First Ghana Children and Youth Conference on Sustainable Development
Children and youth comprise nearly 50 per cent of the world’s population and according to the 2000 Ghana housing and population census, the youth in Ghana constitute about 33% of Ghana’s population. The youth are a major source of human capital and key agents for socio-cultural, economic, and political development as well as technological innovation worldwide. Their imagination, ideas, energies and vision are essential for the continuing development of societies. Their training, development, intellectual perspectives and productive ability are key determinants of the progress and future of societies. The involvement of today’s children and youth in environment and development decision-making and in the implementation of policies is critical to the long-term success of sustainable development. It is in the light of this that, Greener Impact International has collaborated with the Ministry of Environment Science and Technology; a major stakeholder in the sustainable development discourse to institute the Ghana Children and Youth Conference on Sustainable Development to engage the Ghanaian children and youth in the decision making and the implementation process of policies that affect their lives today and have implications on their future. This is also part of the National Strategies towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) .This event which is an annual event had its maiden dubbed the “1st Ghana Youth and Children Conference on Sustainable Development” which was held in Kumasi from the 1st – 3rd August 2012. The conference saw the participation of over 2000 Youth from all over the country.
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