The 3rd National Youth Parliament Sitting organized under the Platform for Youth Inclusion in Policy (PYIP) coordinated by Faraja Africa Foundation together with partners, the European Union Delegation to Uganda, the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) and Parliament of Uganda was held at Royal Suites Bugolobi on 14th August 2020 under the theme “Youth Engagement for Global Action” in commemoration of the International Youth Day. It was a safe place for youth inclusion in decision-making and brought together over 900 voices of young leaders, professionals, and people to the Parliament of Uganda right from the regional level to the national level.
The opening ceremony was graced by the State Minister for Youth Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, the European Union Head of Delegation to Uganda, H.E Ambassador Attilio Pacifici and the Chairperson National Youth Council Hon. Lilian Aber.
In a keynote address to the sitting, Ambassador Pacifici said Youth Parliaments enable young people to meaningfully participate in democratic governance processes and urged decision makers to listen to what youth are telling us. “We all know that young people are the future of a country and with nearly four out of five Ugandans under the age of 30, we could safely say that Uganda has more ‘future’ than almost any other country in the world,” he said.
Since its start, the National Youth Parliament has been held on the occasion to mark International Youth Day as part of engagements that play a pivotal role in amplifying youth voices to legislators.