UNDP Official Warns Liberians

The Assistant Country Director and Economics Specialist at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Liberia has called on all Liberians never again to tolerate the acts of war.

Mr. Stanley Kamara said war is detrimental to the growth and development of any nation, creating internal displacement and other negative vices that hinder prosperity. He was speaking at a one-day lecture series organized by the United States Embassy in Monrovia in observance of International Day of Youth.

Speaking on the theme “Youth Migration, Moving Development Forward”, Mr. Kamara noted that there is a growing recognition of the need to strengthen policies and investments involving young people around the world, stressing that efforts must be made to operationalize Liberia’s national youth policy without further delay, given its important implications for the advancement of the youths.

The UNDP Official wants Governments, the private sector, civil society and academic institutions to open doors for young people and strengthen partnerships with youth-led organizations.

“Youth can determine whether this era moves toward greater peril or more positive change; let us support the young people of our world so that they grow into adults who will produce more generations of productive and powerful leaders. Self determination and being held responsible for your actions is the way to succeed,” Mr. Kamara emphasized.

He urged young people to determine where they want to go by raising their voices through debates on youth migration and development and bringing together key stakeholders, employer associations, youth groups, local leaders and civil society organizations in a national dialogue that will ultimately tackle the associated human rights and fundamental freedoms of youth’s migrants by sharing experiences, and suggesting policy actions needed to ensure the protection of migrants especially the youths.

The UNDP Assistant Country Director then pledged the UN support to facilitate the process of advocacy and public outreach on this area of human development, to address vulnerabilities and strengthen resilience.

International day of Youth International Youth Day (IYD) was established by the United Nations in 2000 as a means of raising awareness on issues affecting young people around the world. It forms part of the    UN’s wider World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY), an initiative that aims to promote the wellbeing and livelihood of young people.