Youth Employment Summit (YES) Kenya 2006 Nairobi, Kenya, September 13-16, 2006 "Creating Markets…unleashing Entrepreneurship" The Government of Kenya, through its Ministry of State For Youth Affairs, in partnership with Youth Employment Summit Campaign, Education Development Center, Inc., USA will host the next global Youth Employment Summit, YES Kenya 2006. The third global summit of the YES Campaign will be held from 13-16 September 2006 at Kenyatta International Conference Center, Nairobi. His Excellency, Hon. Mwai Kibaki, the President of the Republic of Kenya will chair "YES Kenya 2006". The event, supported by a variety of development partners including the YES Kenya Networks, UN HABITAT, GTZ, and UNDP will pivot around the main themes "Creating Markets…..Unleashing Entrepreneurs, Building Trade Capacity, Attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Building an Entrepreneurial Culture". In September 2002, under the co-chair of President Bill Clinton and First Lady of Egypt, Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak 1600 delegates (1000 youth) from 120 countries launched the decade long YES Campaign. The YES Campaign is a youth-led response to the enormous global challenge of youth unemployment. In over 70 countries, young leaders are bringing together diverse stakeholders through the in country infrastructure of YES Country Networks to take actions that result in productive and sustainable employment for youth. The YES Campaign works with national and global partners to develop effective programs and deploy resources that realize the following goals: Develop capacity of youth to lead in-country youth employment initiatives Promote (in-country) youth employment to address key development challenges Build in-country coalitions to develop national strategies addressing youth unemployment YES Kenya 2006, will build on the previous two global summits of the Youth Employment Summit Campaign, viz. Alexandria YES 2002 and Mexico YES 2004 and showcase the accomplishments of the YES Country Networks across the globe. The summit constitutes a milestone event as it is the third of the six global summits to be held during the decade-long Youth Employment Summit Campaign (2002-2012) and the first one to be held in Sub-Saharan Africa, the cradle of many of the 70 Youth Employment Summit Country Networks. It is anticipated that at YES Kenya 2006, there will be about 2000 delegates from over 120 countries of which 1000 will be youth. It will be a forum to address the issue of creating markets for goods and services for rural areas and unleashing widespread entrepreneurship efforts to eradicate poverty. Innovative policies, best practices and ideas, will be shared and used for initiating committed and collaborative action. This will not be just another event but will be organized as a workshop based learning event, to build capacity to conceptualize programs and policies; build partnerships for program implementation to combat youth unemployment. YES Kenya will include Ministerial meetings and Civil Society Forum that includes plenary sessions, breakout Sessions, Regional Sessions, open forums, and skills development workshops. Further, Youth Employment Summit Kenya 2006 will be a working summit where multi-stakeholder collaboration will lead the actions that can be transformed into employment opportunities for youth and contribute to fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). http://www.yesweb.org/2006/index.htm I think those of us living in Africa should take advantage of opportunities like this when they come knocking.