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Mr. Kawsu Sillah, AYC Executive Secretary alongside Mr. Lamin Mokendeh Darboe, Executive Director at Gambia National Youth Council participated in the Annual Youth Forum for Peace and Security in West Africa and the Sahel organised by United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel – Unowas and the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas_Cedeao) Youth and Sports Development Centre in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso,from 10-12 December 2018.
The Youth Forum brought together about 100 participants, including: Ministers of Youth of 17 countries in West Africa and the Sahel; representatives of National Youth Councils, regional and international organizations and experts working on Youth, Peace and Security issues.
Overall, the Forum aims to support regional organizations, government actors, civil society, universities and training centers in their efforts to effectively implement the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2250 (2015) #UNSCR2250 and 2419 (2018) #UNSCR2419 in West Africa and Sahel.
During the conference,
– Member states’ reports on the contribution of young people to peace processes and conflict resolution in West Africa and the Sahel will be shared and validated. The report includes a baseline on the situation of young people in the region, their organizations and associations as well as their roles before, during and after conflicts. Furthermore, the report takes stock of measures taken by member states and regional organizations to protect young people, to promote their participation at all levels and to develop strategic development partnership for peace and security. Finally, the report suggests recommendations on the way forward.
– A mentoring program for young women and men involvement in peace and security processes will be validated (notably through an Intergenerational Dialogue for Young Men and Women) and launched.
– Mobilization of development partners: Diplomatic representatives and financial and technical partners will be mobilized on the third day of the Forum to promote implementation of the mentoring program and other initiatives for young women and men in the region.
For more, see the Concept Note and Programme Guide below.
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On December 9th, 2018 in Nairobi Kenya, AYC Ag. Executive Chairperson Ms. Natalie Mukundane Kyamutetera joined 100 of young people and other stakeholders to paint the Nairobi city white in celebration of International Anti Corruption Day 2018 courtesy of Transparency International.
Today we painted Nairobi city white as we marked ‘The International Anti Corruption day’ with Transparency International. As youth, it is very imperative we are all UNITED in the fight against lies, dishonesty and theft!!! Don’t sit back, don’t be scared of anyone or any institution doing wrong. You are not HELPLESS!! Use your voice to ask for accountability, use your voice if you witness injustice, use your voice if you witness abuse of Human Rights, use your voice to call out Youth leaders masquerading to fight for your interests. No one is untouchable, myself inclusive. We are fixing our nations! Together, one day at a time. We shall be victors in achieving a corruption less continent. – Ms. Mukundane said.
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The two-day event was held in Dakar, Senegal on 13-14 November 2018 during the Global Entrepreneurship Week. It was a featured event of the Global Entrepreneurship Week and was jointly co-organized by the partners of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth: International Labour Organization (ILO), International Trade Centre (ITC), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). It is held in collaboration with the Government of Senegal, Agence Nationale pour la Promotion de l’Emploi des Jeunes (ANPEJ), Agence Sénégalaise de Promotion des Exportations (ASEPEX), the Government of Spain, the Government of Luxembourg, NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency, Nestlé and Jokkolabs, host of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Senegal.
Mr. Kawsu Sillah, AYC Executive Secretary alongside Mr. Lamin Darboe, Executive Director of Gambia National Youth Council participated at the Forum in Dakar.
Mr. Darboe spoke on a panel “Making policy work for youth entrepreneurship”.
This panel aimed at: Promoting youth entrepreneurship and self-employment calls for actions at policy and institutional levels. Evidence shows that effective reforms in business environments lead to the emergence of new firms and job creation. The session focuses on understanding what works and what does not in promoting an enabling policy and regulatory environment for young entrepreneurs and self-employed youth. Challenges in supporting youth entrepreneurship and self-employment
encountered by policymakers and institutions, particularly in West Africa, are also explored. The discussion will be informed by experiences and lessons learned from integrating youth into national entrepreneurship and industrial strategies, in coherence with relevant national strategies, including on employment and education, in line with regional development objectives anchored in frameworks such as the
Third Decade of Industrial Development for Africa (IDDA3), the Agenda 2063 of the
African Union and the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA).
Other Speakers includes:
Finda Koroma, Vice President, ECOWAS Commission
Aminata Kouyaté, National Director of Youth Employment, Guinea
Martin Ruvugabigwi, Chair, Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs
And was moderated by Fiorina Mugione, Chief, Entrepreneurship Section, Division on
Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD.
For more information about the Forum including the Concept Note, Programme Guide, Participants List and other documents, please visit: https://www.decentjobsforyouth.org/events/32/en#overview
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In partnership with three of AYC Gambia National Consortium members, National Youth Council, Activista The Gambia, National Youth Parliament – The Gambia and Peace Ambassadors-The Gambia, and with funding from UNDP-The Gambia, organised Regional Youth Consultations on the #Constitution the Gambian Youth Want.
Held in all the regions of the Gambia, the consultations brought together a total 700 young people including regional authorities. It seeks to present to the participants the recommendation of Constituency Dialogues, the initial activity of #ConstitutionWeWant and sought their response and approval.
We thank our Youth Organizations for the initiative; not forgetting our donors#UNDPGambia for supporting the project; The Government of The Gambia, the our Regional and District Youth Committees for the mobilization in all the regions.
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Following the successful launching of the AYC Gambia National Consortium on October 25th 2018 with the Gambia National Youth Council, National Youth Parliament, Activista The Gambia and the Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce as pioneer members, at the headquarters of African Wildlife Foundation we successfully launched AYC #Kenya National Consortium in partnership with Youth Senate – Kenya as the pioneer member organisation on November 7th 2018.
On November 9th 2018 in Kampala, the AYC #Uganda National Consortium was launched with Youth Initiative for Youth Action (YIYA Foundation) as pioneer member, making the Republic of Uganda the 3rd member state to launch the AYC National Consortium after the #Gambia and #Kenya.
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National Youth Council – The Gambia in collaboration with African Centre for Human and People’s Rights celebrated African Human Rights Day. The celebration took the form of a match pass by young people from Palma Rima Junction in Kololi and ended at the NGO Forum of African Center for Democracy and Human Rights Studies at Paradise Suites Hotel.
The event organised under the #Theme: “Fighting Corruption & Advancing Human: Our Collective Responsibility”, accorded young people the opportunity to raise the voice against human rights violation and corruption in Africa. Ms. Natalie Sonia Mukundane, Ag. AYC Executive Chairperson spoke at the opening ceremony alongside Mr. Marr Nyang, Executive Director of Gambia Participates and they highlighted the work and contribution of young people in the Gambia and Africa towards ”Winning the Fight Against Corruption in Africa”.
YOUTH MINISTER MEETS AFRICAN YOUTH COMMISSION CHAIRPERSON – by MUHAMMED S. BAH
The Minister of Youth and Sport Hadrammeh Sidibeh, received in his office on Tuesday 23 October 2018, Natalie Mukundane K, the Chairperson of the African Youth Commission (AYC), to talk on the upcoming African Youth Conference. The meeting was held at the Minister’s office in Banjul together with a delegation from the National Youth Council.
The briefing was to get the Ministry’s support in the upcoming African Youth Conference on African Unity and Development to be co-hosted by the NYC and AYC Secretariat. According to the AYC Chairperson, the theme for the conference is: ‘‘The Future Is Now; Youth Are Not Too Young to Lead.’’
The conference is expected to bring together more than 200 young people across the African Continent. Minister Sidibeh hailed the delegation and assured them of his Ministry’s support to the success of the event. “Young people are problem solvers. That is why I always commit myself to support them,” the Minister said.
In assuring his Ministry’s support, Sidibeh underscored their commitment at all times; that they will do all it takes, to make it a success. He told the delegation that his Ministry is here for young people and they are committed to serve their interest.
Prior to the meeting, the AYC Chairperson met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Momodou Tangara, at his office in Banjul. The two meetings were seen as “fruitful” by the delegation, and they embraced the assurance of the two Ministries’ support, to the upcoming Activity of the AYC.
Link to the News Story: https://gambianewstoday.com/youth-minister-meets-african-youth-commission-chairperson-2/
Meeting with Mr. Hadrammeh Sidibeh, Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports The Gambia and Dr. Momodou Tangara, Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad.
2. Meeting with Mr. Kunle Adeniyi, Resident Representative, UNFPA The Gambia and madam Sandra Lattouf, Resident Representative, UNICEF The Gambia.
3. Radio interview with Mariama Colley at Afriradio, meeting with Lord Mayor Talib Ahmed Bensouda of Kanifing Municipal Council, IOM Gambia, The Gambia Youth Empowerment Project YEP, Empretec Gambia, British High Commission in the Gambia, European Union in The Gambia and International Republican Institute.
As part of the visit of Ms. Natalie Mukundane Kyamutetera the Ag. Executive Chairperson of the African Youth Commission – AYC, the National Youth Council in collaboration with MDI Student’s Union oragnised a Town Hall Meeting with Youth to openly discuss on Bridging the Gender gap: Inclusion and participation of young people in civil, political, and economic spaces in the Gambia.
The meeting took place at MDI Garden on Monday, October 22nd 2018 from 4-7pm.
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More than 100 representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs), including the private sector, Local Authorities (LAs), the African Union (AU) institutions and representatives of European Union (EU) institutions gathered in Gaborone (Botswana), from 8 to 10 October 2018, for the Regional Meeting Africa of the Policy Forum on Development (PFD).
Mr. Kawsu Sillah, AYC Executive Secretary represented the AYC at the Forum and he made a presentation at the Roundtable discussion on ”Issue-focused review of the AU-EU Summit – Key outcomes, implications and recommendations.” The objective of the session was to allow deeper reflection on the key outcomes of the AU-EU Summit on the basis of the previous session.
The PFD is a multistakeholder platform launched and supported by the European Commission where civil society organisations, associations of local authorities and the private sector together with EU Members States to debate on development matters. This year the Africa regional meeting addressed the last African Union – European Union Summit recommendations around: youth, peace and security; mobility and migration and governance. It also addressed the progress made by the EU and its partners from the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific group of states in advancing towards the definition of the provisions governing their future relations. Lastly, the meeting will examine the African Union theme of the year on corruption.
The PFD Team have compiled the main results of the debates and exchanges in the attached “PFD in brief”. All the other outcomes such as the final communiqué, a visual booklet, the results of the working groups as well as the photos are available on our Capacity4Development website: https://europa.eu/capacity4dev/policy-forum-development/wiki/communication-materials-1
You can also find the Concept Note, Programme Guide and Outcome Report below.
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