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UN envoy: "Youth development" should no longer be a "footnote"

25.08.2016 08:02 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) Governments worldwide need to develop strong and coordinated youth policies so that the development of young people is no longer a «footnote», UN Radio says referring to the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, report made as he visited Nigeria this week. In Nigeria, Alhendawi has been meeting local youth organizations and government officials to discuss UN programmes across the country and the development of a national youth policy. He said that the radicalization of African youth due in part to long-term unemployment, could be prevented by better policy. «It’s extremely important to have an actual youth policy that brings all these issues together in a coordinated way, that when we speak about youth development, it’s no longer a footnote. It has to be the headline for everything, whether it comes to job creation, development or peace and security. Honestly if you implement a strong youth policy, the last of my worries will be the radicalization question,» Alhendawi stressed. Alhendawi also said that young people needed greater access to political participation and officially endorsed the #NotTooYoungToRun Campaign (a parliamentary draft law aimed to reduce the age of qualification for political office in Nigeria).

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