UN and Africa: focus on African youth, efforts to end AIDS and young entrepreneurs

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Matt Wells interviews youngsters in the “We the Peoples Hub”. Photo: UN Millennium Campaign

Young Africans look to the future at the UN People’s Hub

Young African people are voicing their hopes and fears for the future, meeting UN leaders face to face this week inside a new interactive “People’s Hub”. Situated at UN headquarters in New York, the event space which has been created to coincide with the 70th session of the General Assembly is focused on giving young people a multi-media experience, where they can also air their views.  The hub is a joint venture between the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Millennium Campaign, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). I spoke to two young African delegates from the non-profit organization, Save The Children, just after the official opening of the hub.

Launch of an innovative new tool to track progress and identify gaps in HIV programming in Kenya. Photo: UNAIDS

UNAIDS and Kenya launch joint effort to end AIDS epidemic by 2030

An innovative new tool to track progress and identify gaps in HIV programming in Kenya has been unveiled in the capital, Nairobi. The Kenya HIV Situation Room, a collaborative effort between the UN agency which deals with AIDS, UNAIDS and the Government of Kenya. It is designed to pull together nationwide data on the disease to ensure HIV programmes reach those most in need. UNAIDs Executive Director, Michel Sidibé told Pauline Wanyonyi at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre that the joint initiative will allow for a more comprehensive overview of the country’s HIV situation.

Ashish J. Thakkar. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Entrepreneur urges young Africans to “start small” but “dream big”

Regional integration, evolving leadership, increased participation of women in politics and a vibrant young workforce are just some of the reasons why a leading businessman is optimistic about East Africa. Ashish J Thakkar, founder of Mara Group, believes that despite numerous challenges, the region is, in his words, “on the right track.” Mr Thakkar, who is in his 30s, began his first business as a teenager.  Today, he oversees operations in 22 African countries employing more than 10,000 people in sectors such as technology, manufacturing and financial services. He urges young East Africans to “start small” but “dream big.” Priscilla Lecomte caught up with the Ugandan-Rwandan serial entrepreneur at an event at the UN to present his book ‘The Lion Wakes: Adventures in Africa’s Economic Miracle.’

Presenter: Matthew Wells
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″