SOMALIA / YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

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“Prospects for lasting peace in Somalia will be improved if young people feel represented,” said the top UN official in the country James Swan at the youth gathering on Monday in capital Mogadishu. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / YOUTH EMPOWERMENT
TRT: 1:26
SOURCE: UNSOM
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ NATS
DATELINE: 29 JULY 2019, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

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1. Wide shot, Swan, speaking a meeting on youth empowerment
2. Close up, Swan speaking
3. Med shot, youths attending the meeting
4. Wide shot, youths listening during the meeting
5. Med shot, group of youths listening during the meeting
6. Med shot, Swan speaking
7. Med shot, youth giving her remarks
8. SOUNDBITE (English) James Swan, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia:
“We think prospects for lasting peace in Somalia would be improved if young people feel represented if they participation in political life, if they have a say in national political dialogue and ultimately show their stake and involvement in the country’s future.”
9. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, James Swan, listening to a question posed by one of the youths during the meeting
10. Various shots, meeting
11. Various shots, group discussion

STORYLINE:

“Prospects for lasting peace in Somalia will be improved if young people feel represented,” said the top UN official in the country James Swan at the youth gathering on Monday (29 Jul) in capital Mogadishu.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, James Swan, was speaking with young activists from across the country at a two-day youth empowerment and engagement dialogue at which they discussed how best to help youth participate actively in political processes – including the ongoing constitutional review process, national reconciliation dialogue and preparations for national elections in 2020.

"We think prospects for lasting peace in Somalia will be improved if young people feel represented. If they participate in political life, and if they have a say in the national dialogue, they can ultimately show their stake and involvement in the country's future," Swan said.

The review of Somalia's constitution was launched in May last year at a national convention held in Mogadishu and attended by more than 350 representatives from the federal government, federal member states, civil society and the diaspora. The process is meant to lead to a permanent constitution, which will replace the provisional one, adopted in 2012.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and other UN agencies are advocating for the active participation of youth and women in the process to ensure that the final document reflects the views of all Somalis.

Also speaking at the two-day event – organised by UNSOM, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Sweden's Folke Bernadotte Academy and the MAAN Organization, a forum for Somali young professionals – was the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, George Conway. He emphasized the need for political processes in Somalia to reflect the composition of society.

Somalia has one of the youngest populations in the world. Experts believe that the active participation of youth in decision-making processes is vital for Somalia's stability.
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