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Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:53 - Updated Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:52

Angola at World Youth Event

Lisbon - An Angolan delegation, headed by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Ana Paula do Sacramento Neto, took part Sunday in Lisbon, at the closing of the 2019 World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon + 21) and Youth Forum.

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Minister of Youth and Sports, Ana Paula do Sacramento Neto

Photo: Henri Celso

On the occasion, the Angolan official invited the conference guests to take part in the Young Creators Biennial of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), which will be held in July, in Luanda.

"Angola has a lot to offer and it is a very welcoming country so everyone is invited to participate in the meeting,” she said.

The two-day meeting brought together 50 ministers and 120 youth delegations that agreed to promote, protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all young people.

The Conference  assessed  the progress of Youth policies since 1998, within the framework of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At the closing session, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres called on young people to lead the world's "great fight", to continue to set ambitious goals and test limits.

During the closure, young people and ministers responsible for youth committed themselves to 19 basic principles for the future. Combating violence against women is one of them.

Twenty-one years after the first World Conference of Ministers of Youth, also held in Portugal, delegations debated issues related to youth and adopted a document updating the Lisbon Declaration signed in 1998.

The event participants committed themselves to develop and strengthen national policies based on the World Program of Action for Youth in line with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, reiterating the need to eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, climate change and inequalities.

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