ACP YPN at Commonwealth Youth Leadership Training

On 16-18 March, Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder and President was invited to take part in the Commonwealth’s Youth Leadership Training 2016, at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.

Yentyl represented the ACP YPN, as the only ‘extra-Commonwealth’ network involved in the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Training. Yentyl was awarded the life title, ‘Commonwealth Champion’, by Katherine Ellis, The Commonwealth Youth Division Director for her contribution to creating a Commonwealth that is mutually respectful, resilient, peaceful and prosperous and that cherishes, quality, diversity and shared values.

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Katherine Ellis, The Commonwealth Youth Director awards Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder & President, the title of “Commonwealth Champion”.

Yentyl also represented ACP YPN at the Commonwealth Annual Youth Leaders’ Prize Ceremony in the opulent and historic Malborough House, home to The Commonwealth. ACP YPN congratulates the winners of the Commonwealth Youth Awards 2016 from the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions.

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From left to right: Mr. Bal Kama from Papa New Guinea (Pacific) awarded for his contribution to enterprise development and youth employment; Ms. Shamoy Hajare from Jamaica (Caribbean) also awarded for enterprise development and youth employment; and Mr. Achaleke Christian Leke from Cameroon (Africa), awarded for his contribution to peace and security.

ACP YPN had the opportunity to begin strategic discussions with the the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE). ACP YPN stands united with CAYE regional networks (Asia-Pacific, Caribbean and Canada, and East Africa) to contribute to building an international entrepreneurial ecosystem which is youth-friendly, sustainable and inclusive.

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This was a fantastic experience for ACP YPN to connect with Commonwealth youth networks, all across ACP regions and develop partnerships for sustainable development. ACP YPN highly commends the Commonwealth You Division for their proactive actions to create an enabling environment for youth and youth organisations to flourish and achieve their potential. Watch this space!

ACP YPN – #FightRacism on #RacialDiscriminationDay 21/03

On 19-20 March 2016, ACP YPN attended the International Civil Society Roundtable on Durban World Conference Against Racism’s (WCAR) 15th anniversary in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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It was a unique occasion to learn about the UN’s resolution on the International Decade of People of African Descent and the aims to set-up a coalition for monitoring and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Plan of Action (DDPA).

ACP YPN met with Dr. Doudou Diene – UN Special Rapporteur racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia and Former Director UNESCO Slave Route project. Dr. Diene identified three important points for consideration: (i) Who are Afro-descendants?; (ii) Are they linked to the slave trade?; (iii) What is their place in societies today? In response to these three questions, Dr. Diene highlighted the need to (i) de-racialise colour; (ii) get a universal perspective by not reducing African history to the slave trade; (iii) transform from victims to agents of change.

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On 21st March, the International Elimination of Racism Day, and in the spirit of its ACP YPN’s mission and goals, ACP YPN continues to advocate for more inclusive dialogue as a means to foster more inclusive policies throughout the entirety of its activities this day and every day.

ACP YPN celebrate International Women's Day with ACP & AU

ACP YPN celebrated International Women’s Day 2016 – #IWD2016 – at the African Union mission to the EU in the morning, and at the ACP Secretariat in the afternoon, followed by an ACP cocktail dinner and live band.

H.E Ajay Bramdeo, Ambassador of the African Union to the EU and ACP chaired the Celebration of International Women’s Day with the Women’s Organizations in the Diaspora held under the  AU Theme: “2016: African Year of Human Rights with a Special Focus on Rights of Women.”

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From left to right: Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder & President, and Karen Owusu, ECOWAS EPA Expert.

Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder & President,  reflected on her experience as a young professional woman and was pleased to see so many women seated at the table. However, she highlighted that today must not be an exception, women and men need to work together to ensure that there is more gender parity, and this must also involve greater inter-generational debate. She also expressed her desire to see more men engaged in the 2017 celebration, as well as a stronger inter-generational focus.

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The ACP Secretariat celebrated #IWD2016 with a series of speeches, cultural performances, including an ethical and suatainable fashion show and discussed the issue of gender parity in the context of Sustainable Development Goal #5. Under the theme “Women moving forward”, presentations – by Assistant Secretary General in charge of Political Affairs and Human Development Amb. Léonard Ognimba; Prof. Patricia Sellers,  International Criminal Lawyer; Ambassador Dr. Len Ishmael of the Eastern Caribbean States, Ambassador Vilma McNish of Jamaica, and by Ms. Katalaina Sapolu, Director of the Rule of Law Programme at the Commonwealth Secretariat; President of the ACP Ambassadors’ Spouses Association, Mme. Lilian Leuelu of Tuvalu – emphasised the resilience of women around the world but also, the continued need to fight for gender parity. In this regard, UN Women-EU director Dagmar Schumacher underscored the importance of striving for “Planet-50-50 by 2030”,in other words, setting the ambitious goal of achieving global gender parity by 2030. The Celebrations continued with an exquisite selection of traditional foods from ACP countries.

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 From left to right: Zama Nkosi, Europe Africa Public Affairs Director, Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder & President, Dr. Natallie Corrie-Kordas, ACP Political Affairs officer and Vanessa Kabuta, International Development Expert.
Here is the ACP press release and check out the full ACP photo album here.

Check out ACP choir performing Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman, No Cry’ here.

Check out ACP’s Political Affairs officer performing Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption song’ here.

ACP YPN celebrate International Women’s Day with ACP & AU

ACP YPN celebrated International Women’s Day 2016 – #IWD2016 – at the African Union mission to the EU in the morning, and at the ACP Secretariat in the afternoon, followed by an ACP cocktail dinner and live band.

H.E Ajay Bramdeo, Ambassador of the African Union to the EU and ACP chaired the Celebration of International Women’s Day with the Women’s Organizations in the Diaspora held under the  AU Theme: “2016: African Year of Human Rights with a Special Focus on Rights of Women.”

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From left to right: Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder & President, and Karen Owusu, ECOWAS EPA Expert.

Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder & President,  reflected on her experience as a young professional woman and was pleased to see so many women seated at the table. However, she highlighted that today must not be an exception, women and men need to work together to ensure that there is more gender parity, and this must also involve greater inter-generational debate. She also expressed her desire to see more men engaged in the 2017 celebration, as well as a stronger inter-generational focus.

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The ACP Secretariat celebrated #IWD2016 with a series of speeches, cultural performances, including an ethical and suatainable fashion show and discussed the issue of gender parity in the context of Sustainable Development Goal #5. Under the theme “Women moving forward”, presentations – by Assistant Secretary General in charge of Political Affairs and Human Development Amb. Léonard Ognimba; Prof. Patricia Sellers,  International Criminal Lawyer; Ambassador Dr. Len Ishmael of the Eastern Caribbean States, Ambassador Vilma McNish of Jamaica, and by Ms. Katalaina Sapolu, Director of the Rule of Law Programme at the Commonwealth Secretariat; President of the ACP Ambassadors’ Spouses Association, Mme. Lilian Leuelu of Tuvalu – emphasised the resilience of women around the world but also, the continued need to fight for gender parity. In this regard, UN Women-EU director Dagmar Schumacher underscored the importance of striving for “Planet-50-50 by 2030”,in other words, setting the ambitious goal of achieving global gender parity by 2030. The Celebrations continued with an exquisite selection of traditional foods from ACP countries.

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 From left to right: Zama Nkosi, Europe Africa Public Affairs Director, Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder & President, Dr. Natallie Corrie-Kordas, ACP Political Affairs officer and Vanessa Kabuta, International Development Expert.
Here is the ACP press release and check out the full ACP photo album here.

Check out ACP choir performing Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman, No Cry’ here.

Check out ACP’s Political Affairs officer performing Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption song’ here.