UNICEF Youth Statement on Generation 2030 Report

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Acknowledging that almost 50% of the African population constitutes children under the age of 18, and about 65% under the age of 35, Africa could be seen to have a global competitive advantage.

We, the youth of Africa declare our continuous investment towards the youth demographic, guided by the UNICEF Generation 2030 report, to create a youth dividend as opposed to a youth burden. We recognise the need for strong mechanisms of implementation, monitoring and evaluation, through the use of digital technology and social media platforms to track trends and progress indicators. The people of Africa should be sensitised on the potential of the demographic dividend and empowered to be drivers of change. This is only possible if young people are meaningfully engaged in decision making and implementation processes.