Youth & Sports, UNDP to Launch Youth & Election Project

Aug 17, 2017

The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will this Friday, August the 18th, formally launch a project to enhance and encourage the participation of young people in the up-coming Legislative and Presidential elections in Liberia.

2017 is an important year for Liberians in general, and young people in particular, as this will be the first time in nearly 70 years that a smooth democratic transition process is expected to take place in the country.

Given that 65% of the population is comprised of youth (18-32), of which 55% account for eligible voters in the country—the role of the youth in these elections is crucial to the sustainment of peace and democracy. 

The project titled “"Enhancing Youths Participation in the 2017 Legislative and Presidential Electoral Process", is an initiative designed to educate, engage and advocate for youths’ participation and leadership in peaceful electoral practices.

The conception of the project is encouraged by policymakers’ conviction to youth socioeconomic inclusion and empowerment at the national, regional and international level, including UN Security Council Resolution 2250, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, SDGs #3, 4, 5, 8, 10 and 16, and the African Unions 2017 programmatic theme "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth."

The overall objective of the launch of the 2017 Youth and Elections Project, which is expected to take place in the auditorium of the University of Liberia, is to encourage youth for preventing electoral violence by reducing their vulnerabilities from manipulation and instill electoral values consistent with national, regional and international norms and standards.

The event  will bring together dignitaries from the Government, United Nations, the diplomatic community, schools, youth and women networks, civil society organizations, and media, among others.

UNDP was able to secure $1.8M from the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) towards the projects full implementation and expected deliverables. UNDP’s commitment to youth empowerment and investment is reflected in the fact that the project has a 1-year timeframe up to March 2018, with the possibility for extension, beyond the Liberian election cycle.

The Project compliments the ongoing (2015-2018) Electoral Cycle Support Project in all aspects of implementation using existing field structures and mechanisms.

In addition, it gives strategic support to young women and girls through a variety of training, awareness and education activities and used as a mechanism for conflict prevention including sexual and gender based violence.

In sustaining and building on the post war recovery efforts, the Liberian government and its local and international partners has made great strides in national development and peacebuilding consolidation.

The hosting of the official launch of the Youth & Election project demonstrates the will and commitment of the Liberian government to meet, exceed and support youth development in all capacities.

Contact

For further information, contact:

Salvator Nkurunziza-Peace Building Program Coordinator Email: salvator.nkurunziza@undp.org Tel:+231 777703 814

Augusta Pshorr –Communications Analyst E-mail: augusta.pshorr@undp.org Tel: +231-770-003-819/886-521-425

Sam Zota –National UNV Communications Associate Email: zota.sam@undp.org

Tel: +231-886-474-563/770175162

 

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