ACP YPN at 1st ACP Non-State Actors Forum (Part I)

 

On Monday November 30th, ACP YPN participated in the 1st ACP Non-State Actors (NSA) Forum. ACP YPN was represented by ACP YPN delegates: Yentyl Williams (President & Founder),  Bora Kamwanya (Parliamentary relations Officer) and June Paskalina Lacour (Project Coordinator).  Bora Kamwanya and June Lacour made two interventions, while Yentyl Williams was in the drafting committee of the Forum along other Non State Actors from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific.

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In Bora’s intervention in the Opening session on the theme of ‘Post-Cotonou’, Bora shared three important points with fellow Non State Actors. He spoke of what needs to be the innovation in Post-Cotonou regarding Youth issues. Then he addressed the Youth Conference and its importance in connecting ACP youth before finishing by talking about the importance of ACP YPN regional offices.

Firstly, Bora explained that innovation is needed in what will be the Post-Cotonou Agreement so that what it contains vis à vis the youth is pertinent and implemented not only at the ACP-EU level but also at the ACP member states level. He followed up explaining that in the future ACP-EU cooperation, there must not only be one article on ‘youth issues, but there must also be implementation provisions; and on the future of the ACP group, he explained that youth must be more formally integrated in the structure. Bora gave examples of how Youth can be integrated and how they will benefit from it. Firstly, Bora suggested that we increase internal cooperation, foster youth mobility in ACP countries, and foster Youth-mainstreaming by recognizing youth as an interest group. Secondly he added that we should give more opportunities for young people to be integrated in different societal structures, through, for example, Internships that will foster exchange with their Members of Parliaments, which also promotes awareness raising for youth on political processes. Last but not least, Bora recommended more inter-generational dialogues to really grasp the need of the youth and address them better, together.

Secondly, Bora spoke of the importance of youth-led and youth-owned initiative such as the Youth Conferences organised by ACP YPN, and invites youth from the Caribbean to attend the next one in Haiti. In Bora’s words “Give the youth the tools; they are ready and eager to work.” Bora explained how ACP YPN has enhanced triangular and South-South cooperation and at the same time has created collaboration between ACP Diaspora in Europe and ACP States through our online steering group organised before each Youth Conference.

Last but not least, Bora explained the importance of having ACP YPN regional offices. He said that it would enable youth to address the challenges they are facing in all part of the ACP group of states. He explained that in practice, it will enable local youth to bring their concerns to the ACP group of states so that the group shall also support the establishment of a coherent and comprehensive policy for realising the potential of youth so that they are better integrated into society to achieve their full potential, as stated in the preamble of Article 26 of the Cotonou Agreement.

Bora ended his address by saying that he would like to see enhanced cooperation between ACP Non State Actors so that our group of States is well equipped to address the challenges of its people, in Bora’s words “May the ACP serve us all, may we all serve the ACP.” Bora concluded by saying “Nothing about us without us.”

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ACP YPN on Re-Inventing Europe & Digital Development at College of Europe

On 21st October 2017, Yentyl Williams, President and Founder of ACP YPN presented at the College of Europe’s annual Re-Inventing Europe conference on the panel, ‘European External Development – innovation and digital solutions for a more equal world?’ The co-panellists included Erik van der Marel, Director of European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE); Elizabeth Press, Director Planning and Programme Support, IRENA; Simone Sala, International Expert on Digital/Innovation for Development, currently with FAO, Data-Pop Alliance and Michèle Kiermeier, World Food Programme as moderator.

Yentyl asked three main questions in her presentation.  Firstly, Yentyl asked the audience ‘What do we mean by development? And by extension what do we mean by digital development?’ Then she highlighted the World Bank’s 9 digital development principles as guiding points for the debate. The principles are: 1) Design with the user; 2) Understanding the ecosystem in which technology is developed (local context e.g. different usage due to different genders);  3) Defining for scale – open source and scalability is huge potential; 4) Sustainability – buy in of stakeholders;  5) Be data driven – SDGs underline value of data – data is open and easy-to-use; 6) Open innovation methodology (community) – open standard ‘311’ for handling complaints; 7) Re-utilisation of existing work and systems – missing in development world; 8) Address privacy and security – there is no agreement on this; 9) Be collaborative – about design but also the sharing of it. The principles highlight that knowledge-sharing can mitigate silos and promote more common learning.

Secondly, Yentyl asked the question of ‘how do multinational companies using digital development?’ She explained the paradox of linking digital development and sustainable development without structural economic transformation, especially in the case of energy efficiency and the move to more electric cars in Europe, with minerals being sourced from conflict zones, child labour, and/or impoverished communities in so-called ‘developing’ countries. Thirdly, Yentyl asked ‘How do policy-makers make use of digital development?’ She evoked the fact that, in the policy world, there is a lot of room for innovation since the SDGs, for example, have no reference to digital, just one reference to data and several to Technology.

In conclusion, Yentyl emphasised the need to have strong reference points when talking about digital development and the digital development principles are a great starting point. Moreover, she highlighted the fact that big companies, such as Google, have already understood these principles and invest already through numerous activities such as ‘Pitch Drives’. Nevertheless, social and educational value of digital development is paramount, and this is evidenced in new innovative forums on digital development, such as “Dakar Digital Show” or Le Fagem (the Forum for digital innovation in the agro-industry sector in Togo). This is an issue Yentyl aims to work on more as raise as part of the forthcoming AU-EU Youth Plug-In Initiative.

Yentyl favourite 2017 ‘digital development’: Yentyl was asked to select her favourite and she singled out the great local initiative, Schools’ Internet of Things, by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) of Dominica. This initiative aims to respond to the challenges of climate change and Caribbean countries’ exposure to natural disasters by building weather stations in local schools using climatic sensors and cameras to capture data on local weather, and building students knowledge on web server technology, Internet protocols and other related software.

What is Re-Inventing Europe?

After the initiation of the debate about Europe’s future at the Harvard University’s‘European Conference’ in March 2013, some former students of the College of Europe decided to drive forward these discussions by organizing an annually held ambitious high level conference. This project, initiated in 2013, builds on an impressive network of universities, think tanks, foundations, and sponsors.

Involving the Younger Generation – A debate on the future of the continent cannot be conducted fruitfully without the input of the young generation. Uniting the College of Europe’s history as lively and ambitious graduate institute nurturing Europe’s future, we call our project a ‘Youth Conference’ and invite the young generation to voice its visions about the future of Europe. Find out more here.

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ACP YPN at #ACPUNIDOday

On 24th October 2017, Yentyl Williams, President & Founder of ACP YPN presented on ‘Unlocking the potential of ACP women and youth skills for industrial jobs’ as part of the ACP-UNIDO day Symposium. The theme of the Symposium was “Boosting ACP Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization

through job creation, value chains and productive investments.” The ACP UNIDO day was also a unique moment to launch the ACP-UNIDO report on investing sustainable prosperity, available here.

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The symposium began with an opening session with by P.I Gomes, ACP Secretariat Secretary General and Li Yong, UNIDO Director General, and Christophe Yvetot, UNIDO Representative to the EU and ACP Secretariat. The co-panellists included: Mr. Matteo Landi, Industrial Development Expert, Rural Entrepreneurship, Job Creation and Human Security Division, UNIDO;  Dr. Meryem Aziz Alaoui, Professor, Mundiapolis University of Casablanca; Ms. Meron Seid, Owner & designer, Exotic Leather, Ethiopia; Ms. Virpi Stucki, Learning Knowledge Development Facility; Ms. Dagmar Schumacher, Director, UN WOMEN Brussels Office and Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou, ACP Assistant Secretary General for Sustainable Economic Development and Trade as moderator.

Yentyl began by stating that a mix of policy + innovation is the key to unlock the potential of ACP women and youth skills for industrial jobs. Yentyl said that there are two main ways that innovation can be used to unlock the skills of women and youth. This includes: creation of spaces within existing institutions, based on ACP YPN’s formal inclusion at the EU-Cariforum Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) and where that is not possible, creating new structures/institutions to unlock this potential. This second example is based on Yentyl’s initiative to found the ACP-EU Joint parliamentary Assembly youth Forum.

Why? Yentyl underlined the importance of innovating beyond policy in light of the under-utilisation of Article 26 Cotonou Partnernship Agreement on youth cooperation, in order to realize the potential of youth so that they are better integrated into society to achieve their full potential. Indeed, up until the creation of ACP YPN it was mostly under-utilised; why because INNOVATION was needed! In the context of entrepreneurship and job creation it was especially under-utlised given the existence of Article 26.b, Cotonou, which sets out that the partnership should: promote the skills, energy, innovation and potential of youth in order to enhance their economic, social and cultural opportunities and enlarge their employment opportunities in the productive sector. Similarly, SDGs are not evidently linked to ‘youth’ since there is not one youth SDG and youth are just mentioned 3 times in the 169 targets.

In conclusion, Yentyl underlined that investing in young people is a productive investment –she called for boosting the value chain of young people’s knowledge, expertise and exchange and inclusive and sustainable industrialisation will follow.

What is UNIDO?

UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. See more here.

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ACP YPN in AU-EU Youth Plug-In Initiative #AUEUYPII

Yentyl Williams, President and Founder of ACP YPN has been selected to be part of the AU-EU Youth Plug-In Initiative. The #AUEUYPII is an unprecedented initiative by the African Union and the European Union to move beyond words to actions. Yentyl was selected as part of 36 strong youth delegation to work for the next five weeks between the respective Headquarters, in Addis Ababa and Brussels, to develop concrete proposals from the Abidjan Youth Declaration to ultimately present the action points to the Heads of State at the 5th AU-EU Summit.

The AUEUYPII is a unique opportunity for young people in Europe and Africa to be part of the decision-making processes of both continents, as well as a key vector of visibility for the institutions’ efforts to include young voices in sustainable development dialogues. The delegates will continue to work on the six thematic areas: (i) education & skills, (ii) peace & security, (iii) governance & inclusion, (iv) environment & climate, (v) business & job creation, and (vi) culture & arts.

You can actively take part in the journey by sharing your ideas via this form and by using the social media hashtag #aueuypii.

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ACP YPN at the 4th Africa-Europe Youth Summit

On 9th-11th October, ACP YPN co-organised the 4th Africa-Europe Youth Summit, in collaboration with ADYNE,  ADYFE, the Network of International Youth Organisations in Africa, the Pan-African Youth Union, and the European Youth Forum, with input from the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. ACP YPN was represented by Yentyl Williams ACP YPN President and Founder; Celine Fabrequette ACP YPN Secretary General & SDGs #5 expert; Bora Kamwanya ACP YPN Parliamentary Relations Advisor and June Lacour, ACP YPN Programme Coordinator. The Summit brought together 120 youth from Africa and Europe, as well as the diaspora, to discuss and develop concrete solutions to issues affecting youth on both continents on the following six thematic areas: (i) education & skills, (ii) peace & security, (iii) governance & inclusion, (iv) environment & climate, (v) business & job creation, and (vi) culture & arts. During the summit, ACP YPN alongside ADYNE and ADYFE took the opportunity to exchange and explain the importance and “need to leverage the unique potential of the Diaspora Youth to inspire and channel positive change and effective cooperation between Africa and Europe”. The Summit concluded with the Abidjan Youth Declaration, which is available here.

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The 4th Africa-Europe Youth Summit aimed to strengthen the role of young people in the political process preparing the 5th AU-EU Summit, 29-30 November in Abidjan, for which the theme is ‘Investing in Youth’. Recognising the importance of this upcoming Summit, as well as the upcoming ACP-EU post-Cotonou negotiations, the Abidjan Youth Declaration is a balanced and cross-sectoral declaration which builds on previous recommendations made by ACP YPN, such as the ACP YPN St Julian Action plan, the ACP YPN Nairobi Declaration, the ACP YPN response to the EU consultation on future EU-ACP relations, and other advocacy work. The Abidjan Youth Declaration reaffirms the fact that Youth in Africa, Europe, Caribbean and Pacific, including the diaspora, face similar struggles and have identified similar solutions to solve it. It also reaffirms and directly spells out the importance of formal including Youth organisations in institutional cooperation, specifically in the development and implementation of new and innovative strategies and initiatives. In order to achieve this, the Abidjan Youth Declaration calls upon the Head of States and institutions to integrate the provision of financial support for effective youth cooperation in their agreement.

Following on from the Summit, over the next five weeks running up to the AU-EU Heads of State Summit, Yentyl Williams, President and Founder of ACP YPN has been selected to be part of the AU-EU Youth Plug-In initiative. For the first time, 36 youth delegates are involved in this unprecedented initiative to move beyond words to actions by developing concrete proposals from the Abidjan Youth Declaration, working between Addis Ababa and Brussels, to ultimately present the action points to the Heads of State at the 5th AU-EU Summit.

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ACP YPN at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies

From September 25th to September 29th . during the Social and Democrats (S&D) Africa Week; the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) had a panel discussion in which Bora Kamwanya ACP YPN Parliamentary Relations Officer together with Kiza and Alphonse from Netherland discussed Youth Political Mobilisation, Freedom of Association and Peaceful Assembly in Africa. The panellists attempted to answer the questions: What challenges and what opportunities does the contemporary engagement of Millennials entail for Africa’s democracy and institutions?” And “What are the ways we can promote African youth political mobilisation, freedom of association and peaceful assembly?” The discussion was introduced by Vassilis Ntousas, FEPS International Relations Policy Advisor and moderated by Maria Freitas, FEPS Policy Advisor. Bora started by saying that that young people are interested in politics, they know how damaging the actual political status quo is to them and above all, they know that the solution resides in their knowledge.

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He then outlined 3 challenges he believes prevent youth from access to full political participation. The first one is Mutual Trust between young and old generations – Bora defined that what the young generation wants is what Daenerys Targaryen would call “to break the wheel”, while the older generation wants to hold on to it not matter what – In his analogy, Bora describes the younger generation as the Mother of Dragon and the older generation as Cersei Lannister. The second challenge is finding Tools to constructively criticise without fear of repression or pressure from the community. Bora stated that in Africa we are educated to respect our elders to a level that is almost holy. In fact, it’s not allowed to correct your elder. Last but not least, he outlined the challenge of Access to the tools for emancipation. Bora said that youth need more platforms where they can express themselves freely in front of their representatives. Moreover, they should be able to submit recommendations to them. e.g. as it is done through the ACP-EU JPA Youth Forum.

On the bright side, he said, there are opportunities to seize from our challenges. The first one is that we can engage in more inter-generational exchange to promote holistic policy and decision-making. And then, we have the possibility of making the first step and Connect MPs and young people; something that the St. Julian’s plan does, by going further than just a declaration and breaks with NATO culture (no Action Talk Only).

TO answer the question How do we promote youth political mobilization, freedom of association and peaceful assembly, Bora suggested three options.

  • Youth mainstreaming – recognize youth as an interest group e.g. in the constitution of Kenya, article 97, there is a legal obligation for political parties to nominate a proportion of their members to represent special interest, such as youth.
  • Inter-generational exchanges.
  • Opportunities for young people to be integrated in different societal structures e.g. Internships for inter-generational exchange with MPs, which also promotes awareness raising for youth on political processes, and that is what we recommend in St. Julian’s

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ACP YPN on CSOs & EPAs at the European Parliament

On 28th September 2017, Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN President and Founder presented on “Cariforum & SADC: A model for other EPAs?” as part of S&D Africa week 2017 at the European Parliament, Brussels. This was the first official presentation in ACP YPN’s new capacity as official member of the EU-Cariforum Joint Consultative Committee at the European Economic and Social Committee. MEP Maria Arena chaired the session with two other Expert panellists: Brenda King MBE, Member at the EESC and President of the Sustainable Development Observatory (EESC) and Junior Lodge, Team Leader of the ACP-EU Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) programme and former Cariforum negotiator.

Yentyl’s presentation focused on three main areas:

  1. ACP exceptionalism in EU trade agreements vis-à-vis CSO provisions
  2. ACP exceptionalism within the EU-ACP EPAs vis-à-vis CSO provisions
  3. Recommendations for the SADC EPA & EAC and ECOWAS JCCs

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Firstly, she explained that there is ACP exceptionalism in EU trade agreements. For example, the EU-ACP EPAs – be it the Cariforum EPA or others since, – depart from the logic of other trade agreements that the EU has signed since the EU-Korea trade agreement and the EU’s global strategy. Notably, they do not necessarily have legally binding commitments on civil society engagement, not do they have dedicated sustainable chapters, expect for the SADC EPA. See more via her joint publication here.

Secondly, she also explained that the exceptionalism also exists within the different EPAs: from the EU-EAC and the EU-ECOWAS EPAs that contain similar provisions to the EU-CARIFORUM EPA i.e. they establish the JCCs, to the SADC EPA which have no provisions, besides an article referring to monitoring through the “respective participative processes and institutions’ of the Parties” (Art. 4, EU-SADC EPA).

Third, Yentyl laid out three recommendations for the EU-SADC EPA: (i) A protocol could be added to the agreement; (ii) CSOs can still meet to discuss the agreement despite no formal provisions in the EPA for this; (iii) CSOs can be formally included through use of the revision clause five years after the EPA entered into force.

In conclusion, Yentyl responded to the main question of the panel discussion by stating that the EU-SADC EPA cannot be used as a model because of its lack of provisions for CSO inclusion. Yet, the EU-Cariforum JCC can share lessons, best practice and actively engage with the other regions that are establishing JCCs. She also highlighted that ACP exceptionalism in EU relations must come to and end, and there are many broader lessons to learn from the other EU trade agreements.

Find out more about the EU-Cariforum JCC’s 1st meeting here.

Find out more about the EU-Cariforum JCC’s 2nd meeting here.

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ACP YPN partner on Youth for the 2nd S&D Africa week

On 25-27 September, ACP YPN co-hosted and co-organised the S&D Africa week’s Africa-EU Youth workshop bringing together 25 young people from both continents as part of the 2nd S&D Africa week in the European Parliament in Brussels. The participants discussed the theme ‘The Youth Vision for the Future Africa-EU Partnership‘ and drew up the  S&D Group Africa Week 2017 Youth Declaration, which will be presented to the EU-AU Heads of State Summit in November, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast by Gianni Pittella, President of the S&D group of the European Parliament.

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The first day of the workshop was divided into four thematic clusters. The first session addressed the issue of “Africa’s Demographic Boom & Europe’s Demographic Demise?- A Chance or a Disaster? Sexual and reproductive health and rights – Access to health information, religion and culture: Who decides?” The session was moderated by MEP Maria Arena – S&D Group Coordinator at the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Member of the European Parliament Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) and an introduction to the topic was given by Gina Wharton, ACP YPN Expert on SRHR and Advocacy Advisor at IPPF Europe Network.

The second session focused on “Root causes of internal and external migration: Challenges and the way forward: Conflict, economy and climate change“. The session was moderated by MEP Cécile Kyenge – Vice-President of the ACP_EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Member of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and introductory remarks to the subject was presented by Tarila Marclint Ebiede, ACP YPN Migration Expert.

The third session focused on “Youth employment: over-skilled, under-skilled or clientalism? Education, brain drain and entrepreneurship“. The session was moderated by MEP – Silvia Costa, S&D Group coordinator in the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education, and introductory remarks were made on the role of entrepreneurship and education having positive impacts on youth employment by Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN President and Trade Expert.

Lastly, the fourth session focused on “Youth involvement in politics and public discourse: Good governance, transparency and accountability“. The session was moderated by MEP Elena Valenciano, Vice-President of the S&D Group and introductory remarks by June Paskalina Lacour, ACP YPN Expert and Project Coordinator. The second day was spent drafting the Declaration and a presentation of the main points discussed was made by the rapporteurs and special rapporter during the S&D group meeting on the third day of the workshop.

Besides the workshop, ACP YPN also contributed to the Foundation for Progressive European Studies (FEPS)SOLIDAR Millenial’s Dialogue, where Bora Kamwanya, ACP YPN Parliamentary Advisor spoke on “Africa at a Crossroads: Youth Political Mobilisation, Freedom of Association and Peaceful Assembly”. Bora presented alongside Serigne Bbodj, Researcher at the Imagine Africa Institue and Alphonse Muambi, Author and Expert on African elections & democracy, and the panel was chaired by Maria Freitas, Policy Advisor at FEPS.

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ACP YPN with Youth for Sustainable Europe

On 24th – 27th September 2017, Aïssatou Touré, ACP YPN Agriculture and Sustainable Development Expert took part in “Youth for Sustainable Europe”- a special initiative for youth in development – organised by the Young European Federalists (JEF Europe) as part of the LADDER project (Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising Awareness).

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Aïssatou discussed four important issues:

  1. the absence of reference to the Cotonou Partnership Agreement in the New European Consensus on Development;
  2. the relevance of glocalizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  3. the importance to develop ACP- EU traineeship for the youth on sustainable agriculture;
  4. the necessity to build bridges for the youth in Belgium.
  • First, Aïssatou explained the place of the SDGs in the European Union (EU) development’s policy as written in its strategic document for the SDGs, the New European Consensus on Development. Aïssatou then emphasized the fact that the Cotonou partnership agreements between African Caribbean and Pacific states (ACP) and the EU isn’t mentioned not once in the New European Consensus on Development, stating the evident lack of a coherent and pragmatic and inclusive strategy.
  • Second, Aïssatou suggested to glocalize the SDGs on a local level in order to implement it more easily and to be able to include the youth throughout the implementing process.
  • Third, Aïssatou proposed during a workshop on digital democracy with the Youth Metre tool the possibility to implement a training on eco-farming for the youth of ACP and EU countries to share good practices and expertise on the subject.
  • Fourth, Aïssatou in collaboration with a JEF member offered, during a workshop on youth participation, to develop a project “Breaking the Bubbles” that exist between European expats and Belgian with migrant background by creating bridges throughout a variety of activities.

In conclusion, throughout the different panel discussions, workshops and debates several tangible concrete solutions were discussed, good practices and expertise were shared, all with the aim of enhancing youth participation for a more sustainable world.

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ACP YPN at the 2nd Africa Co-Operative Youth Conference

On the 21st of September, Bora Kamwanya ACP YPN Parliamentary Relations Officer attended and spoke at Alliance Africa 2nd Africa-Co-operative Youth Conference in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo which brought together Youth from 17 African Nations. The conference was about the “Harnessing Innovation among Youth through Co-operatives”. Before a crowd of Youth who individually have positively affected their community and the Provincial Minister Representing the Congolese Authority, Bora opened his intervention by remind the participants and government representatives present thatLeadership does not respect age.

Taking the example of ACP YPN Joint Parliamentary Assembly Youth Conference, which brings together Youth from ACP and EU countries and create an inter-generational dialogue with ACP & EU Members of National and European Parliament. He called on the youth to be involved as much as possible in policy making to make their voices heard by policymakers on one hand and on the other hand to learn, support and teach other Youth about the legislative process at local, regional, national and international level.

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Bora explained that over the past three editions of the ACP YPN Joint Parliamentary Assembly Youth Conference a Declaration and an Action plan were drafted by ACP, EU & Diaspora Youth and submitted to Members of National Parliament of ACP countries and the Members of European Parliament. The next step is the implementation process, and here again Youth carried a great responsibility in the “Right” implementation and need to find and developed social and economic sustainable solutions. He explained that youth will have to assess Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063 and that they need to be taking actions now; Bora invited interested youth to participate to the next ACP YPN Steering Committee en vue of the next ACP YPN JPA Youth Conference organised in collaboration with the ACP Secretariat and the European Parliament.

To conclude; Bora addressed Official present and inquired who’s future are they planning if they do not include the youth; before quoting Nelson Mandela “What is done for us without us, is done against us”. Nothing good will be done for us. If we want both our worlds to meet, we the youth need to make the first step and never stop going forward to get what we want and deserve.

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