ACP YPN represented at UN ECOSOC Youth Summit

For the first time, ACP YPN was represented at the 7th United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) Youth Summit by Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN, President and Founder. This year’s summit had the theme of “The role of youth in building sustainable and resilient urban and rural communities” and it was held on 30-31 January 2018 at the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN Headquarters, New York (NY). The Summit was preceded by the UN Youth Blast on 29 January and followed by the UN Major Group on Children and Youth (UNMGCY) strategy meeting, 01 February 2018.

The annual Youth Forum of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is a platform where young people can contribute to policy discussions at the UN through their collective ideas, solutions and innovations. There were also a number of breakout sessions, including on ‘SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption production patterns’ organised by UNIDO (30 January) and the regional break-out session for ‘Africa’ (31 January), as well as two side events on ‘Decent Jobs for Youth – The Global Initiative for Action’ organised by the ILO (29 January) and ‘Opportunities, barriers and challenges for meaningful institutional youth engagement at the UN’, organised by UN MGCY (31 January).

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ACP YPN launch partnership with One Young World

On 25th January, ACP YPN launched a new partnership as nominating supporter of the One Young World. With several ACP Experts and alumni already part of the One Young World, and given the mission of the organisation –  to gather together the brightest young leaders from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change – they are a natural partner of ACP YPN. Moreover, there are numerous scholarships and opportunities that are now open to ACP YPN members.

The first Scholarship Opportunity – All Bar None – is open until the 2 April deadline. It enables 125 young leaders from 125 countries to attend the One Young World Summit 2018. Eligibility criteria include being aged 18-30, having a clear passion for world issues and evidenced commitment to making positive change, and being a national of one of the 125 eligible countries listed via the application link here!

In particular, for this opportunity we are specifically looking for young leaders that have started or are leading an initiative, campaign, project or organisation for positive social change in the fields of education, peace, human rights, countering violent extremism, climate change, poverty alleviation and health.

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ACP YPN advise Youth Inter-Group on EU Multi-Financial Framework

On 10th January 2018, Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN President and Founder, presented on ‘Areas for youth investment in the MFF post-2020 – Development‘ at the European Parliament’s Youth Inter-group hearing organised in collaboration with the European Youth Forum. Yentyl presented three main recommendations and supported these with examples based on ACP YPN’s experience.

1. Invest in youth-owned initiatives – example: Allocating budget for the Youth Forum at ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. ACP YPN created the Youth Forum with the EU and ACP Co-Secretariats, and and ACP YPN draws up the Youth declaration which is then distributed to EP and wider institutional, public and private sector stakeholders. This activity needs to be financed to ensure the sustainability of the Youth Forum since no direct financing is allocated to the Youth Forum, despite 4 sessions being held in Windhoek (Namibia), Nairobi (Kenya), St. Julian’s (Malta) and Port-au-Prince (Haiti).

2. Invest in mainstreaming youth expertise – example: Guaranteeing dedicated funding for youth-led CSOs. Guarantee membership for youth-led CSOs in structured dialogue with the EU institutions; as done by the EESC and DG Trade through including ACP YPN, and financing their participation, as members of the technical consultative committee monitoring trade between EU and ACP regions. This is already done on an ad hoc basis, for example through inviting youth CSO participation in the Africa-EU CSO Forum 2017, however youth-CSOs need to be guaranteed a permanent space to contribute to policy discussions.

3. Invest in youth exchanges – example: Finance ‘youth cooperation’ in the EU-ACP partnership by establishing College of Europe ACP scholarship. Foster exchange and partnership by establishing a specific scholarship which allows A-C-P students to benefit from a Masters’ programme at the College of Europe – similar to the scholarships that already exist for ‘European Neighbourhood Policy’ (ENP). This will encourage enhanced understanding and exchange between future leaders in the global South and North, while also tangibly investing in the legally binding partnership on ‘youth cooperation’ (Art. 26, EU-ACP Cotonou Partnership Agreement).

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