African Monitor in partnership with Western African Youth Network and ROJALNU has launched the Voice Africa’s Future campaign on Saturday 10 August 2013, at the Jean Pierre Guingane Youth Centre, in Ouagadougou.
More than 1500 people attended the launch ceremony and there was representation of high profiles from the national Government, City of Burkina Faso, United Nations agencies, international organizations, Civil Society organizations and youth associations.
There was a performance by famous and local musicians, including the UN MDG ambassador in Burkina Faso.
The key-note speaker was the UNAIDS Country Representative who encouraged young people to take this opportunity to share their thoughts and vision about their future, their country and the continent. The VAF campaign was officially launched by the Minister of Youth, who commended African Monitor for choosing Burkina Faso as the only Francophone country to participate, in what he described as an “exciting youth campaign”. He then encouraged the youth to actively participate in the campaign and contribute in shaping the future development goals.
The launch ceremony was largely covered by various media, including the Burkina Faso national TV and radio station, who interviewed the panel and some participants. The launch and interviews were broadcasted for two days.