ACP YPN at the European Development Days (EDD) 2019

On the 18th and 19th June 2019, for the fourth time, African Caribbean Pacific Young Professionals Network (ACP YPN) sent a delegation of 7 ACP YPN Youth Ambassadors to the thirteenth edition of the European Development Days (EDD), the biggest European development forum gathering the development community together.

As a lead youth organization in the ACP- EU partnership, ACP YPN had a precious spot at the Youth Lounge in the European Village along with other youth organisations.


The Youth Lounge aimed at providing a meeting place for young people to network and connect between themselves but also to engage with EDD participants and organizations. High profile visitors came to the Youth Lounge such as the second lady of Ghana or Nas –the famous influencer, among others.

ACP YPN participated and organized several activities during the two-day event at the Youth Lounge including engaging with EDD participants:

-Adélaïde Hirwe moderated the panel under the topicTackling Inequality through Youth Governance at ADEPT Platform stand. The discussion showcased examples of African diaspora contribution in reducing youth inequalities.

-Our already famous Dance for equality this year was lead by Uriel Dance through steps of salsa, bachata and to the sound of African rhythms. Participants were invite to engage, through movement, on the topics of the vital role of the youth and the need for fully inclusive and equal participation and leadership in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

-Kelly-Ann Fonderson participated as a speaker also in one of the panels at ADEPT platform stand, a meetup onBuilding fair, inclusive and sustainable world by harnessing diaspora civic and political participation.

-Yannick Cocard and Emelyne Igihozo interviewed participants at COLEACP tv stand, about sustainability and agriculture.

They all participated at the One Vote campaign discussion and shared best practices on mobilising the youth to vote with the EDD Young Leaders and members of the audience.

To conclude the event, nothing as the magic performance of Magic System, the Ivorian musical group, that got everyone dancing on the stage.

The ACP YPN delegation for the 2019 EDD edition included:

  1. Adelaide Hirwe, ACP YPN Program Manager
  2. Kelly- Ann Fonderson, ACP YPN Expert
  3. Ana Gallego Solana, ACP YPN Communication Assistant
  4. Gilberto Morrisaw, ACP YPN Expert
  5. Emelyne Igihozo, ACP YPN Youth Ambassador
  6. Ariane Takyi, ACP YPN Expert
  7. Yannick Cocard, ACP YPN Youth Ambassador

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