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The African Youth Commission will be hosting the 4th Pan Youth Conference in March 24 – 28 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The objectives of the conference are to:
· Create a youth-led open space for young people to interact, promote Pan Africanism and participate in the implementation of African Unity project;
· Inspire and encourage active youth leadership and participation in social, economic and political spheres at all levels;
· Improve inter-generational dialogue and interaction with policy makers to amplify youth voices in policy and decision making processes;
· Build alliances and the capacity of youth to influence policies and practices of their National Governments, the African Union, Regional Economic Communities and other youth development actors on the African continent.
Please find the link for call for topics HERE
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum took place from 25 to 27 April 2023 in a hybrid format.
The Forum provided a platform for young people to engage in a dialogue with Member States and other actors to voice their views, concerns and galvanize actions on how to transform the world into a fairer, greener and more sustainable place guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Youth Forum addressed the theme of ECOSOC and the 2023 UN High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) on “Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at levels”. It also reviewed progress in the areas of clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), affordable and clean energy (SDG 7), industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), and partnerships for the goals (SDG17).
The 2023 ECOSOC Youth Forum was convened by the President of ECOSOC and co-organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, in collaboration with the United Nations Inter Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD), and co-convened by the Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) and the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO), with technical inputs from youth-led and youth-focused organizations relevant to the theme of the forum.
Youth leaders from around the world had the opportunity to engage with government representatives, youth delegates, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders in civil society and the private sector.
The AYC together with United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (UN-OSAA), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly co-organised the Africa Regional Break out session on the 26th of April 2023.
The 2023 ECOSOC Youth Forum Africa Regional Breakout Session aims to provide young leaders with an
opportunity to engage on how they can concretely contribute to and benefit from an inclusive
implementation of the AfCFTA and the achievement of the SDGs. The session sought to
propose practical solutions to addressing the high youth unemployment rate in Africa by promoting
innovations and youth entrepreneurship, intra-Africa labour mobility and trade. It also aims to
influence policy formulation at the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable
The Meeting Report can be assessed HERE
Download the meeting concept note HERE
Watch the recorded Video HERE
Kenya youth in the climate change space organised a round table to discuss the Climate Change Amendments Bill, 2023. The Government of Kenya issued a call for comments, proposals and recommendation from the public and interest groups for seeking to amendments the Climate Change Act of 2016 a process that is currently ongoing. The roundtable was organized by Youth Senate Kenya (YSK) the downstream implementing partner for African Youth Commission (AYC) within the African Activists for climate Justice (AACJ) Project. The roundtable took place on 4th May 2023 at the Royal Tulips Canaan Hotel, Nairobi Kenya. The target participants were drawn from different set of youth with the common interest of climate change, the youth included those who have founded organisations, those working in the Carbon market (Targeted to give guidance on the proposed amendments on Carbon Markets section).
Key issues discussed included the lack of youth centric clauses that took care of their interests if the youth except for the proposal to include the youth in the climate change council, an idea that was lauded but the selection criteria of arriving at the youth with capacity and was missing making it an issue of interest to the meeting. Another issue that came out withing the proposals in fronted to include carbon markets, of interest to the meeting was the lack of youth specific youth interests clearly indicating how they areto be taken care of considering that they are a big constituent of the Kenyan engaged in the climate response work. Another key topic discussed was the clear distinction between the roles of the community, county and national governments not showing clearly how the interests of the communities would be taken care of, one major decision that stood out was the proposals by the Climate Change Amendment Bill of 2023 on the deletion of the schedule involving public participation, this was opposed too by the youth noting that public participation is clearly enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya 2010.
On the way forward the meeting agreed to form a small team to firm up the recommendation from the meeting in close consultation with the legal team while receiving any other additional views from other youth who did not make it for the meeting and develop a memorandum which will be presented to the ministry in a language and format that is acceptable to the government. Colleagues also agreed to continue with them engagement by forming a WhatsApp group to continue with the momentum created within the meeting.
The meeting concluded with the appreciation to Youth Senate Kenya, AYC and the entire African Activists for Climate Justice colleagues for the good work that they are doing to empower youth Across the continent.
Photos Link can be accessed HERE
The African Activists for Climate Justice (AACJ) Global Coordination Meeting took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 5th to 11th February 2023. The meeting aimed to bring together the AACJ consortium members to reflect on progress made in year two of implementation and agree on adaptations required for successful implementation of the AACJ program. The following report summarizes the key discussions and takeaways from the event.
The AACJ program is a five-year initiative that aims to amplify and unite the voices of African activists calling for climate justice, with a focus on the most vulnerable groups, including women, youth, and local indigenous communities.
The AACJ consortium comprises several organizations, including the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Natural Justice (NJ), Oxfam Novib, FEMNET, and the African Youth Commission. The program is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
KEY DISCUSSIONS AND TAKEAWAYS
The AACJ Global Coordination Meeting included several plenary and group sessions that focused on progress review, COP27 reflection, theory of change, and global stock take. The following are the key discussions and takeaways:
The meeting provided an opportunity for consortium members to collectively share, reflect, and review progress achieved in year two of implementation. The baseline study and annual reports were key documents used to review progress. The consortium experienced some coordination hitches and compliance bottlenecks, but these were acknowledged as inherent and expected in a consortium’s initial stages of program implementation.
Adaptations for Successful Implementation
The AACJ consortium members discussed and agreed on adaptations required for the successful implementation of the AACJ program. They reviewed the internal and external operating context and agreed on strengthening coordination systems at all levels, including PGG, Project Leads, PMU, Decentralized PMU, Country Coordination, and Technical Workstreams. The consortium members also discussed and harmonized a joint calendar of events.
Cohesive Team Building
The AACJ consortium members emphasized the importance of building a cohesive team to drive the AACJ program’s implementation. They acknowledged the need to invest in team spirit, mutual support, and focus to achieve the desired results. The team-building activities facilitated by an external consultant were successful in creating a more energized and refreshed team.
COP27 Reflection and Planning for COP28
The AACJ consortium members reflected on COP27 and planned for COP28. They discussed the role of AACJ in the global stocktake progress and designed the COP28 AACJ framework.
Continuous Improvement Plans
The AACJ consortium members developed continuous improvement plans and initiatives to leverage existing strengths and opportunities as well as address obstacles to implementation. They refined and shared their understanding of roles, ways of working, and the framework for an enabling environment for the program.
Other Key Discussions and Takeaways
One of the sessions involved each consortium member designing a gallery to present what is being implemented at the grassroots level. The galleries showcased a range of best practices, including community-led innovations, sustainable farming practices, and climate-smart technologies. These practices demonstrated the impact of the AACJ program on the ground and the potential for scaling up these practices to other regions.
Each consortium partner presented the challenges and improvements to be made in relation to working together with other partners. The discussions focused on strengthening coordination and collaboration to achieve the desired results. Some of the challenges identified included coordination hitches, communication breakdowns, and compliance bottlenecks. The consortium members agreed to develop a clear framework for collaboration and to invest in building stronger and more effective relationships among consortium partners.
A consultant presented a baseline study that was done to assess the state of climate justice in the target countries. The study findings established that there are a number of programs by NGOs to support communities to defend their environment and social rights, and 179 changes in law and policies that advance climate justice. The country-specific findings indicated that Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, and South Africa have ratified policies and plans that support a conducive environment for climate action.
Some of the policies include National Development plans (NAP), National Adaptation Program Action plan (NAPA), plans for environmental and Sustainable development, and their constitutions. The study also assessed the cases of community-led innovations and sustainable best practices. The study established that there are 45 cases where communities are improving their capacities for adaptation planning.
The baseline study made recommendations to the ACCJ project partners to support the advancement of climate justice in the target countries. These recommendations included supporting awareness creation programs, promoting public participation in climate change, promoting women’s participation in climate action, influencing policymakers and institutions regarding indigenous knowledge, and setting up groups from indigenous communities. The study also recommended promoting the inclusion of youth, PWDs, women, and indigenous communities in the implementation of climate policies.
The AACJ Global Coordination Meeting provided an opportunity for the consortium members to reflect on progress made in year two of implementation, review the internal and external operating context, plan for COP28, and discuss continuous improvement plans.
The gallery of best practices showcased the potential for scaling up these practices to other regions, and the discussions on challenges and improvements highlighted the importance of coordination and collaboration. The baseline study findings provided insights into the state of climate justice in the target countries and made recommendations for promoting the advancement of climate justice.
Overall, the AACJ program continues to make significant progress toward achieving its goals, and the consortium members left the meeting with renewed energy and focus to drive the program’s implementation.