Uganda Sends First Ever Youths Delegates to UN General Assembly

The government of Uganda has sent two successful youth leaders to the United Nations General Assembly (UN).

Gilbert Lwetutte and Lilian Aber, medications both former students’ leaders at Makerere University, salve were selected to represent the Ugandan youth for the one year assembly session at the United nations General Assembly in October this year.

Lillian Aber was the Guild Council Representative of the school of Languages, literature and Communication, minister of information and later vice guild president in the 80th guild.

Guild Lwetutte has equally been a member of the students guild as a minister for Academic affairs and according to information provided by the office of the dean of students at Makerere University, he has been at the helm of mobilizing students through the OxMak partnership that Makerere has with the University of Oxford towards solving societal challenges of unemployment, empowerment, capacity building among others.

Following their appointment, Lwettute and Aber become the first ever National Youth Delegates to the United Nations General Assembly.

The United Nations using its member state mandated focal point on Youth, the UN Programme on Youth, established the United Nations Youth Delegate programme (UNYD) which encourages member states to include a maximum of two youth delegates in a country’s official delegation to the United Nations General Assembly and various functional Commissions of the Economic and Social Council.

As one of the presidential initiatives to empower the Youth, President Museveni has promoted the involvement of youths in various decision making processes in view of the fact that they constitute the biggest percentage of the Country’s population.

Uganda has the world’s largest percentage of young people under 30 – 78% – according to the to the 2012 State of Uganda population report by the UN Population Fund. Worldwide, there are about 1.2 billion 15- to 24-year-olds. About 200 million are in Africa.


Addressing the Youth Delegation at the New York based United Nations headquarters early October this year; the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said that as the inheritors of the future it is essential that the youth are provided an opportunity now to shape the world they are to live in tomorrow.

“I attach great importance to the Youth Delegates Programme. It creates civic role models for young people around the world and brings new perspectives to discussions in the General Assembly,” said Ban Ki Moon.

The youth delegates are expected to deliver a youth Statement at the Third Committee session on behalf of the youth population of his/her country, embodying youth advocacy, youth activism, youth participation and youth engagement among others.

The youth delegates are expected to use this unique platform which fosters dialogue and generates partnerships between exceptional youth, UN high officials and staff, the private sector, and civil society as well as harnessing the challenges affecting youth in their home countries.

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