The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, said that the new National Youth Policy (PNJ) adopted and launched by his administration, will enhance the development of the country’s youth population over the next 10 years.
Addressing participants of the National Youth Authority event on August 12, 2022, to observe International Youth Day 2022, on the theme; “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages”, in Anagkazo, Akwapim-Mampong, President Akufo-Addo said that beyond passing the NYP, he also made the 8th month of the year , August, the month that will be dedicated to youth issues and the advancement of young people.
“As further proof of the government’s commitment to the welfare of the youth, I have decided to declare the month of August each year Youth Development Month, where pertinent issues concerning the Ghanaian youth will be highlighted. before. Today we will present the framework on which the further development within the youth space will be implemented”.
“The Cabinet’s assumption of a new Cabinet policy under the theme ‘The Benefits of Youth Involvement: Youth Together for a Prosperous Future’, is evidence of our acceptance of a global change in attitude towards youth policy-making,” said President Akufo-Addo.
Working with young people
Underscoring the rationale behind the adoption of the new NYP, President Akufo-Addo noted that “it is a statement of the government’s understanding that the solution to the myriad challenges facing young people will not be made. for young people, but in collaboration with young people”.
“The government was able to come to this understanding because of the sheer number of young minds that sit around the table where decisions about the affairs of this country are made,” Akufo-Addo said.
“The national youth policy is thus in itself an example of intergenerational solidarity and responds to the admonition of the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Kin Moon, who maintained that “when we give young people jobs decent positions, political clout, bargaining power and real influence in our world, they will create a better future,” the President added.
NYP Link to SDGs
The NYP, according to the President, has been carefully crafted to reflect the goals set out in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He thus indicated that all the actors of the country in terms of youth development in the country, should make it their reference document.
“I am happy to see that the 17 SDGs have been carefully considered and incorporated into this National Youth Policy 2022 to 2032.”
“The policy should therefore serve as the main reference document for public institutions, the private sector and foreign partners in their efforts to ensure the development of young people,” President Akufo-Addo said.
In 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) to declare 12 August Youth Day Youth International.
The Assembly recommended that public information activities be organized to support the Day as a means of raising awareness of the World Program of Action for Youth, adopted by the General Assembly in 1995 (resolution 50/81).
International Youth Day is commemorated on August 12 every year. The youth focal point selects a theme for the day, often with input from youth organizations and members of the UN Inter-Agency Network for Youth Development.
It is also organizing a virtual commemoration of the Day. The program encourages young people around the world to organize activities to raise awareness of the situation of young people in their country.
The National Youth Authority (NYA) in Ghana was established in 1974 by the NRDC 241. It is therefore a statutory public organization with the mandate to coordinate and facilitate youth empowerment activities in Ghana in order to ensure the development of the Ghanaian youth as a whole. .
The Authority was formerly known as the “National Youth Council (NYC)”. In 1981, by an administrative directive, the Council was transformed into a “Commission” statute as the “National Youth Organizing Commission” with the objective of organizing a national mass youth movement called the ” Democratic Youth League of Ghana (DYLG)”.
With the coming into force of the constitutional rule in 1992, the status of the Commission reverted to the “Council” once again.
Following a legislative review exercise under the Laws of Ghana Act 1998 (Revised Edition) (Act 562), the nomenclature of the Authority was changed to the current “National Authority of the youth “.