Youth Day celebrations for Urban Refugees

The International Youth Day is an international event during which the whole world recognizes the contribution of youth in accordance with Resolution A/RES/54/120 of the UN General Assembly. Inter Aid Uganda/ UNHCR/ Office of the Prime Minister in partnership with urban refugees joined the rest of the world to commemorate the Day under the theme “Youth Employment and Sexual Reproductive Health” on 15th August, 2014 at Old Kampala and Fairway Hotel. Objectives of the Commemoration To advocate for urban Refugee youth access to public services. To inform the host population and general public about refugees To promote urban Refugee local integration and peaceful co- existence within the host communities. To show case the capacities, skills and talents among the urban refugee youth. In attendance were senior UNHCR staff including the Country Representative, Office of the Prime Minister and other key partners and stakeholders in development and refugees programs in Uganda. The celebrations included a procession from IAU offices to old Kampala by refugees, football marches between Urban Refugee VS Refugees from Kiryandongo settlement and Refugee youth VS Nationals team. Reproductive health services were also provided that included HIV Counseling and Testing services, distribution of male and female condoms and sanitary towels. A musical gala at FairWay Hotel by refugees climaxed the occasion

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