ACP YPN’s Post-Cotonou Wishlist

On 20th May, ACP YPN unveiled its top 10 policy recommendations for a relevant, purposeful and sustainable post-Cotonou partnership between the ACP countries and the European Union, with a specific focus on youth inclusion. The list is based on 5 years of extensive consultations and advocacy by our Network of young professionals across EU member states and ACP countries. The Wishlist comes at a critical time – when negotiations on the new ACP-EU partnership will resume shortly. Click on the images below to zoom in.

Our main suggestions include:

  1. The creation of an ACP Youth Fund supporting the work of youth organisations committed to the sustainable development of resilient societies. 
  2. The creation of ACP scholarships to EU academic institutions
  3. The introduction of fully funded internships and training opportunities in the EU institutions and at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels and Geneva.

We strongly believe that facilitating youth inclusion – co-producing Youth events, fostering training opportunities, education and experience sharing – is the key to the long-term success of a new ACP-EU Partnership after 2020.

With a revised and more inclusive structure, considering regional dynamics, the new ACP-EU Partnership will serve as a platform that is relevant, purposeful and affirmative for our ambitions post-2020.

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By Jasmine Godier, Yentyl Williams and Jennifer Kwao – Get in touch with: Jasmine via LinkedIn; Yentyl via LinkedIn; Jennifer via LinkedIn

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