BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
MINISTRY of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA) is calling for young people’s engagement in the Sustainable Development Goals.
MWYCFA’s Permanent Secretary Dr Cedric Alipendava voiced this during the opening ceremony of the opening of the 4th National Youth Parliament yesterday.
He said Solomon Islands have been embarking on new sets of SDGs officially known as Transforming Our World: the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and 2016—2035 National Development Strategy.
Alipendava said young people also play a significant role in the process of implementing the SDGs and NDS because they are the ones who will benefit.
“It is important to recognise the role of young people as key stakeholders in achieving these development goals—SDGs and NDS.
“Today’s generation of young Solomon Islanders will inherit and must drive the future development.
“They have a vested interest in creating a future Solomon Islands that is to be prosperous and peaceful,” Alipendava said.
UNDP Solomon Islands Country Manager Ms Azusa Kobata said creation of the National Youth Strategy aligns with the National Development Strategy and also resonates well with the SDGs which young people are a part of.
She said with the 17 SDGs, about 193 countries including Solomon Islands have signed up for these goals.
“It shows we all want to address challenges of today’s world in respective where you are and who you are.
“We want to tackle poverty, inequality, climate change, and we all want to have a world that is defined by prosperity, peace and justice,” Kubota said.
Kubota said UNDP is working very closely with the government of Solomon Islands and other partners in the country to make concrete progress of the SDGs.