ACP YPN on Brexit & EPAs

On 15th July, Yentyl Williams, Founder & President of ACP YPN joined the Ramphal Institute to discuss ‘Brexit & EPAs – Exploring the Implications of trade of Commonwealth Developing Countries‘. Here is a copy of the presentation ‘Brexit & EPAs – A youth perspective’ and the full Roundtable video can be found here.

The presentation underlined (i) where youth are in Brexit, the EU-ACP partnership (Article 26 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement) and the EU-ACP EPAs; (ii) the structural challenges of Brexit for ACP & Commonwealth countries; (iii) and presented three recommendations.

It is noteworthy that in the UK referendum  in which 51.9% of the 72% of voters voted for the UK to leave the EU, while 48.1% voted for the UK to remain – the YouGov poll predicts that 75% of 18-24 year olds wanted to remain. Therefore youth population overwhelmingly wanted to remain, but the youth voice has been obscured in this debate.

While there are no specific losses for youth IN the EPA texts – (i) the Caribbean-EU EPA is the only EPA to reference young people, in relation to the UN Declaration on equal work and monitoring of the agreement; (ii) ‘youth issues’ in the spirit of Art.26 CPA have so far been under-utilised-  it is nevertheless urgent to improve youth inclusion in policy-making processes so that we can co-create the future that these agreements promise us.

Yentyl highlighted that the structural challenges for ACP and Commonwealth developing countries are the same for Brexit, as those of TTIP (see Ramphal Institute Symposium on TTIP & Implications for Trade and Investment of ACP countries). In this light, it is worth recalling Sir Shridath Ramphal:“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.” The three recommendations that were presented include:

 

  1. ACP countries must get their houses in order and focus on economic transformation, especially in run up to Post-Cotonou
  2. ACP countries to continue to engage on key trade issues, especially with EU27 market penetration (not just access)
  3. ACP must foster youth mainstreaming,  creating an enabling environment for youth and youth organisations

 

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ACP YPN takes #Path2Paris with #YFJAcademy

On 28th June – 01 August, ACP YPN won a place at the Youth Forum Academy’s 2016 training in Paris. Participating in the Youth Forum Academy 2016 was a concrete step for ACP YPN and European Youth Forum to show EU and ACP leaders that youth are making Article 26 of the joint EU-ACP partnership agreement work.

The Academy offered ACP YPN the opportunity to catalyse and refine our efforts to ‘Empower, Mobilise and Connect’ (the motto of #YFJAcademy 2016), and to participate in five key training activities:

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(i) ACP YPN took part to continue our advocacy on youth and SDGs by being part of the ‘Participation to sustainable development goals’ workshop.We have already contributed an article on ‘youth and SDGs’ to the EYF Yo!Mag; we have presented on the topic at the ACP Roundtable on Inter-Regional Cooperation for Agenda 2030 and we have been on two panels on the topic with the European Economic and Social Committee, and UNDP and Committee of the Regions for European Development Days.

(ii) The workshop on ‘Internal Communication’ offered us key training on best practice and ‘dos and don’ts’ to foster positive internal communication. This was vital for us as a small organisation with limited human resources and lots of communication to manage!

(iii) Attending the workshop on ‘Social media’ helped us greatly with our external communication, especially for interaction with our members spread all over the world.

(iv) As a relatively new organisation to the youth policy ecosystem, the workshop on ‘youth participation’ gave us a better understanding of opportunities to concretise our understanding of participation and strategically locate our organisation within this.

(v) Due to the very nature of our network, bringing together a diverse range of members – nationality, colour, ethnicity, religion, ability or disability – gaining a better understanding of ‘Anti-discrimination legislation (EU and national levels)’ was very useful for all our activities and outreach.

Overall, the Academy offered us an unique opportunity at a critical stage in our organisations’ development to catalyse and refine our efforts to ‘Empower, Mobilise and Connect.‘ It was also a unique opportunity to showcase how ACP YPN is ’empowering, mobilising and connecting’ young people through its advocacy that the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, use Article 26 of their legally binding agreement, the Cotonou Partnership Agreement on ‘youth issues’.

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ACP YPN asks: what role for youth in future EU-ACP partnership? (Videos)

On 15th and 16th June, ACP YPN marked their debut at the European Development Days (EDDs) and did not miss out on the occassion to ask top EU-ACP trade and development stakeholders ‘What role for youth in the future EU-ACP relations?’ This builds on ACP YPN’s response to the EU consultation on the future of EU-ACP relations. It is noteworthy that ACP YPN was the only youth organisation to respond to the consultation, exemplar of its continued efforts to give EU-ACP youth a voice in policy-making processes.

Here are the video responses given by key stakeholders.

 

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ACP YPN asks: what role for youth in the future EU-ACP partnership? (photos)

On 15th and 16th June, ACP YPN marked their debut at the European Development Days (EDDs) and did not miss out on the occassion to ask top EU-ACP trade and development stakeholders ‘What role for youth in the future EU-ACP relations?’ This builds on ACP YPN’s response to the EU consultation on the future of EU-ACP relations. It is noteworthy that ACP YPN was the only youth organisation to respond to the consultation, exemplar of its continued efforts to give EU-ACP youth a voice in policy-making processes.

Here is a slideshow of the interactive responses given by key stakeholders.

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ACP YPN at EDD – a first but not a last

For the first time the African Caribbean Pacific Young Professionals Network (ACP YPN) was represented at the European Development Days (EDDs). Our ACP YPN Ambassadors advocated for youth issues on platforms with our partners: the ONE Campaign, the United Nations Development programme (UNDP) and the EU Committee of the Regions. Thanks to great partnership and recognition of the importance of inclusive dialogues, ACP YPN had a voice speaking on the panels on nutrition with the ONE Campaign, and a stand, and on localising SDGs, with UNDP and Committee of the Regions. This was a unique opportunity for ACP YPN to interact with a wide range of experts, high-level policy officials, youth ambassadors and development policy stakeholders.

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This was an important landmark moment for ACP YPN as ‘youth issues’ continue to rise high on the agenda for governments and international organisations, yet there is still so much more to be done. Yentyl Williams, Founder & President of ACP YPN explains, “It is a great achievement for ACP YPN to mark its debut at the European Development Days with two panels and a stand with international partnerships with the UNDP, Committee of the Regions and the ONE Campaign, to disucss non-negligeable issues from nutrition to localising the SDGs. This is exemplary of the sustained effort of the ACP YPN team to ensure that ACP YPN fulfils its mission to play an active role in policy-making processes and its goals to improve the quality of the integration of diverse youth perspectives. Going forward, it is essential that ACP YPN continue to be at the forefront of key policy debates, after all, we are the generation that will inherit the legacy of today’s policies, ranging from the EU-ACP partnership to the SDG framework. Beyond the two days of EDD, we must continue to work together in an inclusive manner if we are ever going to achieve all that these agendas promise.”

The ACP YPN team for EDD16 included:

  1. Yentyl Williams, Founder & President, ACP YPN
  2. Dr. Ewald Jeune Joseph, ACP YPN Expert – SDG 2 (Health & Well-being)
  3. Nawsheen Hosenally, ACP YPN, Expert – SDG 3 (Nutrition & sustainable agriculture)
  4. Dana Schumans, ACP YPN Digital Inclusion Expert
  5. Danayi Musamirapamwe, ACP YPN Ambassador
  6. Vanessa Kabuta, ACP YPN Ambassador
  7. Outi Teiskonlahti, ACP YPN Ambassador
  8. Emmanuel Mailafia, CP YPN Ambassador
  9. Kaleke Koawole, ACP YPN Ambassador

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ACP YPN on SDGs with UNDP and EU CoR at EDD16

On 16th June, ACP YPN co-organised a session on ‘Localising the Sustainable Development Goals‘ with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ART Initiative and the Committee of the Regions (CoR). The session focused on how to tangibly implement the SDGs at the local level with the aim of developing an online toolkit to facilitate the process.Yentyl Williams, Founder & President of ACP YPN presented the work of ACP YPN and gave practical recommendations on localising SDGs vis-à-vis youth. Here is the presentation.

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Firstly, in response to ‘why is the localisation of SDGs important for youth?,’ Yentyl explained that currently under Art.26 of the EU-ACP Cotonou Partnership Agreement on youth issues there are provisionsfor realising the potential of youth so that they are better integrated into society to achieve their full   potential‘ and these must be used. Secondly, on ‘how can localising SDGs promote youth involvement in SDG implementation?‘, Yentyl said that youth must be engaged throughout the entire SDG process, as part of the collective endeavour. She recognised the fact that there is not one SDG dedicated to youth and youth are mentioned 5 times in the 169 targets, and recalled the UN SG Ban-Ki Moon quote that the SDGs as an ‘indivisible tapestry for collective action’ . Lastly, in response to ‘how can youth support the localisation of SDGs?‘, Yentyl explained that localising is logical and youth can and must support the implementation of SDGs.

Yentyl presented 3 recommendations: 1) Pioneer Youth mainstreaming; 2) Align SDGs with local and regional agendas; 3) Create an enabling environment for youth and youth organisations. The session concluded by agreeing that an inclusive implementation process is important, and youth must be at the centre of this. The online toolkit will be available shortly and shared via this platform.

The list of speakers include:

  1. Johannes Krassnitzer, ART Programme Specialist, UNDP
  2. Federico Buyolo, Director for Cooperation, Generalitat of Valencia
  3. Santiago Gallo, Representative Confederação Nacional de Municípios, Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments (GTF)
  4. Christophe Rouillon, Mayor of the City of Coulaines, Committee of the Regions
  5. Yentyl Williams, Founder, ACP Young Professionals Network

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ACP YPN at EDD with ONE – #youth & #nutrition

On 15 June, ACP YPN co-organised a session and a stand for European Development Days with ONE Campaign – the internationally renowned development organisation founded by rock star Bono – entitled, ‘Recipes for ending hunger‘ on nutrition and the role of youth.

ACP YPN SDG2 (Health & Well-being) and SDG3 (Sustainable agriculture) Experts, Dr. Ewald Jeune Joseph and Nawsheen Hosenally respectively, gave an insight into the primacy of nutrition drawing on their experiences. ACP YPN SDG2 Expert Dr Joseph shared his experience setting up a mobile clinic in his home country of Haiti and gave an insight into his current studies and future ambitions. Nawsheen Hosenally, co-founder of Agribusiness TV shared her experience of setting up her own documentary series, which shows the innovative agribusiness start-ups of young people in five countries in Africa.

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This interactive youth-led session bringing together ONE Youth Ambassadors with young activists and advocates from around the world explained how better nutrition saves lives and brainstormed solutions to improve nutrition. Each of the young activists showed that even small actions can make a difference and if we combine our efforts, we can actively change the current discourse on nutrition to ensure every child can achieve their full potential.

Here is a full list of speakers:

  1. Tania Marocchi, Youth Ambassador, The ONE Campaign
  2. Leoni Ayoub, Youth Ambassador, The ONE Campaign
  3. Sophie Healy-Thow, Youth Ambassador, The ONE Campaign
  4. Pilirani Khoza, Young Leader – Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Malawi
  5. Dr. Ewald Jeune Joseph, ACP YPN Expert – SDG 2 (Health & Well-being)
  6. Nawsheen Hosenally, ACP YPN, Expert – SDG 3 (Nutrition & sustainable agriculture)

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