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SUBJECT: POSTPONEMENT OF THE 4TH PAN AFRICAN YOUTH CONFERENCE ON AFRICAN UNITY AND DEVELOPMENT AND THE ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING OF THE AFRICAN YOUTH COMMISSION 2020.
Since the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in January 20th 2020, the Organizing Committee of the 4th Pan African Youth Conference has kept a close eye on the situation and the impact it could have on the participants.
Over the last few days, a number of African countries including Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco have confirmed cases with Sudan and Equatorial Guinea registered suspected cases. As a result of the continuous spread of this worldwide epidemic in many countries, we are being notified that a number of international events set to take place in March including the conference of ‘United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)’ are postponed.
Following the advice of World Health Organization (WHO), that no risk should be taken to increase the danger, we regret to inform the general public that the 4th Pan African Youth Conference on African Unity and Development, and the Annual General Assembly Meeting of the AYC, scheduled to take place from 23-27 March 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya is now postponed until further notice. Our decision has been informed largely by the possible spread of the virus, the reliance on physical measures for prevention and given the fact that the very large number of participants from across the continent and the diaspora expected to be part of the conference and we do not have the capacity to manage a crisis related to this Coronavirus.
We understand that this postponement might have financial implications but our main concern is the ultimate safety and well-being of all participants.
We are closely monitoring the situation and once it has improved, we will communicate the new dates as soon as possible. Please note, the postponement does not mean that conference is cancelled. Keep an eye on the conference page for updates: http://africanyouthcommission.org/4th-pan-african-youth-conference-2020/
The host country, Republic of Kenya remained unchanged, and the invitation letters sent out to all participants equally remains valid.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee,
Phone: +220 986 53 00