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Seventeen cyclists were, on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, flagged off from the COMESA Secretariat in Lusaka, Zambia on a 500 KM road trip to Livingstone. The initiative is intended to raise awareness on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Assistant Secretary General Ambassador Kipyego Cheluget flagged off the cyclists that included one woman and 16 men.

“COMESA is a strong believer in the SDGs and their important role in transforming our world hence our support to this initiative,” Ambassador Cheluget said. “It is an exciting moment to see young people energized to popularize the 17 SDGs.”

The activity was organized by Afrikaspeaks, a civil society organization. Mr Munyaradzi Muzenda, the AfricaSpeaks Director said the cyclists will ride for 54 km daily representing the 54 African countries.

“The main objective of the cycling is to sensitize Zambia, COMESA and Africa on the SDGs and the Africa we want and how “no one should be left behind” to achieve them,” he said. “Specifically, how Zambian Youths and COMESA young people can use their dreams and talents to empower themselves to live their dreams in achieving the SDGs.”

COMESA Director of Gender Mrs Beatrice Hamusonde applauded the young people for taking the initiative to popularize the SDGs. Specifically, she lauded the only woman in the team of cyclists for her confidence to take part in the grueling trip noting that this was a strong statement on the place of gender equity in all aspects of social economic development.

COMESA donated 100 T-shirts for the initiative.