Sports CS Ababu Namwamba has been appointed to the UN’s Global Leadership Council of Generation Unlimited (GenU).
Following his appointment, Namwamba is scheduled to attend his inaugural meeting of the Global Leadership Council in New York, USA from September 21st during the 78th UN General Assembly.
In a statement, Kenya’s National Youth Council (NYC) confirmed the CS’s appointment and congratulated him on his new role.
“The Ministry of Youth Affairs, the Arts and Sports Congratulates the appointment by His Excellency President Dr. William Ruto, CGH to the Global Leadership Council of Generation Unlimited, the premier United Nations platform for advancing the agenda of young people globally,” NYC’s post read in parts.
CS Namwamba joins a handpicked team of leaders from all over the world, in GenU’s council including UNICEF’s Executive Director, Catherine M. Russell, Rwanda’s Youth Minister, Dr Abdallah Utumatwishima, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Audrey Azoulay, and the Vice President of the Agriculture, Human and Social Development Complex at the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Beth Dunford among others.
The organization champions connectivity, employment, entrepreneurship and social impact among the youth.
“At GenU, we're on a mission to unleash the full potential of the world's 1.8 billion young people. By providing them with the right skills and opportunities, they can be at the forefront of creating a better, more equitable world,” reads a statement from the organisation’s website.
In terms of connectivity, GenU seeks to connect all young people and schools to the internet ensuring the youth have access to learning no matter what corner of the world they are in.
Additionally, the organisation is looking to support youth employment by partnering with governments, businesses, multilateral organisations and young people to overcome the skills gap.
“Generation Unlimited is supporting every youth to have access to learning, skilling, and livelihood opportunities by radically scaling up access to world-class digital solutions that meet every young person’s unique learning needs and context,” GenU’s website states.
Namwamba’s appointment to GenU follows his recent nomination to the Commonwealth Youth Ministers Task Force.
The Task Force will be tasked with the responsibility of implementing Commonwealth Youth Programmes across the world and will serve for a period of four years.
Both positions leave the CS well-poised to advocate for Kenyan Youth on a global scale.