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World Youth Summit JHB 2019 – This Is What You Need To Know


This year’s World Youth Summit was held at the WITS in Johannesburg. It was hosted by the South African BRICS Youth Association (SAYBA) and saw around 200 diversified youths from across the world joining forces.

The main focus of the Summit – the first of its kind to be hosted in South Africa – was social cohesion. The organisers explained:

“In the recent spate of xenophobic attacks witnessed in South Africa, the unity of Africans and their tolerance of each other’s diversity is imperative for the growth and development of the African Continent.”

In addition, the summit was supported by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and African Union (AU).

World Youth Summit 2019 theme

The theme for this year’s summit was “Promoting Quality Education”. Participants at the summit “[assumed] the roles of world leaders and influential decision makers” to improve their teamwork skills, leadership and public speaking.

The theme ties in with the summit’s belief that a better world is possible through youth. The summit will look at the ways youths can affect change in communities, and how they can succeed through education and technology.

“Always bear in mind that you are making and shaping the world for a greater change. We look forward to partnering with all of you in creating a habitable globe we want.”

Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize during her opening address

World Youth Summit speakers

Speakers at this year’s event included South African Deputy Minister of Communications Pinky Kekana, as well as Ghanaian diplomat Dr Ekwo Spio-Garbrah and Ugandan pilot Ashaba Faridah.

Faridah is the Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Bambino Life Foundation, an organisation that focuses on promoting girl child education and empowerment.

Through her foundation, Faridah creates awareness about children living with disabilities and provides a sustainable environment for children living in orphanages.

Dr. Spio-Garbrah is a diplomat with over 40 years of experience in diplomacy, government, banking, business, marketing, corporate communications, telecommunication, ICT development, and politics.

A complete list of guests and speakers:

  • Ministry of Women, Youth and persons with disabilities
  • His Excellency Dr Spio Garbrah (Ghanaian Diplomat)
  • Deputy Minister of Communication Ms Pinky Kekana
  • President of the international organization of local government Dr Ahlem Arfaoui
  • Representatives from UNFPA
  • Representatives from State Bank of India
  • Representatives from AU
  • Representatives from UNICEF
  • Representatives from NYDA
  • Ms Ashaba Faridah (Ugandan Pilot)
  • Ms Senamile (the Nuclear Physicist from South Africa)

According to the organisers, the following committees will be simulated:

  • United Nations Security Council
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • United Nations Human Rights Council
  • United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • UNWomen
  • DISEC
  • African Union
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