Nigerian emerges President-General of World Youth Organisation
YOUTHS DIGEST – Ambassador Matthew Adeyemi Adeniyi has emerged the substantive President-General of the World Youth Organization, an affiliate of the United Nations. Adeniyi was elected and inaugurated on Saturday in New Delhi, India as the first elected President-General of the WYO after a keenly contested election.
He defeated contestants from eight countries.
These are US, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Yemen, Palestine, Albania, Sudan and Nepal.
According to Davies Johnson from Austria, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Adeniyi polled 1,679 votes to defeat his closest rival, Jack Adraka of the United States, who scored 511 votes. Adeniyi, who was proclaimed as an ambassador in 2013 at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA, clinched the coveted seat in a clean win at te venue of the event in Vigyan Bhawan.
Prior to the election and inauguration of the Ambassador Adeniyi-led executive, which will run the affairs of the world youth body for the next four years, the WYO was run by a transition committee headed by Max Goodwin Kieran from Romford, the United Kingdom.
Other executive members who would steer the ship of the organization with Ambassador Adeniyi for the next four years are Karla Sugey Rodriguez (Mexico), Secretary General; Claire Pace (Malta), Treasurer; and Vice Presidents Devjyoti Dutya (North America), Rochana Richardson (Europe), Emmah Musenyah (Africa), Fursan Mohammed (Asia), Junior Menezes (South America), Elvana Shala (Australia).
All other countries of the world are represented at the executive committee level. Adeniyi, who hails from Ogbomoso, Oyo State, has been involved in youth projects and empowerment activities since his days as a student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso and The Western University of Ontario, Canada. Notable among the achievements of Adeniyi as a youth leader and diplomat are the establishment of the global Youth Trust Funds and the passage of Youth Empowerment Schemes Bill into law when he was the President of the United Nations Global Youths and the Convener of the Confederation of the United Nations Youth during the tenure of Ban Ki-Moon, the immediate past Secretary-General of the United Nations. Addressing the delegates at the assembly, Adeniyi said he would uphold the tenets of the WYO and work towards the achievement of the main objectives of the biggest global youth organization, which was primarily founded for the welfare of youths across the globe and promotion of awareness on the importance of participation in the leadership process of every nation of the world.
Speaking further, Ambassador Adeniyi stated that he, with his other executive members, would work towards the WYO’s goals using the organisation’s ideology of friendship and unity. World leaders and dignitaries at the event included Vice President of India, Mohammed Hmid Ansariof; Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations; India’s Minister of External Affairs, Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna; Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ajay Maken; National Security Adviser, Shivshankar Menon; Ambassador Almad Alhendawi, Special Envoy on Youth Affairs to the United Nation’s Secretary-General; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; and Ministers of Youth Affairs across the world.
Source: Eagle Online