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Sierra Leone's Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs Attends the Global Reset Forum in Ankara, Turkey, 10th-12th September, 2021








The World Youth Summit is a youth lead organization registered in South Africa, with a strong focus on youth capacity development and leadership training. It has representation in forty (40) countries and manages a large group of registered members with whom it engages through educational programs, model United Nations simulations, speaking engagement, and other platforms for learning leadership, business, and other skills.

Deputy Ambassador Paul A.S. Minah (M-L) and Sierra Leone's Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Mr. Lusine Kallon (M-R)

The 3-days forum was designed to be a platform for youth across the globe to critically analyze and review the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Agenda 2030. The forum hosted 190 delegates from all spheres of governance and representatives from the United Nations. It was guided by SDG 2, 4, 5, and 8. The discussions and deliberations on actions were focused on those four SDGs.


The main objectives of the forum included;

  • Engaging leaders on sustainable development and providing a global platform for youth to review and contribute to the 2030 Agenda, regional, and local development plans.
  • Promoting continuous education and skills building in entrepreneurship, Business leadership, Public Management, Civil Leadership, Ethical and Transformative leadership, and Social Innovation.
  • Developing actionable projects as part of the outcomes of the conference.

The forum was attended by the following dignitaries;

  • The Dean of African Diplomatic Corps in Turkey “H.E. Abdillahi Houssein”
  • The Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs Sierra Leone “Hon. Lusine Kallon”
  • The president of YTB H.E. Sir Abdullah Eren
  • The Executive Chairperson of Inure Africa “Amb. Dr. Khumoetsile Moetse
  • The CEO of World Youth Summit NPC “Amb. Dr. Hassan Rengou Mfouakie
  • The Deputy Ambassador of Sierra Leone to Turkey, Mr. Paul A.S. Minah
  • The president of AIESEC Ankara Turkey “Ms. Begüm Özhan
  • Sir Abdul Dewale Mohamed, Executive President of AASGON
  • Sharron J. Brown, Author
  • Kiiza Saddam Hussein, Lawyer at UNICEF
  • Jasmina Siderovski, CEO eYs Magazine
  • Parvez Hayat, Independence External Monitor
  • Sadia Lakehal, President of Global Women in Industry 4.0 & AgriTech Summit

In his keynote address, the Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs of Sierra Leone, Mr. Lusine Kallon, called on world leaders to focus on youth empowerment as they are the actors that will steer the world into sustainable development. With the subject ‘‘The Role of Youth in Sustainable Development’’, the Deputy Minister dilated that young people constitute the greatest proportion of the world population. In this vein, he referenced Sierra Leone as a case study.

Sierra Leone's Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs (L) talking to a journalist

He informed the forum that the Government of Sierra Leone under the leadership of President Bio has prioritized Human Capital Development, to create an avenue where young people can access the necessary tools to promote change and contribute to viable development.

With two-thirds of the country’s population depending on Agriculture, the Deputy Minister avowed that the Government of Sierra Leone has established the Youth in Agriculture Project through the Ministry of Youth Affairs, to ensure food security, reduce hunger, and create an enabling market for young people.

In a world where innovation and ICT are integral components of modern development, the Deputy Minister encouraged young people to better position themselves and capitalize on the opportunities presented by the digital age in building digital set skills that will enable them to establish online businesses, create innovative products, and promote young talents in the music, fashion, and other creative industries that will booster their socio-economic status.

Describing young people as agents of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, the Deputy Minister in his closing statement entreated young people to better position themselves to address the challenges the world is faced with.


For more Enquiries:

Hawa Georgette Tucker

Information Attaché

Sierra Leone Embassy

Ankara Turkey  




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