On the 23rd of November, ahead of the Africa-EU Head of States summit, Petra Kammerevert, head of the Culture & Education (CULT) committee, organised in conjunction with Africa Week an exchange on the Africa-EU Cooperation in the area of Education, culture and youth political engagement.
Celine Fabrequette, ACP YPN Secretary General and SDG5 expert, alongside Firmin Edouard Matoko, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Africa; Ugandan MP Hon. Jaqueline Amongin; and Pan-African Parliament Senator Joseph Obinna, OGBA Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, National assembly of Nigeria; MacDonald K. Munyoro, programs coordinator, National Association of Youth Organization (NAYO) presented the Abidjan Africa-EU Youth Declaration recommendations towards youth engagement and cultural. Celine emphasised the need to invest in cultural preservation of heritage to help towards a more integrated, understanding, respect and openness of others’ cultural differences within the limit of Human Rights.
Celine provided the MP opportunity to collaborate with youth to implement the Abidjan Youth declaration via the currently ongoing public consultation of Europeana – a digital platform for Cultural Heritage. She explained that in some instances the answer is not necessarily to create something new, but to improve something that already exist.
Having studied herself in 2 continents and 4 countries, she can only reinforce the importance that, in the context of the Africa-EU renewed partnership, the Diaspora role and importance to “channel positive change and effective cooperation between Africa and Europe”. See her full presentation here:
Her presentation was completed by Cynthia Mukendy ACP YPN Communication Strategist; who called on MEPs to view digitalisation as a development tool to promote and see Culture as an economic opportunity towards youth employment. See her full intervention here:
See ACP YPN’s recent declarations on the topics: Africa-EU CSO Forum Declaration
S&D Africa Week Youth Declaration
Africa-Europe Youth Summit Declaration
See ACP YPN contributions in the framework of the ACP-EU Cotonou agreement:
CARIFORUM-EU Consultative Committee Joint statement
St Julian’s Action Plan
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