ACP YPN strongly believes that the establishment of the ACP-EU partnership agreement has been an important and necessary step in the evolution of international relations between both regions, and this partnership can deliver to effectively tackle global challenges. While the ACP YPN recognises the concrete results, in line with the global strategies, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), ACP YPN regrets that lack of targeted action on ‘youth issues’ enshrined in Article 26 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA).
ACP YPN has identified that the partnership has been ineffective in directly tackling global challenges related to youth. ACP YPN does recognise the spillover effect of effective partnership on global challenges, such as health. However, the partnership can deliver more effectively in relation to the challenges linked to youth, youth development, and youth employment. ACP YPN believes that the partnership can be more effective through targeted action with concrete visible and communicable outcomes.
ACP YPN believes that ‘youth friendly’ policies, in the context of the new SDGs framework and in particular with regards to SDGs 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 16, 17 will strengthen results and the added-value of the partnership in the future. ACP YPN has identified a number of strategic actions to increase the effectiveness of the partnership in relation to the global challenge of education:
(I) Foster exchange between young professionals in various fields, through the EU’s Erasmus+ programme and complementary initiatives;
(II) Establish a College of Europe ACP scholarship, which allows one A, one C and one P student per year to complete the advanced masters in the different EU-focused domains;
(III) Assist ACP regions to establish regional College’s based on the College of Europe model to foster regional;
(IV) On the issue of employment: Assist the ACP Secretariat to establish a fully paid and effective internship scheme in both the Brussels and Geneva offices, based on the European Commission Bluebook model;
(V) On tackling global challenges in general, partnership should: strengthen diplomatic young professionals exchanges between EU member states and the ACP states.
Here is the complete ACP YPN response to the consultation.
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