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Delegates attend the High-Level Partnership Forum (HPLF), focusing on progress in Somalia. The two-day forum opened in Istanbul, Turkey on February 23, 2016 and aims to review progress to implement the New Deal Compact that was endorsed in Brussels, Belgium in September 2013. UN Photo

Delegates attend the High-Level Partnership Forum (HPLF), focusing on progress in Somalia. The two-day forum opened in Istanbul, Turkey on February 23, 2016 and aims to review progress to implement the New Deal Compact that was endorsed in Brussels, Belgium in September 2013. UN Photo

Istanbul,Turkey (DIPLOMAT.SO) – A high-profile event spotlighting the aspirations and challenges facing Somali youth was held on the first day of the High-Level Partnership Forum (HLPF). Titled ‘Investing In Somali Youth,’ the event was co-hosted by the Somali Ministry of Youth & Sports and the United Nations and was opened by H.E. Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

The Prime Minister noted that youth unemployment as “without question one of the critical challenges facing Somalia on its road to stability and economic recovery.” He noted that Somali youth have endured decades of unrest, armed conflict and instability, and they unfortunately are presented with limited avenues to education and sustainable employment.

At the event, H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, Somali Federal Minister of Youth and Sports presented the thematic priorities of Somali National Youth Policy that is being finalized. “The National Youth Policy is an important step toward empowering Somali youth. It will guide the government and our international partners with a comprehensive multi-sector response to the challenges being faced by the Somali youth,” said the minister.

The President of Somalia, H.E Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (second from right) speaks during the opening session of the High-Level Partnership Forum (HPLF), focusing on progress in Somalia. The two-day forum opened in Istanbul, Turkey on February 23, 2016 and aims to review progress to implement the New Deal Compact that was endorsed in Brussels, Belgium in September 2013. UN Photo

The President of Somalia, H.E Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (second from right) speaks during the opening session of the High-Level Partnership Forum (HPLF), focusing on progress in Somalia. The two-day forum opened in Istanbul, Turkey on February 23, 2016 and aims to review progress to implement the New Deal Compact that was endorsed in Brussels, Belgium in September 2013. UN Photo

H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia stopped by the event to show his support for the National Youth Policy. “So many people blame youth for the destruction of Somalia, but I am here to say that youth are the only way to peace,” the President stated.

The United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Jan Eliasson (facing the camera), speaks during the opening session of the High-Level Partnership Forum (HPLF), focusing on progress in Somalia. The two-day forum opened in Istanbul, Turkey on February 23, 2016 and aims to review progress to implement the New Deal Compact that was endorsed in Brussels, Belgium in September 2013. UN Photo

The United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Jan Eliasson (facing the camera), speaks during the opening session of the High-Level Partnership Forum (HPLF), focusing on progress in Somalia. The two-day forum opened in Istanbul, Turkey on February 23, 2016 and aims to review progress to implement the New Deal Compact that was endorsed in Brussels, Belgium in September 2013. UN Photo

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson thanked the Government of Turkey for hosting the HLPF and stressed the importance of young Somalis’ participation in all levels of government in their country.

Mr. Eliasson reinforced the UN commitment to work for and with young people, and took the opportunity to announce the launch of a new UN strategy for youth in Somalia that is focused on six areas: employment and entrepreneurship, education, human rights and civic engagement, political inclusion, health and peacebuilding.

“The time has come for Somalia’s youth to enjoy the opportunities and freedoms that are every person’s birthright,” said Deputy Secretary-General Eliasson. “You, the young, are the face of hope and peace for Somalia (and) your creativity and entrepreneurship can be the engine and the spirit of the country’s recovery.”

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