Youth tapped to help achieve MDGs

Posted at 02/15/12 3:52 PM

Television personality Iya Villania addresses the youth during "Unite for MDGs," a free concert celebrating the power of the youth in helping achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

MANILA, Philippines -- A solidarity night and free concert was recently held to encourage the youth to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight targets anchored on eradicating poverty.

The event, dubbed "Unite for MDGs," was held last week at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. It brought together students, national government agencies, members of the United Nations Civil Society Assembly, and MDG advocates Iya Villania, Bam Aquino, Albay governor Joey Salceda and Iza Abeja.

The two-hour concert featured performances from Itchyworms, The Bloomfields, Brownman Revival and Color It Red.

"The lack of anything that can and should be available for citizens, particularly for the youth, should be addressed especially when it leads to the option of leaving their own land and family. That shouldn't have to be the case," said Villania, who is helping raise awareness on youth employment and migration.

"Many things are affected -- family life, culture, values, and safety. The issue can be properly addressed if different sectors work hand in hand so that the Filipino youth will have hope in their own country no matter what career path they wish to take," she added.

Aquino, co-founder and president of social business enterprise Microventures Inc., is advocating for effective water governance. "Water is life. Access to clean and potable water should be available for all Filipino families. It helps address multiple issues, from health to allowing women and children to reach their potential," he said.

The MDGs, an international agreement which spans from 2004 to 2015, are aimed at assessing social problems and promoting growth in basic sectors. The goals touch on hunger, education, gender equality and health care, among others.