United Nations Youth Envoy to Meet Young People in Nigeria: Calls for increased investments towards youth innovation for sustainable Development
The United Nations Youth Envoy, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, is visiting Nigeria from February 8 to 10, 2018 as part of a five country official visit across Africa.
During the visit the UN Youth Envoy will meet with young people, learn about the work they are do and issues they are facing. The visit will provide a platform for young people’s voices to be heard and galvanise momentum to deliver on commitments to empower and enable young people to achieve their full potential.
Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake is scheduled to attend a Youth Town Hall Meeting in Abuja, have high-level meetings with Government officials as well as the UN System in Nigeria and engage with young innovators who are at the frontline of using technology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Appointed in June 2017, Ms Wickramanayake is dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of young people as well as bring the work of the United Nations closer to them. Before her appointment, she played a key role in transforming the youth development sector in Sri Lanka, notably through the creation of a large movement for civic and political engagement of young people named the ‘Hashtag Generation’.
Born in 1990, Ms. Wickramanayake is reading for Master of
Development Studies, at the University of Colombo and holds
a Bachelor degree in Science, from the same university.
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