UN / MUGABE YOUTH

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Addressing a high level meeting on youth today at UN headquarters, Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe said that the HIV/AIDS pandemic continued to be a clear and present danger to youth in developing countries and reiterated his call upon the international community to increase its assistance in combating the disease. UNTV

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STORY: UN / MUGABE YOUTH
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DATELINE: 26 JULY 2011, NEW YORK CITY

RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

26 JULY 2011, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Cutaway, audience at the GA Hall
4. Wide shot, R.G. Mugabe, approaches podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert G. Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe:
“The benefits of those measures coupled with a broad educational curriculum, have seen my country attain top-notch spots in education and human resources development on the continent. However, in spite of these achievements, we still face the challenges of unemployed and under-employed youth.”
5. Cutaway, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert G. Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe:
“My government with assistance from partners such as the global Fund, has invested heavily in HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment programmes. My country also introduced an AIDS levy in order to broaden the financial base from which to fight the pandemic. We once again call upon the international community to increase its assistance to the developing countries to combat the debilitating HIV/AIDS challenge.”
7. Cutaway, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert G. Mugabe, President of the republic of Zimbabwe:
“Zimbabwe condemns any country or group of countries that uses the plight of young people in weaker states to achieve their own sinister political ends, such as regime change.”
9. Cutaway, delegates
10. Wide shot, General Assembly


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Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe addressed a United Nations (UN) high level meeting on youth today which covered a wide range of issues concerning young people like jobs, poverty and sustainable development.

Mugabe said that his government had not only created a Ministry of Youth, Sport and Recreation but also adopted a policy of education for all children, but despite those achievements, Zimbabwe still faced the challenges of unemployed and under-employed youth.

He said that the HIV/AIDS pandemic continued to be a clear and present danger to youth in developing countries, and that his government with of assistance from partners like the Global Fund had invested heavily in HIV/ AIDS prevention and treatment programmes. However, he reiterated his call upon the international community to increase its assistance in combating the disease.

While agreeing that it was time for the international community to come up with a structured international framework which would contain a comprehensive action plan for youth development, he condemned any country or group of countries “that uses the plight of young people in weaker states to achieve their own sinister political ends, such as regime change.”

According to UNICEF’s latest report on the rights of the child, progress has been made to improve the lives of women and children in Zimbabwe, but noted that reduced access to basic social services, lack of social protection mechanisms, Gender Based Violence (GBV) and child abuse were major impediments for women and children’s development. It also highlights endemic poverty and HIV /AIDS as contributing to high levels of vulnerability.

The report also found that every day 100 children under the age of five and eight women were dying from mostly preventable deaths. More than a third of children face permanent limitation on their life and potential due to chronic malnutrition or stunting. In addition, as the economy had faltered, the data demonstrated that the poorest quintiles of the population had suffered the most in terms of declining access to services.
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