World Youth Alliance Africa interns attended the 3rd Youth Action Summit themed, ‘Dare to Lead’ at the United Nations Office in Gigiri, Kenya. The summit was organized by AISEC – Kenyatta University in partnership with Sub-Saharan International Model United Nations (SAIMUN) with the main agenda being the role of the youth in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and promoting sustainable development.
The Summit was graced by over 500 youth and speakers representing governmental and non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International, United Nations Environmental Programme, World Reader, National Treasury and Planning and The SDGs Unit for the State Department for planning; to mention but a few.
The Summit served as a Call for Action for the Youth to claim their seats at the table. It explored the various capacities, means, and opportunities that the youth can take in promoting sustainable development in the world.
The speakers emphasized the need for the youth to understand that they do not need a position or title in society to lead or foster positive changes. What they need is the belief that they have something to offer and the courage to offer it to the world, making it clear that complaining, blaming, waiting on others and making declarations is not enough anymore. It is time for action! In summary, the conference promoted this message: Dear youth, this is your world now and we expect some changes. Can you dare to lead?