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  Honourable Minister of Economic Planning & Development (MEPD) launching the document with Minister of Sports Youth & Culture. Looking on are UN Resident Coordinator & MEPD Principal Secretary©UNFPA Swaziland 2017

 The Honourable Minister of Economic Planning, and Development, Prince Hlangusempi today launched the African Union Roadmap on Harnessing the Demographic dividend through Investments in Youth at a breakfast meeting. Dignitaries who were also present at the event included the Honorable Minister of Sports Culture and Youth Affairs and the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Israel Dessalegne. Speaking at the event, the Minister noted that “the African Union theme is most relevant to the population issues confronting Swaziland and that Government acknowledges the sense of urgency that comes with seizing the demographic window of opportunity while it lasts”. The UN Resident Coordinator highlighted that the United Nations System, under the leadership of UNFPA, has contributed significantly towards shaping the demographic dividend agenda at continental and national levels, he further highlighted that youth employment is a stimulus to harnessing the demographic dividend.  Other dignitaries that attended the launch included the Secretary to Cabinet, Mr. Mbuso Dlamini, Head of Operations at the European Union, Ms. Ariane Labart, WHO Resident Representative, Dr. Tigest Ketsela-Mengestu, the UNICEF Resident Representative, Ms. Rachel Odede, UNESCO Secretary General,Ms. Hazel Zungu, FAO Assistant Representative, Ms. Khanyisile Mabuza, Principal Secretary (PS) from the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, Mr. Bertram Stewart, and P.S. at the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office Ms. Khangeziwe Mabuza, Youth Representatives from the Swaziland National Youth Council, Directors from government departments, parastals and non-governmental organizations. 

WHO Resident Representative Dr. Tigest Ketsela-Mengestu,EU Representative Ms Ariane Labat,

UNICEF Representative Ms. Rachel Odede, Secretary To Cabinet Mr. Mbuso Dlamini ©UNFPA Swaziland 2017 


UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Israel Dessalegne delivering his remarks, looking on from right are ESARO Regional Advisor on Population Dynamics, 

Mr. Richmond Tiemoko,Honourable Minister of Economic Planning & Development Prince Hlangusempi & 

Honourable Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs David Ngcamphalala©UNFPA Swaziland2017