In July, ACP YPN was nominated to be part of the African Union’s (AU) Youth Advisory Board (YAB) to AU Youth Division. On 6th-9th August, Celine Fabrequette ACP YPN Secretary General joined the first Capacity Building workshop of the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis-Abeba. The Capacity building workshop was developed and provided by the AU Youth Division in collaboration and financial support from IPPF. The objective of the training was to provide the Youth representatives with enough information on the YAB and its role and its responsibilities, review of last year activities, the African Union Commission Youth programmes, the African Youth Charter, the AU 2063 Agenda , 2017 focus year Harnessing the demographic dividend through Investments in Youth and lastly to develop an action plan of activities for the upcoming year in the four areas (Education & skills development; Rights, Governance & Youth empowerment; Health & Well-being; Employment & Empowerment) covered by the Demographic dividend.
To develop the 2017-2018 YABs’ action plan the youth representatives had the opportunity to interact and exchange with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), The United Nation Economic and Social Council (the ECOSOC), the African Union Commission Department of Political Affairs (DPA), International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). Lucky enough, the training took also place at the same time as the AU Finance Ministers Meeting and members of the YAB where invited to an informal diner exchange at his Excellency Honorable Ken Ofori-Atta AU Deputy Chairperson Residence, this exchange confirmed the support and the direction taken by the AU Financial Ministers toward a more inclusive and supportive youth dialogue, opening the access for more constant exchange between the YAB and the AU Financial Ministers.
With such variety of Youth organisation members expertise and for the first time representative of the Diaspora, it was only natural that the focus of the YAB this year, be based on the Demographic Dividend Four areas (Education & skills development; Rights, Governance & Youth empowerment; Health & Well-being; Employment & Empowerment); which changed from the previous year, where the focus of the YAB was on Youth Health and Well-being. And so as YAB member, ACP YPN will provide inputs and support the development of activities to foster Youth Employment & Empowerment.
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By Céline Fabrequette