There are six million youth pacing the streets of Kenya and I am sure this happens to be the case in other countries within the East African region.
The Ministry of East Africa Community, COMESA, the Civil Society, and the Private Sector together with United Nations Agencies planned this conference following the recent UN General Assembly adoption of the resolution (UN Res 66/27) on volunteer action addressing Sustainable Development and Peace objectives.
On behalf of the Steering committee, I wish to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the Amb. Sahle-Work Zewde, the Director General of United Nations Office at Nairobi(UNON), all other UN Agencies, Mr. David Nalo, the convening Patron, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of East Africa Community, who is leading the Inter-ministerial task-force committee, the conference directors, that includes:
Dr. Martin Oduor-Otieno the Group C.E.O Kenya Commercial Bank, Dr. Markandey Rai of UN-Habitat, and Mr. David Caprara the Director of the International Volunteering Project at Brookings. The conference secretariat led by Mr. Vincent Rapando as the Secretary General and all the steering committee members, partners and sponsors for facilitating the organization of this conference. As a country, Kenya is honoured to host this conference and it will provide an opportune moment for us in East Africa Region and the greater COMESA tripartite to deliberate on critical issues of the youth and come up with concrete action plans and regional youth service volunteer programs.
In November 2010, H.E President Mwai Kibaki, the President of the Republic of Kenya, endorsed the formation of an East Africa Peace Service Corps along with Rt. Honourable Raila Odinga, H.E Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka the Vice President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E Honorable Girma Wolde-Giorgis, the President of the Republic of Federal Democratic of Ethiopia and 1,400 delegates from 40 Nations all-over the World.