Youth hold the "future of Africa" in their hands

Sammy Musungu, one of the winners of the Many Languages, One World 2016 Student Essay Contest at one of the Global Youth Forum events. UN Radio / Deganit Perez

Young people are the ones who hold the "future of Africa" in their hands.

That's according to Sammy Musungu, from Kenya, one of the winners of a multilingual essay contest who came to UN Headquarters in July to attend a global youth forum.

Mr Musungu, who wrote his essay in Spanish, is currently living and studying in western Venezuela, and is in his sixth year of medical school.

Friday marks International Youth Day 2016, which highlights the role young people can play in ending poverty and achieving sustainable development.

Deganit Perez asked Mr Musungu how his international background influenced his life and his views on international affairs.

Duration: 7'17''

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