KAMPALA, Uganda, Aug. 1, 2017 /CNW/ - Our Government recognizes that decisions need to be informed by the perspectives of young people because young people have innovative ideas and new perspectives on the challenges we all face today. Young people are not just the leaders of tomorrow. They are leaders today.
Beginning tomorrow, Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth) will attend the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting from August 2-4 where he will help advance Canada's international agenda in support of youth.
This meeting provides an important opportunity for ministers and senior officials from Commonwealth nations to share best practices, discuss emerging issues, and build partnerships supporting youth development. Ministers also have the opportunity to engage with young leaders and key stakeholders.
Canada's participation at the meeting reaffirms our Government's commitment to Africa, as demonstrated by investments announced by the Prime Minister in November 2016 to support projects that enhance education and agriculture, and contribute to women's empowerment and the fight against climate change.
"Young people are the leaders of today. When we help make their voices louder, when we focus on issues that matter to young people, we all benefit. This is especially true when we listen to young women and girls."
‑ Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth)
- The Commonwealth is a voluntary, values-based association of 52 countries. At the heart of the association are three intergovernmental organizations: the Commonwealth Secretariat, whose mandate is to promote democracy, the rule of law, good governance and social and economic development; the Commonwealth Foundation, whose role is to empower Commonwealth civil society; and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), whose remit is open distance education and learning in the Commonwealth (including a focus on girls), hosted by Canada and located in Burnaby, British Columbia.
- The Commonwealth Youth Ministers meeting is held every four years. The theme of the Commonwealth Youth Ministers meeting is "Resourcing and Financing Youth Development: Empowering Young People".
- The Commonwealth is home to 2.4 billion people, of which more than 60% are under 30 years of age.
SOURCE Prime Minister's Office
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