Without involvement of women and youth, the world misses an opportunity to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Without the full involvement of women and youth, the world misses an opportunity to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), President Hage Geingob has said.

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, Geingob said he hopes Namibia achieves 50/50 gender parity at the highest levels of governance and leadership.

I would like to say from here as we are going to have elections on 27 November that our Parliament, which is now 47 per cent women We hope after [the] elections there will be about 50 per cent women in Parliament.

Geingob added: I would like to commit from this platform as I hope to be re-elected and form a new government that the Cabinet must also be 50/50.

He noted that the world is approaching the 20th anniversary of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security which was adopted under Namibia's presidency of the UN Security Council in the year 2000.

The Namibian president also said he welcomes the increased participation of women in UN and African Union (AU) peacekeeping operations as global leaders prepare to assess the women peace and security agenda next year.

Source: Namibia Press Agency