-11.30hrs Uganda Media Centre, Clement Hill Road, Kampala Rt. Hon. Prof. Apollo R. Nsibambi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda Hon. Jessica Alupo Epel, Minister of State for Children & Youth Affairs Mr. F.K. Mondo, AYF Co-ordinator, Ministry of Gender, Labour & Social Development Catherine Mary Namirembe (19), Ugandan AYF Delegate (Eastern Uganda) Ahmed Shaban Mugweri, (28), Ugandan AYF Delegate (Kampala)

WHY:

In 2009, UNICEF Uganda fronted the idea of Uganda hosting an African Youth Forum alongside the African Union Summit in Kampala, in July 2010. The idea was welcomed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and later endorsed by the HE President of Uganda, and the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Planning is now underway for the first-ever continental meeting of young Africans, which will take place in Entebbe, 17-19 July 2010. The Forum intends to attract at least two (2) young people, aged 16-29 years, from all the 53 AU member countries, who will gather to raise their views and concerns around maternal and child health issues and development in Africa. They will also discuss other issues of concern for young people, such as employment, poverty and the environment. About 110 delegates are expected to participate in the Forum. The African Youth Forum aims to eventually become a regular meeting alongside future AU Summits, so that young people¶s recommendations will regularly be considered. For this reason, the AYF theme is: ³Achieving Maternal and Child Health Goals ± African Youth Call for Action´, to resonate with that of the main AU Summit: ³Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development´. Under the co-leadership of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Gender-Labour-Social Development (MGLSD), UNICEF and UNFPA, together with several civil society organisations are playing an active role in preparations for the Forum. ###

For more information, please contact: Mr. F.K. Mondo, AYF Co-ordinator, Ministry of Gender, Labour & Social Development, 0776000909, kyateka@yahoo.com Mrs. Grace Ekudu, UNICEF Uganda AYF Coordinator, UNICEF Kampala, +256 417 171 151; gekudu@unicef.org Ms. Anne Lydia Sekandi, Communication Officer, UNICEF Kampala, +256 417 171 112; alsekandi@unicef.org [See programme on pg. 2]

Media Launch programme:

09.30 10.00 10.15 10.25 10.30 -

AYF team arrives to set up venue Youth delegates arrive Media representatives & other guests arrive Prime Minister arrives Media Briefing commences / Introductions & Welcome (Director, Media Centre) Social Development)

10.45 - Background to AYF (Mr. F.K. Mondo, AYF Co-ordinator, Ministry of Gender, Labour & 10.55 - Catherine Namirembe (19), AYF Delegate: Why young people's voices matter 11.00 - Ahmed Shaban Mugweri (28), AYF Delegate: Why young people's voices matter 11.05 - Prime Minister's remarks 11.15 - Media Q & A 11.25 - Wrap up & conclusion 11.30 - Departure

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