By Rodiat Jokodolu.
Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative has organized a youth summit to commemorate the United Nations at 75 and the Global Week of action.
The event tagged “The Future We Want, The UN We Need” was hosted by seasoned speakers and SDGs experts across different developmental sectors in the world.
During the event, it was noted that as the world begins to rebuild in the post COVID-19 era, some pressing issues have been highlighted as the core focus of the process.
The issues identified revolve around gender equality, education, climate change, gender-based violence, economic inequality, ending conflicts and violence, investment in healthcare and so on.
“The pandemic is a reality check and reminder that the world has a long way to go if sustainability would be achieved,” states a part of the statement by the organizers.
Panelists at the event proposed various solutions to a number of multifaceted problems. It was noted that quality healthcare systems are the bedrock of any country and in preventing future pandemics, investment in healthcare must be prioritized especially in developing countries.
One of the panelists, Mr Temitope Amujo, suggested that supporting SMEs is critical to rebuilding economies. Speaking on youths losing their jobs during the pandemic, Mr Godbless Otubure proposed that expanding the workforce beyond physical structures is crucial, stating that one of the causes of job losses is a structural problem and the unpreparedness of the workforce.
Ms Taibat Aduragba emphasized the role of education in attaining sustainability while Ms Rutendo Rachael Chilengi identified measures that policy makers can implement to combat gender-based violence and other forms of violence across the world.