International Youth Day 2020

12 August was designated International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999, and serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth.

The theme of International Youth Day 2020 is “Youth Engagement for Global Action”, and seeks to highlight the ways in which young people at the local, national and global levels are enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.

To celebrate the day, GWP is organising an online discussion with GWP Youth Engagement Specialist Rianna Gonzales, who will be interviewing GWP Southern Africa Youth Coordinator Paseka Lesolang. Their topic of discussion is Youth engagement in the water sector: Moving from advocate to influencer. The discussion starts on the GWP Facebook page at 15:00 CEST.

Who is Paseka?

Paseka is responsible for youth, innovation, jobs and industrialisation in the GWP Southern Africa office in Pretoria, South Africa. Under this portfolio, he has facilitated the launch of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Youth Water, Energy, Food Nexus Innovation Network (SAYWIN) on behalf of GWP Southern Africa and SADC. Since the launch of SAYWIN in March 2019 to date, Paseka has been actively involved in the promotion of SAYWIN to internal and external stakeholders, including, but not limited to GIZ, USAID, Austria, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

Paseka has a commerce background and for the past 10 years, and he is recognised as a multinational award-winning innovator and high impact entrepreneur. Paseka’s most prominent entrepreneurial venture to date is WHC (Water Hygiene Convenience), which is a water management solutions company that is very passionate about the preservation of the most precious resource – water. To date WHC has created over 25 jobs for the youth, which he has been leading, and has saved over 70 mega liters of water since 2016 through its innovative Water Resource Management approaches. Learn more about how Paseka founded WHC.

Join the discussion on 12 August at 15:00 CEST.