Join ACP YPN at European Development Days 2016

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For the first time the African Caribbean Pacific Young Professionals Network (ACP YPN) will be represented at the European Development Days (EDDs). Our ACP YPN Ambassadors will share the platform with the ONE Campaign, the United Nations Development programme (UNDP) and the EU Committee of the Regions for the following youth-led sessions:

Recipes for ending hunger (Wednesday, 15 June 2016 at 14.15 in B2)
Win-win solutions for migration: How to leverage the benefits of migration for development (Thursday, June 16, 2016 – 09:15 in D2)
Localising the Sustainable Development Goals (Thursday, June 16 2016 at 09.15 in D5)

These sessions will be complemented by the ACP YPN interactive stand in collaboration with ONE Campaign in the EDD’s Development Village.

Youth issues are rising high on the agenda for governments and international organisations. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has highlighted the non-negligible role that young people play as the “torch bearers” of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yentyl Williams, Founder & President of ACP YPN explains, “Young people must play an active role in the implementation of the SDGs, after all we are both the generation that will inherit the legacy of SDGs and the authors of the future post-2030 Agenda. Moreover, as there is no single ‘youth SDG’ and young people are mentioned just five times in the 169 SDG targets, young people and policy-makers must work together at different levels to achieve the future that the SDGs promise”

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ACP YPN is an entirely youth-led organisation based in Brussels, advocating for greater inclusion of diverse youth perspectives in policy-making at the EU and ACP levels. ACP YPN is committed to providing a platform where ACP youth can speak with one voice and actively participate in shaping the world they want to live in, and the future of EU-ACP relations, through participation and contribution in high-level debates and social events.

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ACP YPN on SDGs in EU external policies at EESC

On 1st June, ACP YPN were invited to share their opinions on implementing SDGs in EU external policies at the European Economic and Social Committee hearing: “The 2030 Agenda – an EU committed to sustainable development globally”. Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN, Founder and President explained the mission and goals of ACP YPN, and the Article 26 of the legally binding ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement on ‘youth issues’. Here is the programme. Here is the presentation.

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Yentyl explained where youth are in the SDGs: There is not one SDG dedicated to youth. However, ‘youth’ are mentioned five times amongst the 169 SDG targets, in SDG4, SDG8 and SDG13 on education, employment and climate change respectively. Recognising that the inclusion of young people in the SDG Agenda as non-negligible – as youth are the next generation to inherit the legacy of the SDGs and the future generation to write the post-SDG Agenda –  Yentyl made three recommendations and explained how ACP YPN is the youth organisation to accompany SDG stakeholders in implementation to:

1.Pioneer Youth-mainstreaming

2.Align SDGs with Regional Agendas

3.Create an enabling environment for youth & youth organisations

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ACP YPN Opinion on TTIP & Implications for ACP countries

Yentyl Williams, Founder & President of ACP YPN presented at the high level symposium  on the implications of TTIP for the trade and investment of ACP countries, 24th May 2016, at the London Schools of Economics (LSE), London. The event was organised by the Ramphal Institute and the LSE in association with the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretariat, GIZ, the Africa Leadership Centre of King’s College London, War on Want and CUTS International. The symposium  provided information to African, Caribbean and Pacific policy-makers to help them increase their understanding of the direct and indirect implications of TTIP for their countries’ trade and investment. Here is the full programme and here is a summary of Yentyl’s intervention.

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Yentyl presented on ‘TTIP & Trade for All – the EU’s new trade and investment strategy – & the implications for ACP countries‘. She presented on the panel looking into ‘How TTIP might affect the Trade & Investment of ACP and vulnerable Commonwealth states.’ Here presentation began with a quote from Sir Ramphal‘s memoirs, Glimpses of a Global Life, (2014): The challenge that faces developing countries is not merely the challenge of economic development, but the fact that in failure lies the danger of returning to a new dependency – a new kind of colonialism – deriving from economic weakness.” In her view, this rightfully underscores the challenge that ACP countries face today.

The presentation focused on (i) how the Trade strategy discusses TTIP with regard to economic development in general; (ii)  how the Strategy discusses TTIP vis-à-via ACP countries and (iii), TTIP in relation to the WTO and SDGs. Yentyl concluded with three recommendations:

  1. TTIP and the other emerging MRTAs must be a wake up call for ACP countries to get its house in order with regards to their own economic integration agenda.
  2. ACP countries need to address their trade competitiveness challenges by addressing the supply side constraints that have prevented diversifying exports, led to a dependence on preferential tariffs and lack of competitiveness in global markets.
  3. Insofar as ACP countries’ ability to influence the rules that govern the global trade is enhanced in a multilateral context, ACP countries must continue to advocate and work towards the strengthening of the multilateral system, to avoid a situation where the rules affecting ACP countries’ trade are set in discussions in which ACP countries are not party to. Complementary to this, ACP countries must engage the EU and the US on the issues being negotiated in the TTIP and the possible direct and indirect implications for economic transformation.

Forthcoming paper will be made available online.

TTIP & 3rd countries

Want to get in touch for trade and sustainable issues? Contact Yentyl: y.k.w@hotmail.com | @yentyl_w

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ACP YPN at EYE2016 – The Inclusion Champion & Diversity Ambassador

On 20-21 May, ACP YPN was represented for the first time at the European Youth Event at the European Parliament, Strasbourg. The delegation of 13 members of ACP YPN with 15 different EU-ACP nationalities took part in the two-day event of workshops and high-level panels on six different themes: 1) War and peace; 2) Exclusion or access; 3) Apathy of participation; 4) Collapse or success; 5) Stagnation or innovation; 6) Health and Well-being. The highlights were Yentyl Williams, Founder and President of ACP YPN being featured by the European Commission as The Inclusion Champion and being invited to be Diversity Ambassador by the Vice-President of the European Parliament (MEP) Mairead McGuiness.

EYE was particularly interested to know which problems youth wished to see solved. Yentyl took the floor at the plenary session to share ACP YPN response: Problem – There are no EU Ambassadors for inclusion and diversity. The Canadian PM Justin Trudeau recently said that diversity is not just social policy, diversity is the engine that drives innovation and growth. Where are the EU public figures that promote inclusiveness of young people, irrespective of race, ethnicity, origin, religion and economic status, both at the level of the MS and EU-wide?

EYE organisers asked what should the European Parliament do to tackle it. ACP YPN responded that the European Parliament should appoint Ambassadors for Inclusion and promote implementation of commitments on ‘youth issues’ at high-level EU debates about inclusion. It should hold the EU MS accountable for their commitments on youth issues in international agreements, in particular the EU-ACP Cotonou Partnership Agreement Article 26 on ‘youth issues’. The European Parliament should also lead on ‘youth mainstreaming’, as part of Agenda 2030.

EYE team were also keen to know why  this issue particularly important for ACP YPN and other citizens. ACP YPN believe that the issue of inclusion is extremely important because origins should not define opportunities. The experience of our members as European and non-European (with multiple nationalities and cultures) makes ACP YPN members in particular, more aware of the problems of inclusion in the EU. Policies need to be implemented proactively to foster greater inclusion. Tackling inclusion tackles inter-related issues (employment, mobility, active citizenship and participation) and leads to better choice, opportunities and change.

Check out the ACP YPN EYE Delegation of ACP YPN Ambassadors 2016:

  • Barry Owino, ACP YPN Exponential Technology Expert and Entrepreneur
  • Diana Cocoru, ACP YPN Digital Policy and Right of Nature Expert
  • Dana Schumans, ACP YPN Digital Inclusion Expert
  • Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Trade and Sustainable Development Expert

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Join ‘Youth’ discussion at ACP-EU JPA, Windhoek, Namibia 12/06/2016

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Are you in Windhoek, Namibia this Sunday?Logo-ACPYoungProfessionalsNetwork

Join the ACP EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly for the first ever discussion on ‘youth issues’! Here is the invitation.

ACP YPN has worked to get ‘youth’ on the agenda, and this shall be a unique opportunity to discuss joint cooperation on Article 26 Cotonou Partnership Agreement on ‘youth issues’.
Join us this Sunday 12 June from 1pm at the Safari Conference Centre, Windhoek. And join th conversation @acpYPN twitter using the hashtag #ACPEU.

For any more information, write to us: acpypn@gmail.com

Join ‘Youth’ discussion at ACP-EU JPA, Windhoek, Namibia 12/06/2016

 

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Are you in Windhoek, Namibia this Sunday?
Join the ACP EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly for the first ever discussion on ‘youth issues’! Here is the invitation.

ACP YPN has worked to get ‘youth’ on the agenda, and this shall be a unique opportunity to discuss joint cooperation on Article 26 Cotonou Partnership Agreement on ‘youth issues’.
Join us this Sunday 12 June from 1pm at the Safari Conference Centre, Windhoek. And join th conversation @acpYPN twitter using the hashtag #ACPEU.

For any more information, write to us: acpypn@gmail.com