National Youth Council of Malawi (NYCOM) has described the slow-paced domestication of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as being a result of low political will among key stakeholders, thereby making youths ignorant of the development agenda.
The remarks have been made by NYCOM Executive Director, Dingiswayo Jere, in Lilongwe during a meeting on program first SDGs voluntary national Review (VNR) Sub-Taskforce on Youth and Volunteerism.
Jere said if youths are ignorant, they cannot be able to monitor and put in effort to realize the goals that the country made commitments on SDGs.
“We are now embarking on a project to reflect on how far we have gone in terms of trying to bring SDGs realization amongst the youth and look at the commitments. I am sure that when we engage the youth more, we will help increase political will among relevant duty bearers,” he said.
He added that in a bid to improve the situation, NYCOM and VSO Malawi are embarking on a project to ensure that the youths are aware of the SDGs.
In his remarks, VSO Programs Manager Jimmy Kawaye said VSO Malawi is supporting the NYCOM to engage the youth on SDGs.
“The participation of the youth is quite desirable. We can never achieve the SDGs without the participation of the youth,” said Kawaye.
He said this project will help to improve the implementation of tracking mechanisms on government’s commitment on SDGs.