Zambia, Norway ministers in bilateral talks on youth empowerment

FAZ:MTN Super League Awards Ceremony, Vincent Mwale giving a speech - Photo Credit Jean Mandela -
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Youth, Sport and Child Development Minister Honourable Vincent Mwale, MP, has appealed to Norway to assist Zambia with resources to combat child, early and forced marriages, empowerment of youths and technical skills.

Mr. Mwale held a bilateral meeting with Norwegian Minister of Children and Equality Ms. Solveig Horne on the sidelines of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum 2016 in New York on Monday.

The Minister of Youth commended Norway for being Zambia’s all-weather friend and for its continued support to the country’s development.

Mr. Mwale also sought Norway’s cooperation and support in training Zambian sports coaches

In her response, Ms. Horne assured Mr. Mwale that she would convey Zambia’s requests to the Norwegian Government for consideration.

The ministers reaffirmed the importance of close bilateral relations between Zambia and Norway for the benefit of the two peoples.

Earlier, Mr. Mwale held a meeting with International Labour Organisations (ILO) officials, at which they discussed various issues of mutual interest including empowerment of youths with technical skills to reduce unemployment.

The International Labour Organisation assured Mr. Mwale that it would assist Zambia in the implementation of the just-launched Youth empowerment and employment plan, to boost opportunities for young people. The ILo emphasized the need to mobilize resources and involvement of the private sector in the implementation of the plan.

The ILO, GiZ and the African Development Bank (ADB) contributed to the formulation of the youth empowerment and employment plan.

The two-day Youth Forum 2016 under the theme: “Youth Taking Action to Implement the 2030 Agenda” attracted over 1000 participants, including Ministers, international organisations’ leaders, UN agencies, civil society leaders and youths from across the globe to chat the way forward on youths’ participation in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). World leaders last year adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an intergovernmental set of 17 goals with 169 targets, to end poverty and hunger, ensure healthy lives and provision of education, as well as combat climate change among others.