57th session of UN Commission on Social Development

  1. Title of the event: Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship: Key to Addressing Inequalities and Challenges to Social Inclusion.

Date: 12th February 2019    Time: 9:45- 11am   Venue: Conference Room A

  1. Speakers:

Moderator, Daniel Perell, Chair, NGO Committee on CSocD

  • Alexander Ajayi. Head, Third Committee, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations.
  • Enemona Adaji, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
  • José Alejandro Vázquez , International Federation for Family and Development.
  • Maureen Chukwurah, Stimulate Africa, Ghana.
  • Opeyemi Adebayo. Bonn- Rhein- Seig University of Applied Science, Grantham, Germany
  1. The sponsoring organizations:
  • Worldwide Network Nigeria: Women in Development Environment
  • NGO Committee on Social Development.
  1. Objectives of the event

The objective of this side event is to highlight how youth leadership and entrepreneurship are key to addressing Inequalities and Challenges of Social inclusion.

  1. The key messages.

In order to address inequalities and challenges of social inclusion, there is an urgent need to focus on youth leadership and entrepreneurship. Youths are a heterogeneous population and an important population for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.  Though the youth population varies quite broadly in values, experiences and opportunities, the development and empowerment of the youth is hugely fundamental to the growth of any society.

Similarly, we need to place more interest on Social Entrepreneurship, because it provides solutions to local problems.  Social Entrepreneurs if encouraged would provide employment for community locals, which will indirectly tackle unemployment and poverty.

In addition, we should advocate for policies and programs to support social inclusion and equality.

Social protection programs should capture the informal sector as this makes up a greater proportion of the population in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Development Partners have a big role to play in addressing inequalities and challenges of social inclusion, by supporting policies and programs aimed at addressing them. They should contribute by evaluating policies and activities carried out by government in addressing inequalities and making recommendations.

Development Partners should support civil society organizations working to ensure the implementation of the SDGs, through capacity building and actual program implementation.

  1. Outcomes and/or recommendations

Promotion and awareness of existing policies and programs that mitigate vulnerability.

Advocate for policies and programs to support social inclusion and equality.

A stronger social protection programs for all regardless of status.

Bringing about more social inclusion; mobilizing social, economic and environmental actions together to eradicate poverty;

Rapidly shifting to sustainable patterns of consumption and production.

Focus on preventive strategies, like preparing for School to work Transition.












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