Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has endorsed the candidature of Christabel Queensley Derby as the Commonwealth Youth Council.
Ms. Christabel Queensley Derby, together with the management of the National Youth Authority led by Ag. Mr. Nelson Owusu Ansah and the Deputy CEO, Ms. Akosua Menu, and the Minister of Youth and Sports Mustapha Ussif met with Dr. Mohammadu Bawumia ahead of the Commonwealth Youth Council entries.
The meeting was part of Ghana’s preparation for the Commonwealth Youth Council Election, which is scheduled for May this year.
The Commonwealth Youth Council is the official representative voice of more than 1.2 billion young people in the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Youth Council works to mobilize the voices of young people and advocate for governments to meaningfully engage young people.
Among other things, the Vice President on behalf of the country and the Government of Ghana endorsed the candidature of Ms. Christabel Queensley Derby as the only candidate in this year’s Commonwealth Youth Council Election.
The Vice President reiterated Ghana’s support to the Commonwealth and reaffirmed his confidence reposed in Ms. Christabel Queensley Derby to deliver and lead the vision of Ghana in championing meaningful youth engagement and inclusion through the Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr Bawumia bid the shining star, Ms. Derby well and assures her of winning the competitive election.
Elected candidates will serve on the council from 2021 to 2023 and will lead inclusive consultation, projects, and events to bring forward ideas and concerns of young people to shape youth development policies and frameworks.
Nominees were required to submit a detailed application that involved their manifestos, personal profile, a letter of endorsement from a National Youth Council or a youth-led body, and a secondment letter from a government department.
Set up in 2013, the Commonwealth Youth Council aims to advance the youth development agenda across the 54 member countries and boost young people’s participation at all levels of decision-making.
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