For the second 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 COLEACP, the European Commission, the ACP Secretariat and the ADEPT, ADNE, FORIM, and FTI Consulting. 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.
This was an important continuation of ACP YPN’s debut at EDD16 to showcase ACP YPN’s commitment to ‘youth issues’ in line with Article 26 of the EU-ACP Cotonou Agreement and SDG16 on ensuring ‘responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels’ (target 16.7). Celine Fabrequette, ACP YPN Secretary General and SDG5 Expert, highlighted that “It was a great achievement for ACP YPN to lead a strong delegation at EDD17 with two stands and three panels, as well as endless engagement across a range of issues from youth and agriculture, to mining and diaspora.”
Recalling the words of Yentyl Williams, Founder & President of ACP YPN, at EDD16 remains important today, “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 delegation for EDD17 included:
1. Yentyl Williams, Founder & President, ACP YPN
2. Celine Fabrequette, ACP YPN Secretary General and Expert SDG5
3. Bora Kamwanya, ACP YPN Parliamentary and Diaspora Relations Advisor SDG16
4. Zama Nkosi, ACP YPN Expert, Private Sector SDG17
5. Caroline Kawria, ACP YPN Expert, Food Security SDG2
6. Rachele Gianfanga, ACP YPN Migration & Sports Advisor SDG10
7. June Paskalina Lacour, ACP YPN Assistant SDG16 & EDD17 Ambassador
8. Emanuele Pallotta, ACP YPN Assistant SDG16
9. Cyril France, ACP YPN EDD17 Ambassador
10. Yves-Laurent, ACP YPN Expert, Journalist
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