In the bid to mobilize citizens, youths in particular, to participate in the Sustainable Development Goals, the Abia State government has launched the Sustainable Development Goals Youth Action Mapper (SDG YAM) initiative.
SDG YAM is a mobile application that uses a state of-the-art mobile GIS platform and supporting tools, which allows youth conveniently participate and generate citizen-relevant data on progress made toward achieving the Global Goals via their mobile phones.
The launch event, which recently took place, made Abia alongside Liberia, the first places to pilot the tool in Africa. Abia is the lone sub-national government and only the third government in Africa to join the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. The program also featured a technical session to help youth understand the SDGs.
The occasion, which was organized by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant on SDGs, hosted over 100 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in the state as well as other stakeholders including the Commissioner of Youth Development & Job Creation, senior aides and special advisers to the Governor.
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