On Tuesday 7 November, we had the pleasure of having Shada Islam, Director Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe during our monthly ACP YPN Social Meet-Up. Mrs. Shada Islam is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian issues at the European Policy Centre. She is closely involved with initiatives to promote Asia-Europe exchanges including within the context of ASEM (Asia Europe Meetings). As a journalist, Shada also worked extensively on development questions including relations between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states as well as on world trade, including the Doha Round. Shada continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications. Shada led the discussion on Friends of Europe Development Policy Forum.
Amongst the issues discussed at the meet-up was the AU-EU Africa Summit this coming November in which topics such as Migration, Governance, Climate Change and Youth and Gender will be top on the agenda. It was emphasised that the AU and EU should increase their cooperation in combatting corruption and promoting good governance in Africa as these are essential in the economic development of African countries. Ms Shada commended ACP YPN for their involvement in development discussions at the international level, such as at the 4th Africa-Europe Youth Summit, noting the importance of engaging the youth in policy-making for creation of inclusive societies.
ACP YPN has contributed to three declarations in the framework of the EU-Africa partnership. You can have a look at them here:
Africa-EU CSO Forum Declaration
S&D Africa Week Youth Declaration
Africa-Europe Youth Summit Declaration
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