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November 29, 2023 (MOMBASA, Kenya): the first ever IGAD Youth Envoy was announced and appointed by H.E. Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, the IGAD Executive Secretary.

H.E. Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu integrated the youth agenda into his flagship project for the first 100 days in office. This initiative aimed at realizing sustainable development and stability in the IGAD region. The establishment of the IGAD Youth Forum for Peace in 2021 was a step towards achieving these goals, providing a platform for youth engagement in conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and regional dialogue.

To operationalize the Youth Forum, the Executive Secretary appointed a high-level expert panel responsible for the transparent and merit-based selection of the IGAD Youth Envoy.  The Youth Envoy Mr. Sam Ogwal from Uganda was chosen from eligible candidates nominated by IGAD Member States, to play a crucial role in advocating for youth policy implementation, connecting with youth leaders, and bridging the between the youth and decision-makers at the regional level.

The newly appointed Youth Envoy is tasked with promoting inclusivity, gender balance, and diversity while upholding principles of transparency and accountability. Collaborating with IGAD leaders and various programs, the envoy will contribute to developing strategies that engage young people in economic, social, and political spheres.

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