Actress Victoria Lebene Mekpah has been appointed as the affirming new United Nations Youth Ghana, Secretary-General.
Victoria together with other new executive members, new patrons and new UN Youth Ghana – Sustainable Development Goals(SDG) ambassadors were officially sworn-in to office at a brief ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affair in Accra.
Actress Lebene who is also a Journalist at GH One Television expressed her excitement and detailed her responsibilities as the new Secretary-General.
“I am elated not because of the position appointed me, but my call to play a role in serving humanity keeps affirming. The Youth must be more involving in decision making and must be engaged with dialoguing, to play key roles in ensuring safety, peace and security. The resolution 2250 has been approved and targets the youth acting now with the SDG goals, in fighting against climate change, poverty, migration, and other threats and challenges facing them and their surroundings. All these are meant to be by 2030 and we can only come together as individual volunteers, passive citizens to meet the target. Being a representative of the UN Body, the UN Youth, I will continue to use my expertise as a development communicator, humanitarian and journalist along with other executives and volunteers, to execute tasks that seeks to resolve all the problems Nations face today and promote a sustainable development”.
UN Youth Ghana also swore-in Madam Lilian Sally Addo as the New Country Head. Other executives that were also sworn in are; Mr. Daniel Afari - Special Advisor to the Country Head, Mirriam Lotsu - Head of Protocol, Joseph Bright Sackey - Head of Volunteers, and Emmanuel Abu as the Head of Events.
The new patrons are: Arch Bishop Daniel Antwi Boasiako – Head Patron, Ambassador Nancy Quartey Sam – Deputy Head Patron, Princess Ocansey, Abena Pokuah Amoah Boitey, Nana Amma Serwaa Bonsu, Joseph Anyim Prempeh, Janet Edna Nyame, Edward Osei ESQ, Abdul Latif Abubakar, Samsung Annor and Edinam Atatsi.
UN YOUTH Ghana also took advantage to officially swear in 15 SDG Ambassadors that have been tasked to push the Sustainable Development Goals. UN YOUTH GHANA was founded in accordance to resolution 2250 of the United Nations unanimously adopted on youth, peace and security. This recognizes the voice of the youth to be part of decision making at all levels.
UN YOUTH in all countries works with their foreign ministry, youth ministry and the United Nations Associations.
It is meant for the establishment of recreational and innovations centre for the Youth, Community Health Facilities, Amusement Park, etc. which will promote the Roles of SDG Goals in Ghana and serve as an equal medium to achieve the SDG Goals in Africa and to promote Peace through Talents, Arts and Entertainment.
The UN Youth organization is targeting a large number of youth groups needing particular and specific interventions. These include tertiary and Senior High School students, unemployed youth, young men and women, youth on drugs & alcohol, youth from different racial groups, etc.
From the description of Youth from United Nations perspective with a global population of over 1.8 billion people, the youth are the world’s greatest untapped resource, possessing the talents and ambition to overcome society’s biggest challenges. In order to achieve the 2030 Agenda, it is imperative to engage youth as beneficiaries, stakeholders, and leaders in the global movement for inclusive and sustainable development.
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