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Follow-up Report: African Youth for the Sustainable Development Goals Concept Note
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are pleased to share with  you and your network our Concept Note on “African Youth for the Sustainable Development Goals”.  Attached is a file copy and appended a copy of the report.

Many thanks.

PROJECT:

African Youth for the Sustainable Development Goals /

Les jeunes Africaines pour les objectifs mondiaux de developpement durable

Background

In September 2015, world leaders adopted the world’s first ever Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), also known as the Global Goals consisting of 17 goals that are designed to end poverty, halt climate change and fight injustice and inequality.  The Global Goals are the biggest attempt in the history of the human kind to make the world a better place. We all have a role to play in making these SDGs a reality. From governments to business and policymakers and youth, we must work together to ensure that we understand what the SDGs are and how we can contribute towards paving the way for more sustainable development worldwide, and especially in our own continent of Africa and country of Nigeria.

Objectives

African Youth for the Sustainable Development Goals is a new project that aims to engage youth aged 15-24 across Africa to better understand the SDGs and how they can contribute to the achievements of the SDGs. Africa is the youngest continent in the world, with the most youth than any other continent. We must tap into this resource and ensure that youth take their rightful place in leading change, creating innovative solutions and paving the way for a sustainable Africa.

In essence, this project aims to:

  • Explain what the SDGs are and why they are important, particularly for Africa;
  • Encourage African youth to develop their own ways of contributing to sustainable development at the local, national and regional levels.
  • Raise-awareness and create a platform for information sharing among youth on the SDGs;
  • Engage youth on the SDGs through leadership training activities where youth will learn how to develop and lead their own sustainable development projects that address their city’s, country’s or region’s contexts, priorities and needs.

 

The added bonus of this project is that it is implemented in various countries in local languages so that youth can truly understand the message and importance of the SDGs.

Target Audience

The United Nations defines those persons between the ages of 15 and 24 as youth. This project focuses on this age group as the main target audience. Youth are creative and intelligent individuals who want to contribute towards making their society a better place for all, but they need information and knowledge to do so. This project aims to focus on this target audience, as there is a lot of potential in engaging youth who are deciding what to do with their future. Through this project, youth will be exposed to the world of sustainable development and this may lead to their engagement in this field as a career.

 

Project partners

This project was created in July 2015 by the Climate-Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), with the in kind support of United Nations Information Centre of UN Department Public Information (DPI), and in collaboration with various organizations including World We Want, Association des Femmes pour la Paix et Encadrement des Famille, Soughtout Cameroon, Environmental Protection and Development – EPDA Cameroon, Collectif des OSC pour la Sécurité Alimentaire et le Développement Rural .

Training Session 1: Introducing SDGs to Nigerian youths in the Igbo language

Ensuring youth are equipped to address sustainable development requires a solid understanding of what this is and how the world is collectively addressing sustainable development through the SDGs. This understanding can be accomplished through training of youth on the SDGs.

The first training is scheduled for:

Date:  JULY 2016.

Time: TBD

Location: US EMBASSY YAOUNDE

Participants: This training will involve 50 youths ( main target persons with disabilities) from rural and urban communities in Cameroon

Training structure

The training day is organized in two parts: Part I focuses on background information about the SDGs in local languages including braille and sign language

What they are and why they are important and the role of youth; and Part II guides youth through developing activities that can contribute to the SDGs.

Part I: Information sharing (TBD)

  • Icebreaker: What does sustainable development mean to you? Share two words that describe sustainable development to you.
  • Introduction to the SDGs: Watch video: Bringing the SDGs to life: real change for real people
  • Breakdown of the 17 SDGs – quick overview of the themes that they tackle.
  • Why are the SDGs important for Cameroon?

 

Part II: SDGs for our community and country (TBD)

  • What are the key topics of the SDGs that are relevant to Cameroon? Select five, e.g. poverty, hunger, education, clean water, affordable energy, and provide context about why Nigeria needs to address these challenges.
  • Group work: Each group tackles one of the five challenges. Each group must consist of at least five people. Ask each group to:

o  Develop one main activity they could implement to address their particular SDG issue;

o  Develop key messages (for sharing with the traditional and social media) about their particular SDG issue;

o  Write a letter to their political leaders (local, national and/or regional) about the importance of implementing the SDGs, particularly their SDG issue that affects Cameroon.

  • Sharing findings, conclusions and follow-up activities.

 

Expected outputs

  • A solid understanding of what the SDGs are and what they mean for Cameroon;
  • Proposal for activities that can be implemented nationally to contribute to sustainable development;
  • Engaged youth that can use the media (social media and traditional media) to engage their peers on sustainable development; and
  • Key messages for youth to share with policymakers on the need for the implementation of the SDGs nationally.

Follow up activities

The youth participants must be encouraged to take all the information that is presented to them and use it to develop sustainable development projects or activities that they can implement on a daily basis. The training leaders must act as peer advisors and guide the participants after the training so that the youth feel empowered to take action. Participants are encouraged to further develop their projects, implement them and share their progress with the training leaders from three to six months after the project. Follow up activities can include: raising awareness about the SDGs for Nigeria on social media and outreach to policymakers, among others.

AFRICAN YOUTH FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT NOTE-FINAL


Best regards,

Divine
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Ntiokam,Divine
Global Youth Digital Advocate
Post-2015 and MY World 2015
Tel:+237673359810
Skype ID:ntiokam.divine
http://blog.myworld2015.org
http://csayouthnetwork.wordpress.com/

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Press Release: International Conference on Child Marriage: “Strength in Unity, Girls are Not Brides – A Global Youth Partnership to End Child Marriage” , 19 – 22 May 2016, Temasek Hotel, Melaka, Malaysia

Intl Conference on Child Marriage
An initiative by World Youth Foundation, the International Conference on Child Marriage: “Strength in Unity, Girls are Not Brides – A Global Youth Partnership to End Child Marriage” (ICCM2016) is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development Malaysia, International Youth Council (IYC), ECPAT international, ASIAN NGO and various other agencies. The International Conference will engage approximately 100 young leaders from across the world.
The International Conference on Child Marriage: Strength in Unity, Girls are Not Brides – A Global Youth Partnership to End Child Marriage will provide an opportunity for young people to discuss, understand, share, find solutions and develop strategies on issues pertaining to youth and child marriage that can be implemented at country level.
The four-day International Conference will operate primarily in an interactive mode. During the four days, key issues relating to Child Marriage will be presented by local and foreign speakers in the form of interactive lectures, case studies, video documentaries, skills sharing workshops, utilizing multi-media and informal discussions through active participation among participants. On the last day of the International Conference participants will formulate a Youth Action Plan and submit their Voluntary Pledges.
Key topics to be discussed during the International Conference:
  • Early Marriage of Young and Adolescent Girls – Causes and Impact on Children and society
  • Economics of Child Marriage – where do we go from here?
  • Culture, Religion and Tradition: affirming existing human rights agreements to strengthen the efforts to eradicate child marriage.
  • Preventing the Girl Child Using the Law to End Child and Forced Marriages and related Human Rights Violations
  • Empowering the Girl Child: Child Marrige and Education
  • Empowering young men and and women as partners in achieving gender equality
  • What is the Role of Young People In the Fight of Gender Equality
  • Panel Discussion: A Global Youth Partnership to End Child Marriage
  • Panel Discussion: Presentation by Multistakeholders
  • Training on “Exploring linkages between child marriage and sexual exploitation of children” / Child marriage and Sexual Exploitation of Children: what is in common?” / How is exploitation is both cause and consequence of child marriage
More details of the event can be found at http://wyf.org.my/upcoming-events/
   Open Call for Participation:
Provisional Tentative Programme:
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For more information please contact:
Ms Varsha, Chief Operations Officer
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[WorldYouth] Press Release: International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

WORLD ASSEMBLY OF YOUTH

PRESS RELEASE

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

DATE:  6th APRIL 2016

Sport, as a tool for education, development and peace, can promote cooperation, solidarity, tolerance, understanding, social inclusion and healthy lifestyle at the local, national and international levels. Its inherent values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline, respect for the opponent and the rules of the game are understood all over the world and can be harnessed in the advancement of solidarity, social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is observed each year to promote healthy lifestyles and emphasises the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) focus on giving access to sport to as many people as possible. It is a day when some of the world’s leading sportspeople work together with communities to bring not only sporting opportunities but also its blazing spirit to enrich lives, particularly those of young people.

The World Assembly of Youth (WAY) understands and values the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. We believe that sport has the capacity to empower individuals and bring one’s moral values to the forefront. It can play a strategic role in teaching life values and survival principles as well as communicating encouraging messages on important issues, thus driving social change. It also helps the more vulnerable groups in society, especially young people and persons with disabilities, to enjoy responsibly their human rights, including safe opportunities to engage in physical educational programmes and sporting activities.

Therefore, on this International Day, let us pledge to strengthen the role that sport plays in communities around the world. We need to have everyone on the team, including private sector, public sector, international organisations, NGOs and many others. We urge all stakeholders to utilise sports in achieving the common objective of all, towards the betterment of brighter tomorrow. Children should be introduced to sport earlier and taught the values that it carries. Youth, being young and lively, are encouraged to be the role model in practicing active and healthy lifestyle. Together, let us use sport to help creating a healthier, happier and more prosperous world for all.

Happy International Day of Sport for Development and Peace!

WORLD ASSEMBLY OF YOUTH

Visit our website at http://www.way.org.my
Secretariat Address: World Assembly of Youth, World Youth Complex, Jalan Lebuh Raya, 75450 Melaka, Malaysia.
Telephones: +6062321871 or +6062322711 Fax: +6062327271
Email: info@way.org.my

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She broke the cycle of child marriage

View this message on our website.

Kakenya chose school over child marriage, taking charge of her future

Dear Ms. Helene H.,

Instead of dropping out of school at age 12 and becoming a teen mother, as is traditional in the Maasai community in Kenya, young Kakenya Ntaiya courageously defied the norms and fought to continue her education.

She went on to become the first girl from her village to attend college, and eventually earned her PhD. And as she had promised, she returned to help her community. Kakenya founded the Kakenya Center for Excellence, helping hundreds of girls grow into young leaders—not to mention role models for girls everywhere.

For more about Kakenya’s heroic story—including an incredible TED talk and CNN Hero nomination—check out Tea Collection’s blog post.

A young student at Kakenya Center for Excellence

A young student at Kakenya Center for Excellence
Photo: © Nina Brenner Photography

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Tea Collection’s match means that your donation today will have double the impact. You can help change children’s lives while you shop. There’s no better reason to buy something special for a little one in your life!

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Global Kids Spring 2016 Newsletter

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GK Global Kids

Spring 2016 

Global Kids’ Annual Benefit
On March
The Honorable Dwight L. Bush, Sr., GK Leaders Umamah and Samson and Margaret Anadu at Global Kids’ Annual Benefit

7, 2016, Global Kids (GK) held the organization’s 2016 Annual Benefit at the Council on Foreign Relations on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

The event celebrated 27 years of GK’s programming and the students who participate in it. Global Kids was thrilled to honor Dwight L. Bush, Sr., U.S. Ambassador to The Kingdom of Morocco and Margaret Anadu, Managing Director in the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs.Global Kids’ Chair, Richard Roberts, led a panel of Global Kids alums and one current student on how Global Kids has influenced their activism.  After the panel, Global Kids students in Undesirable Elements performed pieces related to their travel in Haiti and Japan.Huge thanks to everyone who made the event possible: our honorees, benefit committee, board, sponsors, friends, attendees, staff, and our incredible students.Click here to see photos of the event.

Progress on Climate Education
GK Leaders after meeting with staff at Melissa Mark-Viverito’s office
Students in GK’s Human Rights Activist Project are more determined than ever to mandate comprehensive climate education in New York City classrooms.  Through their persistent email and phone call campaigns, they’ve gained more NYC Council Members as sponsors for Resolution 0375.  GK Leaders organized a meeting with Speaker of the New York City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito’s staff.  The staff were impressed by the effort that our students have made on this resolution and how strategic they’ve been in garnering support. From this meeting, GK Leaders were able to meet with staff from from the DOE to discuss next steps in trying to pass Resolution 0375.  The resolution now has 29 sponsors, only five away from guaranteeing a hearing.
To learn more about the work that one GK Leader has been doing on this campaign (and more), click here to read Kazi Ateea’s interview with Chloe Maxmin on her blog, First Here, Then Everywhere.Click here to watch a video about GK Leaders Digna Rosales’s and Brianna Johnson’s trip to Paris for COP21 and how it has motivated them to continue their climate change work back home in New York City.

Radio Rookies in GK Middle and High Schools
Through a partnership with the Hive NYC Learning Network and WNYC, Global Kids is offering WNYC’s Radio Rookies programs to our middle school and high school students.  Radio Rookies is a National Public Radio initiative that helps youth to create original radio segments.  To implement the Radio Rookies programming, GK staff trained at the Radio Rookies’ New York City office.  This partnership aims to expand WNYC’s Radio Rookies program and Global Kids is adapting their high school program for middle schools in the afterschool setting.

GK Staff after training at the Radio Rookies office

GK is conducting Radio Rookies programming in seven schools:  Urban Assembly Institute for New Technologies, New Directions Secondary School, Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, Global Neighborhood Secondary School, School for Human Rights, PS/IS 109 and John Adams High School.

Through the Radio Rookies program, Global Kids aims to empower students to express their opinions using audio media, to develop their ability to learn about the world and one another through journalism, and to teach them radio-journalism skills necessary to produce their own audio pieces.
Global Kids is also using these audio projects to allow students to share with one another across sites.  Youth from different schools have been listening to their peer’s pieces and are responding with their own recorded feedback, suggestions, and follow up questions.
Topics covered so far include questions students would want to ask the President; personal identities and experiences that students feel other people don’t understand; racism and the Black Lives Matter campaign; misunderstandings and distrust between adults and kids; and asking “what is activism?”
Stay tuned for the completed radio segments at the end of the school year.

Middle Schoolers Learn Through Service 
GK Leader from PS/IS 109 with a new friend at the Renaissance Adult Care Center
This year, Global Kids middle school students at PS/IS 109 have been engaged in service learning projects, both in their local communities and beyond.During the midwinter recess, GK students visited Renaissance Adult Care Center, a senior citizen home. The day bridged the gap between our youth and the older adults, fostering new friendships. Students and the senior citizens got to know each through participating in GK ice-breakers and teaching each other dances.

Global Kids at PS/IS 109 is planning another trip to Renaissance Adult Care Center at the end of March that will promote literacy through storytelling. Students will be grouped with senior citizens to read a story and create an alternate ending to the short story.
 

Going beyond their community in Brooklyn, GK Leaders at PS/IS 109 decided to participate in Operation Give Back: Shoes for Haiti.  Approximately 95 GK Leaders made friendship bracelets, wrote letters and produced a video to be sent along with the shoes. Each message was written in English and Haitian Creole and expressed the students’ excitement to connect with them.

Harnessing GK Leaders Musical Talents

Global Kids reaches youth through a variety of youth leadership programs. A recent addition to Global Kids’ programming is Lyricist Lounge, a writing and recording workshop at the Bronx Studio School for Writers (BSSWA). Each week, almost 20 middle school and high school students gather to share and record their poetry, raps, and cover and original songs. While some students are recording, the other students come to the program to  be a part of the experience to share a new composition they are working on.

GK Leader at BSSWA recording a song during Lyricist Lounge

Through this program, GK students have a powerful opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas musically and to support their peers’ work.

At the end of March, BSSWA’s Lyricist Lounge will hold its first showcase bringing together students, faculty and family members to celebrate the performers who make BSSWA’s Lyricist Lounge possible.

Click here to listen to some of the Lyricist Lounge’s recordings!

In This Issue:
Global Kids’ Annual Benefit
Progress on Climate Education
Radio Rookies
Middle Schoolers Service Work
Musical Talents

Global Kids has been empowering students through youth leadership and global education for over 25 years. Help us continue our important work.
Make your donation to Global Kids today!

Global Kids’
Annual Youth Conference on Immigration and Migration
“Build Bridges Not Borders”
is taking place on April 8th at Baruch College!

Student Profile
 Omar Kane
Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists
 
Omar Kane, a sixth grader at the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists (BSSWA), is an outstanding Global Kids Leader. Initially, Omar was only involved in GK’s middle school leadership programming. At first, he was very quiet and infrequently attended GK programs but as time progressed he became more deeply involved.
Omar is now engaged in two additional GK programs, Lyricist Lounge and Undesirable Elements. To get a better understanding of Global Kids, Omar chose to  attend Global Kids High School Leadership Program, observing and taking part in the daily agenda with high school students. Omar Kane is an incredible student who has immersed himself in Global Kids programming at BSSWA.

Save the Date for Global Kids-DC Benefit on May 25th
at the WeWork space in The Wonder Bread Factory.
Stay tuned for more details!

Student Profile

Alaya Shearman

High School for Global Citizenship

 

Being part of Global Kids has been a wonderful and fulfilling opportunity for me, helping me grow tremendously in various areas since 9th grade. I have been able to better articulate myself in front of large crowds, get an idea of what I want to do in life, and where I might want to go for college. Global Kids’ programs has taught me about important global issues such as climate change, global education, gentrification, and police brutality. They have also helped me appreciate interacting with new people. Looking back at a younger version of myself, I see huge differences to who I have become.  I’ve become globally aware, open to new ideas, and willing to challenge myself to travel and meet new people. My highlights as a GK Leader include meeting with Michelle Obama and traveling to Haiti to help film a documentary with Cine Institute. These opportunities have shaped how I view the world and how I want to contribute to making it better.

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Global Kids has been empowering students through youth leadership and global education for over 25 years. Help us continue our important work.
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ICYO-Youth Information Youth Informaiton from ICYO India

ICYOYouth Information Newsletter

Indian Committee of Youth Organizations

Platform of Youth Organizations in India

India’s largest network of urban and rural youth

 

Fourth session of the Committee on Social Development discuss implementation of SDGs in Asia and the Pacific

The fourth session of the Committee on Social Development of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will be held on 28-30 March 2016. inBsngkok. The Committee will discuss the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asia and the Pacific. The Committee will review the social development issues and challenges and consideration of building capacity and adopting innovative approaches to strengthen the social dimension of the SDGs.

 

Indian Committee of Youth Organizations (ICYO) attend the meeting and represented by Mr Ravi Narayan and Mr Ravi Sharma.

 

UNESCAP Asia-Pacific Workshop on Building Capacity to Develop Youth Policies

UNESCAP Asia-Pacific Workshop on Building Capacity to Develop Youth Policies will be held from 29  to 30 March 2016, in conjunction with the fourth session of the Committee on Social Development. This Workshop is part of an interregional development project entitled “Strengthening the capacity of Governments in the ESCAP, ECA andESCWA regions to respond to the needs of youth in formulating inclusive and sustainable development policies”.

 

The aim of the Workshop is to review the findings of a regional analytical report examining challenges and opportunities in the school-to-work transition and also to identify good practices and lessons learned related to youth policies which will serve as material for an online interactive Youth Policy Toolbox. During the meeting, a prototype of the Toolbox will be presented for discussion and feedback from participants.

 

Mr Ravi Narayan and Mr Ravi Sharma will participate from Indian Committee of Youth Organizations (ICYO).

 

SAARC Youth Meet held in Kathmandu

The two-day ‘SAARC Regional Dialogue held in Kathmandu, on Promoting Youth Participation in the Implementation of SDGs’ aims at exploring ways to promote effective youth engagement mechanisms at national and sub-national levels, that would serve as guiding framework for each country’s development between now and 2030.

“We are delighted to host the SAARC Youth Dialogue in Nepal,” said Nepalese Minister for Youth and Sports Satya Narayan Mandal while inaugurating the event in Kathmandu.”Youth in the SAARC region have similar problems, opportunities and challenges. Poverty and youth unemployment in particular are noted as significant challenges,” he said.”These problems can be solved through the development of youth skills, entrepreneurship, leadership, and also by increasing youth participation.”

 

A total of 19 youths and 13 government representatives from the SAARC member-states are participated in the dialogue which was hosted by the Nepal government in collaboration with SAARC Secretariat, and with technical and financial support of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

 

National Integartion Youth Camp held in Kharsia

National Youth Project organized the National Integration Youth Camp at Kharsia, Raigard, Chhatishgarh from 26 February to 2 March 2016. 600 youth from 18 states of India attended the camp. The campers had the opportunity to understand and learn community living, participate in Sadbhana rally, shramdan (labour donation) etc.

 

Govt extends scheme to train J&K youths by 4 years

The Modi government has extended the duration of the Udaan scheme, an initiative aimed at training and improving employability of J&K youth for private sector jobs, till 2019-20.The initial approval of the scheme, launched in 2013, was till 2015-16.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its approval for extension of time period of the scheme `Special Industry Initiative for J&K Udaan’. It is expected that the target of the scheme, to train and enhance employability of 40,000 graduates, post-graduates and three-year engineering diploma holders, will be achieved by 2019-20.

 

Gujrat Govt to build outreach with 25,000 youth centres

The state government has decided to celebrate ‘YuvaVikasVarsh’ (2016-17) by building 25,000 Vivekananda YuvaKendras (VYK), from where an army of youth ambassadors will spread the word of state achievements and welfare schemes.Sources said the government plans to have a VYK in every village, municipal ward, and corporation ward in the state. With each VYK targeting to have between 10 and 50 members, the step, ahead of the 2017 assembly elections in the state, may prove vital in swinging youth sentiment, especially in wake of the recent youth unrest over Patidar quota stir and other reasons.

 

Incoming Events:

 

National Integration Youth Camp

Place: Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand

Date: 3-8 April 2016

Org: National Youth Project

 

National Integration & Sinhasth Kumbh Mela Youth Camp

Place: Ujjain, M P

Date: 20 TO 27 April

Org: National Youth Project

 

Asia Pacific Workshop on Building Capacity to Develop Youth Policy

Place: Bangkok

Date: 29-30 March 2016

Org: UNESCAP, United Nations

 

Interaction on Social Media: Youth Interfaith Dialogue

Date: 11 - 12 April 2016

Place: Delhi

Org: Sarva Dharma Samvaad

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts4Peace Forum 28 to 30 January 2016 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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AAPeace Ini

​Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

 

The African Artists Peace Initiative (AAPI) www.aapiafrica.orgis a Pan-African movement of artists and peace-makers, championing a culture of peace and non-violence in Africa. The overarching objective is to use ”Arts and Culture” as a weapon and tool for nurturing a culture of peace based on values, attitude, and ways of life conducive to the promotion of peace among individuals, groups and society. The movement is inspired by the AU Constitutive Act, AU Year of Peace and Make Peace Happen Campaign, AU 2063 Agenda and the UNESCO Culture of Peace and Non-Violence Campaign.

AAPI intends to contribute to peace advocacy and education through the arts.  African history and arts, can strengthen the emotional and psychological appeal of messages and provide a believable and interesting way to explore sensitive issues, particularly conflict related issues.   

Sequel to success of the first consultative meeting Arts4Peace in Addis Ababa in January 2015, AAPI is organizing the 2nd Arts4Peace Forum from 28 to 30 January 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  

Please find attached the concept paper for your kind attention and perusal.

 We hope you will consider attending or sending a representative from your organization. Kindly email aapi@aapiafrica.org for more information on participation, partnership or further clarifications.
​#InspireACultureofPeace​

​Many Thanks and Regards​

Ibrahim Ceesay
Chairman
Gambia National Youth Council
National Organizing Committee- Banjul+10 May 2016

4 Kanifing Industrial Estate, Julbrew Road
P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda
KMC-The Gambia
Tel: +220 9932685 or 7675977
Skype:ceesaydelight

Concept Note on AAPI Art4Peace Forum 2016

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Outcome xDocument of AAPI Stakeholder Consultative Meeting

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Another useful summary of the key announcements made yesterday:

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including a bit about the announcement of the Climate Resilience Initiative
Ibrahim Ceesay
Chairman
Gambia National Youth Council
National Organizing Committee- Banjul+10 May 2016

4 Kanifing Industrial Estate, Julbrew Road
P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda
KMC-The Gambia
Tel: +220 9932685 or 7675977
Skype:ceesaydelight
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Nuffic Fellowships: Call for Applications 2015-2016

Nuffic Fellowships

The Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (EP-NUFFIC) offers fellowships to participate in training courses in The Netherlands. The aim is to promote capacity building within organisations in eligible countries via training and education for professionals. This is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation. Nuffic offers NFP en MSP fellowships:

The Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for short courses offers scholarships for participants living and working in one of the following 51 countries. For more information about a NFP Scholarship, please see: http://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/scholarships-administered-by-nuffic/netherlands-fellowship-programmes.

The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) aims to contribute to the democratic transition in one of the 10 participating countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. It also aims at building capacity within organisations by enabling employees to take part in short courses in various fields of study. For more information about the MENA Scholarship Programme, see:http://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/scholarships-administered-by-nuffic/mena-scholarship-programme.

(Applicants from Egypt and Jordan are eligible for both NFP and MSP Scholarships. You can only apply for one of the two. If you meet the eligibility criteria of MSP, we recommend that you apply for a this Scholarship.)

How to apply for Nuffic Fellowships
A new fellowship application deadline opens 1 September 2015!

By following the steps as outlined below, you will ensure that your application meets the requirements to qualify for a Nuffic scholarship. All these steps need to be taken before the deadline of 20 October 2015!

Please read the instructions carefully and prepare all the documents in advance. There are many applicants for Nuffic Scholarships and only applications that comply with all the prescribed requirements will be assessed. You are personally responsible for the quality of your application!

The following courses are from 1 September open for Nuffic scholarships.

Integrity and Anti-Corruption (7 – 18 March 2016)
Multilevel Water Governance (4 – 15 April 2016)
Citizen Participation and Inclusive Governance (23 May – 3 June 2016)

For more information about the content of the courses, click on the course link.

All supporting documents must be uploaded in PDF format and must not exceed 2 MB. The following instruction can assist you: Instructions to convert documents to PDF
(If you encounter problems converting documents, please contact us atinfo@thehagueacademy.com)
http://thehagueacademy.com/blog/2015/09/nuffic-fellowships/

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Ibrahim Ceesay
Social Justice Activist/Film-maker
4 Kanifing Industrial Estate Julbrew Road
P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda
KMC-The Gambia
Tel: +220 9932685 or 7675977
Skype:ceesaydelight

“EXCUSE MY TYPOs USING A MOBILE DEVICE”

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[gccaall] ECO – COP21 – 4 December 2015

Linh Do <linh@theverb.org>
Date: 4 December 2015
Subject: [gccaall] ECO – COP21 – 4 December 2015
To:

Hi all,

Please find ECO below, for day five of the UNFCCC COP21 negotiations in Paris, France.
For those who don’t know, ECO has been produced by 1972 as commentary to the environmental negotiations process.
You can also directly subscribe here: www.bit.ly/ECODelegateSignUp
Thanks,
Linh
Lame Danes Win Fossil for Undermining Ambition
Oh, Denmark! In a not too distant past, Denmark was an inspiration to many–setting ambitious targets and rolling out renewables such as wind energy. But today we are not talking about great Danes, we are talking about lame Danes. That’s because today the Danish government is aiming to cut climate targets and shrink climate finance contributions.
The new minority Liberal government of Denmark came into power in July and clearly thought there was too much climate leadership going on. So they decided to dial it down—waaaaaay down.
As negotiators in Paris worked to deliver a durable and ambitious climate regime, Danish Environment Minister Lars Christian Lilleholt declared his preference to scrap Denmark’s  ambitious carbon reduction target of 40% by 2020. This signalled his government’s intent to put the handbrake on Denmark’s ambition, evan as other countries around the world take the opposite approach and gear up to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy future.
While looking to cut their own ambition, the Danish government seemed to want to restrict the ambition of developing countries as well. The new government has a steady stranglehold on climate finance—squeezing the budget from an initial 500 million Danish Krone, which is around 72 million US dollars, to only a projected 39 million US dollars next year. Skammeligt!
The Not-So-Golden Ratio
What does Notre Dame de Paris have in common with the Green Climate Fund? Sadly nothing. The golden ratio, so beautifully on display in the cathedral’s architecture, is nowhere to be found when fossil fuel subsidies are compared to Green Climate Fund pledges.
Ratios have been on ECO’s mind ever since a stroll to Notre Dame. So ECO despaired when it discovered a ratio that was totally out of whack. Analysis released yesterday shows that the ratio of fossil fuel subsidies to Green Climate Fund pledges from 8 key countries is 40 to 1!
You read that right. Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States provide a total of roughly US$80 billion per year to support fossil fuel production, but have only pledged a combined total of $2 billion per year to the Green Climate Fund.
That ratio unsettling. It also pushes the climate talks in exactly the opposite direction of progress. While finance negotiators wander the halls looking for more finance to offer up, billions of dollars are being sucked away to support dirty fossil fuels.
It’s time to #StopFundingFossils and start funding the solutions!

Unstructured Indecision

ECO is distraught that the 2013-2015 review, which included the ‘Structured Expert Dialogue’ (SED), could not come to a conclusion after its three years of work. Saudi Arabia (speaking for the Arab Group, China and India) tried to secure agreement only on procedural conclusions, instead of the actual substance within the Joint Contact Group. What’s more, Saudi Arabia objected to the draft decision taken. This prevented the group from actually recommending appropriate actions on the key messages highlighted in the SED.

ECO also noted that this draft decision still contained many brackets: three options remained on whether the Long Term Goal should be strengthened from below a 2°C goal to 1.5°C. Not allowing a text going forward on such a substantive process and serious matter, not delivering on the mandate of the review to which everyone agreed to, is a serious signal.

Now it is up to the COP Presidency to take the result of three years of intensive work in its own hands and ensure that the SED’s conclusions are made more visible in the UNFCCC negotiations next week. ECO calls on Parties to agree to procedural conclusions and the draft decision in COP, even though they might not share the same positions on all the issues being addressed.

Integrating Integrity
There are wide ambition and resilience gaps between where we are and where we need to be to ensure a liveable world for ourselves and our descendants. There is scant room for false starts, such as project implementations that won’t deliver on their promise. Or worse, projects that do more harm than good.
How can we avoid such pitfalls? The answer lies with that special ingredient, Environmental Integrity. ECO looks at the results of some early implementations and finds much room for improvement. First, implementations must not conflate the environment with just emissions reduction, but instead consider the whole dimension of biodiversity and ecosystems. Second, they must add the social dimension.
ECO thinks that considering Environmental Integrity when devising implementations would help to solve important problems. Though some might question the meaning of ‘Environmental Integrity’, ECO suggests you  look no further than the concept’s context within bodies such as the Sustainable Development Goals and Green Climate Fund. Both embrace Environmental Integrity within their objectives and guiding principles.
For the Paris agreement, we recommend the perfect location: the inclusion of Environmental Integrity in Article 2.2 as an overarching principle. This article shows us a clear way forward. And why stop at Environmental Integrity?  The Parties need to understand Environmental Integrity in a broader context to achieve real transformational change. This broader context includes human rights, gender equality, indigenous peoples’ rights, intergenerational equity, a just transition and decent work, food security and ecosystem integrity.
Phasing Out Ambition?
Whispers echo around Le Bourget about a group of countries trying to phase out ambition in the finance text. Yes, you read it here first. As ECO was beginning to believe countries had finally caught on to the importance of phasing out financial support for dirty fossil fuels, we’re hit with an unpleasant surprise.
The key text for phasing out international support for dirty energy (which Parties call high emissions investments) has just come under fire by some countries, including Saudi Arabia and Argentina. Esteemed delegates, ECO is as shocked as you are. With the urgency of the climate crisis, can we really afford to continue fuelling the fossil fuel industry that’s driving our climate to destruction?
ECO thinks not. If Parties really want to increase climate ambition through finance, they should stand firm and commit their governments to joining the global divestment movement.

Take note Saudi Arabia, Argentina and their supporters: Governments and institutions all over the world are speeding ahead to shift financial investments away from dirty energy. So be prepared to fight off a tide of climate action.

Memo to other Parties: Keep up the fight and lead by example. Your citizens, businesses and investors will thank you for it–not to mention future generations.

We must divest from fossil fuels.

Feeding the Climate Talks
Once upon a time, ECO thought Parties recognised the impact of climate change on food security and the importance of letting people know that they might starve if they don’t address warming. Unsurprisingly (given that the IPCC’s latest report speaks to this issue), 60% of the INDCs mention ‘food security’. So, it’s disappointing for ECO to learn that while food ‘production and distribution’ has popped up in the agreement 3 times, food ‘security’ is absent from the operative text. Perhaps Parties need a refresher on the difference between food security and food production?
World Bank and FAO reports clearly state that hunger is not a problem of food quantity, but of regular access to enough nutritious food. And access is different from distribution. It refers to having sufficient resources at all time to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet whereas distribution refers to being able to transport food from one place to another. Really, Parties: emphasising ‘food production and distribution’ is so old fashioned that it’s a throwback to the 1990s.
ECO has heard rumors that the Paris Agreement can’t reference food security because it is a sector–as in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. ECO is happy to state that this is not the case. As per the recently released SDGs, food security is now a global development goal: Goal 2 aims to end hunger, achieve foodsecurity and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. On the other hand, food production is a sector.

Lastly, ECO is aware that ‘food production’ is mentioned in Article 2 of the UNFCCC. So, why repeat it? ECO has heard that some Parties are afraid to introduce a new concept in the Paris Agreement. Be assured that food security as a concept was agreed and defined at the World Food Summit in 1996 so it is UN agreed language that Parties can use.

ECO therefore calls on Parties to enter the 21st century and anchor food security in the Paris Agreement. It is time to recognise that ending hunger is not simply a matter of production and distribution – but a question of dignity.

Getting to the Core of Article 6

ECO is worried that the lengthy conversations about future contributors to climate finance may be helping developed countries avoid provisions today for more adequate and predictable support. Because, with time running out, ECO is fearful that Article 6 may be reduced to little more than a compromise on differentiation, a bit on ex-ante information (the draft para on this, let’s face it, is just re-hashing stuff from previous COP decisions), language on ex-post transparency, and perhaps a reference to the global stocktake.

This would be unfortunate. ECO has always seen Article 6 as one that an ambitious agreement needs in order to ensure future financial support for those countries that need it. Para 10 (option 2) does exactly that. The text suggests the periodic setting, review and adjustment of collective goals for the provision of support. ECO would love to see these few words, originally inserted by the G77 in October 2015, become the “operational core” of Article 6. Setting such collective goals, for instance, in 5-year cycles, perhaps backed by individual countries’ plans outlining how they will contribute, would greatly increase predictability. It would enhance adequacy, too, if such goals were linked to support requirements hinted at by developing countries in their current and future INDCs.

And yes, differentiation needs to be fixed. If ECO had its way, of course, Annex 2 countries would be required to enhance  the implementation of their obligations. And other countries with comparable levels of historic responsibility and economic capability would indeed be in a position to complement such efforts.

   For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.

Ibrahim Ceesay
Chairman
Gambia National Youth Council
National Organizing Committee- Banjul+10 May 2016

4 Kanifing Industrial Estate, Julbrew Road
P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda
KMC-The Gambia
Tel: +220 9932685 or 7675977
Skype:ceesaydelight

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Daily Tck: Day 3 of the Paris Climate Change Conference

Ibrahim Ceesay
Strategist/Development Practitioner
4, Kanifing Industrial Estate
P.O Box 2545 Serre Kunda
The Gambia
Email: ceesaydigital@gmail.com
Tel: +220 3722211

“Joshua Wiese, Global Call for Climate Action” <joshua.wiese@tcktcktck.org>
Date: 3 Dec 2015
Subject: Daily Tck: Day 3 of the Paris Climate Change Conference

View it in your browser.

 http://tcktcktck.org/events/cop20/

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Daily Tck: Day 2 of the Paris Climate Change Conference

Joshua Wiese, Global Call for Climate Action <joshua.wiese@tcktcktck.org>
Date: 2 December 2015
Subject: Daily Tck: Day 2 of the Paris Climate Change Conference

View it in your browser.

Ibrahim Ceesay
Chairman
Gambia National Youth Council
National Organizing Committee- Banjul+10 May 2016

4 Kanifing Industrial Estate, Julbrew Road
P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda
KMC-The Gambia
Tel: +220 9932685 or 7675977
Skype:ceesaydelight

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Internships at Africa 2.0 Secretariat – please share

 Ibrahim Ceesay

Social Justice Activist/Film-maker
4 Kanifing Industrial Estate Julbrew Road
P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda
KMC-The Gambia
Tel: +220 9932685 or 7675977
Skype:ceesaydelight

“EXCUSE MY TYPOs USING A MOBILE DEVICE”

Hi all – just a reminder for all to please forward the below widely throughout your networks – especially to top Universities or educational institutions you may be connected to.
Thank you and warm wishes
Sarah
Begin forwarded message:
From: Sarah Owusu <sarah@owusu.co.uk>
Subject: Internships at Africa 2.0 Secretariat – please share
Date: May 12, 2015
Dear team
It is with great pleasure that the Secretariat has started recruitment for interns – I am attaching details about the internship programme, the types of individuals we are looking for and the application process (also pasted below for ease).
Please share widely among your communities of high-calibre individuals &/ universities – note that we are looking for candidates that could work from Johannesburg for now, although we will consider exceptional applications from other locations.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Warm wishes
Sarah

Application for internship opportunities at Africa 2.0 Global Secretariat:

To apply please send your application to recruitment@africa2point0.org. Your application should include:

  • A 2 page CV
  • A covering letter explaining, in no more than 600 words, why you have the skills, experience and attributes to successfully deliver in this role.Important: Please indicate the length of internship you are applying for and the time commitment you are able to make.
  • A short essay (no more than 600 words) answering ONE of these question:

·       What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of our current Africa 2.0 website?

·       How would you make the Manifesto more prominent for the Africa 2.0 membership community?

·       What are the key benefits to a sponsor of funding Start Up Africa?

·       How would you ensure that participants for the 2015 Annual Leadership Symposium take action after the event?

Applications that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered.

Recruitment of interns is ongoing. We will review applications and invite candidates to interview on a rolling basis. Due to the volume of applications we are unable to provide any feedback on unsuccessful applications.

At Africa2.0 we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We need the support and buy-in of all sectors of society to achieve our vision and we need a diverse team to do this.

 Africa 2.0 Secretariat Internship Opportunities

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Common African Position website launched

Dear all,
 
Kindly find below information on the Common African Position and Financing for Development as well.
 
Kind regards,
Yvette
“Yvette Kathurima” <advocacy@femnet.or.ke>
Date: 14 May 2015
Subject: Common African Position website launched

Ibrahim Ceesay
Social Justice Activist/Film-maker
4 Kanifing Industrial Estate Julbrew Road
P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda
KMC-The Gambia
Tel: +220 9932685 or 7675977
Skype:ceesaydelight

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African Platform

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Kind regards,

Yvette Kathurima

Head of Advocacy/Chef de Plaidoyer
African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)
Réseau de Développement et de Communication des Femmes Africaines

www.femnet.co | FEMNET on Facebook | Blog: femnet.wordpress.com 

Twitter: @femnetprog  |  Skype: Femnet Secretariat | FEMNET on YouTube

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 Call for Applications: Youth Event at the 7th UNAOC Global Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan

Youth Event at the 7th UNAOC Global Forum in Baku on April 25-27, 2016. 

FYI

Ibrahim Ceesay
Strategist/Development Practitioner
4, Kanifing Industrial Estate
P.O Box 2545 Serre Kunda
The Gambia
Email: ceesaydigital@gmail.com
Tel: +220 3722211

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> UNAOC Announces the Call for Applications for the Youth Event at the 7th Global Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan
> View this email in your browser
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> Dear Friends,
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> The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) invites young people from around the world who are members of youth led organizations/networks/initiatives to apply to the Youth Event at the 7th UNAOC Global Forum in Baku on April 25-27, 2016. The event, entitled Living Together in Inclusive Societies is an amazing opportunity for participants to interact with key stakeholders, experts and other youth involved in social action and to contribute to shaping the global narrative on social inclusion. Youth aged 18 to 35 are invited to apply on the UNAOC website: apply.unaoc.org before January 17, 2016. The application guidelines are available on the same web site.
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> Please find more details in the Press Release below:
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> New York, USA, December 9, 2015 – The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is pleased to announce the launch of the call for applications for the Youth Event at the 7th Global Forum hosted by the government of Azerbaijan from April 25 to 27, 2016 in Baku. Up to 150 youth from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds with outstanding track records in intercultural dialogue and youth work will be selected to participate in the Youth Event (April 25th), attend the Global Forum (April 26-27th) and thus contribute to the global narrative on social inclusion.
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> This unique international level opportunity for civic and intercultural participation is designed to give participants a chance to share their experiences, learn from each other, interact with key stakeholders and experts in their area of interest and network with a broader range of actors in the field of social inclusion and intercultural dialogue. The Youth Event will also have an online component with the aim of maximizing the exchange of ideas among participants and preparation for the actual event. Its outcome will be a series of Narratives of Tomorrow, which articulate youth’s vision for inclusive societies, building on the positive contributions youth are already making in this regard.
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> Youth aged 18 to 35 are invited to apply on the UNAOC website: apply.unaoc.org from now until January 17, 2016. For more information, please contact us at: youtheventbaku@unaoc.org
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> About the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)
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> UNAOC is an initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, which responds to a broad consensus across nations, cultures and religions that all societies are interdependent, bound together in their development and security, and in their environmental, economic and financial well-being. Established in 2005, the UNAOC’s mission is to improve cross-cultural understanding and cooperation among countries, peoples and communities. It seeks to forge collective political will and to mobilize concerted action at the institutional and civil society levels to overcome the prejudice, misperceptions and polarization. UNAOC contributes to a coalescing global movement which, reflecting the will of the vast majority of people, rejects extremism in any society. Learn more about the UNAOC at www.unaoc.org.
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> Apply for the Youth Event at the 7th UNAOC Global Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan
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TOMORROW: African Youth Day @COP21 11th December 2015 <<12:00-1:30>> African Pavilion Hall 3

Afri YouthDay Cop21

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The ”Africa Youth Day” @COP21 will provide an avenue for African youths to showcase their climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, projects and initiatives. Best practices arising from the various initiatives will be developed to an African youth climate change adaptation and mitigation best practice handbook.

Please find attached the agenda for your kind attention and look forward to seeing you on the said date and time…..
Green Regards!!! 

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INVITATION: African Youth Day @ COP21 11th December 2015 <<<12:00-1:30>>>

Afri Yocc image

Dear Friends and Colleagues,  

In response, to the call by AU Heads of Sates and Government to establish the CAHOSCC Youth Programme on Climate Change (CYPCC), (Assembly/AU/Dec.538{XXIII}) and cognizant of the key role played by African youths in climate change mitigation and adaptation and overall sustainable development.

The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) of UNECA, will officially launch ClimDev– Africa Youth Platform (ACLYP) through a High-level Youth Forum on Climate Change and Development in Africa on the 11 December 2015 from 12:00p.m-1:30pm at the African Pavilion in COP21. The forum will engage ministers, UN agencies, CSO’s, private sector, youths and prominent climate experts, to discuss the role of African youth in meaningful participation in climate change and sustainable development issue.

The ClimDev – Africa Youth Platform (ACLYP) is established under the ClimDev Africa Programme. The Platform seeks to be a unique, transformative, intellectual and social platform that seeks to inspire and connect African youths to act on climate change and take advantage of the inclusive green economy. 

The ”Africa Youth Day” @COP21 will provide an avenue for African youths to showcase their climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, projects and initiatives. Best practices arising from the various initiatives will be developed to an African youth climate change adaptation and mitigation best practice handbook.

Please find attached the agenda for your kind attention and look forward to seeing you on the said date and time…..

Green Regards!!! 

Ibrahim Ceesay
Chairman
Gambia National Youth Council
National Organizing Committee- Banjul+10 May 2016

4 Kanifing Industrial Estate, Julbrew Road
P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda
KMC-The Gambia
Tel: +220 9932685 or 7675977
Skype:ceesaydelight
     

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Fellowships for African Researchers

“EXCUSE MY TYPOs USING A MOBILE DEVICE”

From: “African Academy of Sciences Communication” <communication@aasciences.org>
Date: 14 May 2015
Subject: Fellowships for African Researchers

Ibrahim Ceesay
Social Justice Activist/Film-maker
4 Kanifing Industrial Estate Julbrew Road
P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda
KMC-The Gambia
Tel: +220 9932685 or 7675977
Skype:ceesaydeligh

The UK’s Medical Research Foundation is inviting applications for its research development fellowships.

 Up to is £43,000​ will be given to African researchers who received their PhDs in the last four years to develop research ideas and funding proposals. Successful applicants will also spend nine months in a research organisation based in Europe or  South Africa.

Applications close on  8 July.

Details of how to apply are here: http://www.medicalresearchfoundation.org.uk/for-researchers/funding-opportunities/funding-for-african-researchers/#aref

Medical Research Foundation | Funding for African Researchers

The African Academy of Sciences

No. 8 Miotoni Lane, Karen, Nairobi, Kenya

* P.O. Box 24916 – 00502, Nairobi, Kenya

( +254 (20) 806 0674

:www.aasciences.org

www.facebook.com/aasciences

@AASciences

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Swedish Institute’s Young Leaders Visitors Programme (YLVP)

Deadline: 8 December 2015
Open to: applicants from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen and Sweden who are actively working for democracy and human rights
Venue: 15 May-3 June 2016, Sweden; 5-11 2016 November, MENA

Description

The Swedish Institute’s Young Leaders Visitors Programme (YLVP) is an intercultural leadership programme that aims to lay a foundation for dialogue and knowledge sharing among young leaders from the Middle East, North Africa and Sweden. The YLVP is designed to provide the participants with new skills, broadened networks and innovative tools to strengthen their work to drive social change in their respective contexts.

During and after the programme the participants will be part of an active network that will boost creativity and support their personal and professional development, while also laying the platform for a more connected future. Since the launch of the YLVP in 2008, the programme alumni network has grown to comprise over 200 young leaders.
The programme comprises of four weeks of intensive work divided into two modules:

  • Module 1: YLVP in Sweden (15 May – 3 June 2016);
  • Module 2: YLVP in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region (5–11 November 2016).

Eligibility

To apply to the Young Leaders Visitors Programme you have to:

  • Be an engaged leader within the spheres of society, culture, politics or media (for example project managers, youth leaders, journalists, bloggers, activists, youth politicians, cultural workers, civil servants, lawyers and pedagogues);
  • Work actively for democracy and human rights;
  • Be between 20 and 32 years old (at the time of the start of the programme);
  • Have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English;
  • A citizen of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine*, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen or Sweden.

Costs

All costs related to accommodation, food and transport during the YLVP are covered by the Swedish Institute. The Swedish Institute will also arrange and pay for your air travel to and from Sweden and to the location of the second module of the programme in the MENA region. Participants are themselves responsible for costs related to transport within their own countries.

How to apply?

You apply by filling out the application form and submitting it through the application portal together with your CV in English. The deadline is 8 December 2015.

A complete application consists of:

  • A completed application form in English,  including your contact details and the contact details of two reference persons;
  • An updated CV in English;
  • A photo (not compulsory).

For more information please visit the official website.

Ibrahim Ceesay
Chairman
Gambia National Youth Council
National Organizing Committee- Banjul+10 May 2016

4 Kanifing Industrial Estate, Julbrew Road
P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda
KMC-The Gambia
Tel: +220 9932685 or 7675977
Skype:ceesaydelight

      
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Young Professionals Programme (YPP)

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Young Professionals Programme (YPP)

The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) provides the opportunity to young university graduates and young qualified professionals from non- and under-represented Member Statesclick here  to join UNESCO at the early stage of their professional career.

Currently the YP programme is open. UNESCO will receive qualified candidatures from the eligible UNESCO’s NATIONAL COMMISSION (click here). Interested candidates are welcome to contact their relevant NATCOM to apply for the Programme.

Who are we looking for? Do you have the right profile?

  • Nationality: non- or under-represented Member State in UNESCO. (To consult current geographical distribution within the Organization, please click here).
  • Age:  32 years maximum. Candidates must be born not later than 31th December 1983
  • Education: an advanced university degree in education, culture, science, social and human sciences or communication, or in a field of direct relevance to the management and administration of an international organization.
  • Languages: fluent English or French. Knowledge of both working languages is an asset. Knowledge of Spanish, Russian, Arabic or  Chinese is an additional asset.
  • Experience: initial professional experience is an asset, but not mandatory.
  • Values: Integrity, professionalism, respect for diversity and a strong commitment to the UNESCO’s mission.

The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) /Associate Expert (AE) Programme

The JPO/AE Programme provides the opportunity for young university graduates and young qualified professionals to acquire training and work experience in technical cooperation and in management and administration of multilateral programmes and projects either within UNESCO’s Field Offices or at Headquarters. JPO/AEs are recruited under bilateral agreements between UNESCO and the donor countries*, generally for a duration of 2 to 3 years.

Who are we looking for?

Do you have the right profile?

  • Age: Candidates are normally under the age of thirty-two when applying for an JPO/AE position.
  • Education: a university degree in education, culture, science, social and human sciences or communication, or in a field of direct relevance to the management and administration of an international organization.
  • Languages: fluent English or French and a good knowledge of the other working language. Knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, Spanish or Russian is an additional asset.
  • Previous experience: an initial professional experience is an asset, but is not mandatory.
  • Nationality: candidates for the JPO/AE Programme are normally nationals of the Donor country* funding their assignment to UNESCO. Applicants from developing countries may also be considered by certain Donor Governments.
  •  Values: Integrity, professionalism, respect for diversity and a strong commitment to the UNESCO mission.

* The following countries have signed an agreement with UNESCO regarding the JPO/AE Programme::

Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, People’s Republic of China, DenmarkFinlandFrance,Germany, Greece, ItalyJapanNetherlandsNorwayPortugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea,SpainSwedenSwitzerlandUnited Kingdom

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Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan 21 to 22 August 2015

Hello All,Greetings from the African Artists Peace Initiative (AAPI) www.aapiafrica.orghttps://www.facebook.com/pages/African-Artists-Peace-Initiative/561796987253964

The Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security will bring together young people, youth-led organizations, non-governmental organizations, governments and UN entities to agree on a common vision and roadmap to partner with young people in preventing conflict, countering violent extremism and building lasting peace.

Kindly apply here  https://www.unteamworks.org/youth4peace

The Forum is held under the Patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II and will be organised by the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, United Nations Peacebuiliding Support Office, UNFPA and UNDP with support of the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD), in partnership with Search for Common Ground and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders.

The expected outcomes of the Forum are:

  • a declaration presenting a common vision in support of young people’s roles in preventing and transforming conflict, countering violent extremism and building peace

  • a strengthened coalition of existing youth networks, youth-led organizations and young leaders into a Civil Society Consortium on Youth, Peace and Security

  • identification of concrete avenues to support young people working on conflict prevention and transformation, on countering violent extremism and on peacebuilding

  • an expanded evidence-base demonstrating the positive contribution of young people to conflict prevention and transformation and peacebuilding.

  • the launch of a global multimedia and communication campaign aimed at highlighting the extraordinary efforts of young people who are shaping their communities constructively

FORMAT

The Forum will last for two days and consist of two segments: a high-level policy segment during which participants will discuss key policy recommendations towards a new international agenda on youth, peace and security and a technical segment, dedicated to exchange of experiences and best practices.

The Forum will be a space for meaningful intergenerational dialogue: it will create the conditions for common understanding and respect between generations and increase dialogue and cooperation between young people and adults to work together to prevent and resolve violence, extremism and conflict. Half of the participants in the Forum will be young people.

KEY TOPICS

The Forum will cover a wide range of topics related to countering violent extremism, conflict prevention, violence reduction and peacebuilding, in order to reflect on young people’s contribution to these fields. The non-exhaustive list of key themes to be addressed includes:

  • Young people’s participation: an untapped resource for political stability and economic prosperity

  • Young people’s resilience: stories from conflict-affected zones

  • Youth leadership, engagement and organizing

  • Young women shaping peace

  • Religion/inter-religious speech and counter speech

  • The role of young people in countering violent extremism

  • Media and Communication

  • investingin youth capacities for peace and stability

  • Post-conflict planning and financing

  • Governance and participation

An exhibition space will run throughout the conference and will exclusively feature the work done by young people from conflict-affected and post-conflict countries. An internet / social media platform will also be developed.

CRITERIA FOR YOUTH PARTICIPANTS

Age: youth participants should be between 15-35 years of age.

Experience and Leadership:  youth participants must demonstrate leadership in peacebuilding, reducing violence or countering extremism through examples of initiatives they have undertaken at the community or policy level in countries in conflict, post-conflict or with widespread violence.

Networks: youth participants must be members of or affiliated with a youth-led organization, network or movement or they must be able to demonstrate how they can disseminate the outcomes of the meeting to a wider network.

Commitment: youth participants must demonstrate commitment to nonviolence, peaceful and inclusive societies, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Charter, Aims and Purposes of the United Nations.
Language. youth participants must have an understanding of English, French or Arabic. All applications must be submitted in English, French or Arabic. Interpretation between English, Arabic and French will be provided during the Forum.

The travel, visa and subsistence cost of the selected youth participants will be covered. Please note that participants are expected to arrive August 20 and to depart August 23.

We are committed to ensuring diversity of age, region, gender and sexuality, race, culture, ethnicity, socio-economic and religious/non-religious backgrounds. We are committed to ensuring equal access for youth participants with disabilities.

Participants will be selected on the basis of motivation and experience . The organizers will ensure balance in terms of age, gender, geography and diversity among selected participants. The majority of selected participants will represent an organization and come from communities or countries affected by conflict, going through a post-conflict process or facing widespread violence.

The deadline for applications is May 17, 2015. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible.

Ibrahim Ceesay

Executive Coordinator- African Artists Peace Initiative (AAPI)
Email: ceesay.ibrahim@aapiafrica.org

Website: www.aapiafrica.org 
 
4 Kanifing Industrial Estate, Julbrew Road
P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda
KMC-The Gambia
Tel: +220 9932685 or 7675977
Skype:ceesaydelight
Ibrahim Ceesay
Social Justice Campaigner
Strategist//Development Expert//Movement Builder//

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Financing for Development – Civil Society Engagement

 Civil Society <civil.society@unwomen.org>
Date: 7 May 2015
Subject: Financing for Development – Civil Society Engagement
To: Civil Society <civil.society@unwomen.org>

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FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT (FfD)

WHAT’S AT STAKE FOR GENDER EQUALITY

 

Voice, Participation and Contributions of civil society organizations and women’s movement within

FfD discussions MUST increase at all levels!!!

 

 

 

WHAT is Financing for Development (FfD) really about?

  • ·         The (re) distribution, allocation and utilization of financial resources to meet development needs.
  • ·         Transforming investment into concrete action in order to close the resource gaps that hinder gender equality.

 

WHY is Financing for Development important for women?

  • ·         Prioritized, dedicated resource allocation and investment to achieve gender equality is an urgent imperative. Unless there is commitment to significantly scale up in scope and quality, the investment in gender equality and the ambitions of the Beijing Platform for Action will not be achieved.
  • ·         This is an opportunity to prioritize and dedicate significant and sustainable resources to achieve gender equality outcomes.

 

WHAT must happen?

  • ·         Women’s organizations MUST continue to demand accountability of all stakeholders for the full implementation of international norms and standards on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • ·         Domestic, international, public and private sources of financing must be mobilized and effectively used to achieve the full and accelerated implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in order to meet commitments on the proposed gender equality goal (SDG 5) and gender sensitive targets in other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

HOW to get involved?

  • ·         Join ongoing efforts to participate in the Financing for Development conference.
  • ·         Reach out to the diversity of civil society groups that are already engaged and providing critical contributions to the Financing for Development process:

Ø  Women’s Working Group on FFD (http://wwgonffd.org/)

Ø  Post-2015 Women’s Coalition (www.post2015women.com)

Ø  Women’s Major Group (www.womenrio20.org)

  • ·         ACCESS various resources (see below).

Find out more about the FfD process and…

ADD your voice!

RESOURCES

http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd3/

http://www.unngls.org/index.php/financing-for-development-conference/47-financing-for-development-conference

http://www.ngosonffd.org/

http://gender-financing.unwomen.org/en

For UN Women’s key messages (see attachment)

CHECK OUT OUR VIDEO! https://youtu.be/6a5bPDih860

Ibrahim Ceesay
Social Justice Campaigner
Strategist//Development Expert//Movement Builder//4 Kanifing Industrial Estate, Julbrew Road
P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda
KMC-The Gambia
Tel: +220 9932685 or 7675977
Skype:ceesaydelight

Key messages on Financing for Development

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Flyer – Financing for Development

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YOUTUBE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a5bPDih860

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Career Opportunities at the African Academy of Sciences

Benjamin Gyampoh <b.gyampoh@aasciences.org>
Date: 24 December 2014
Subject: Career Opportunities at the African Academy of Sciences

Recruitment AAS <Recruitment@aasciences.org>

Dear Colleague,

Greetings. Please see below career opportunities available at the African Academy of Sciences which may be of interest to you or a suitable person you know. Please help circulate widely by sharing with colleagues in your network.

1.      AESA Director:

http://www.aasciences.org/attachments/article/384/AESA%20Director%20Advert.pdf

2.      Chief Operating Officer:

http://www.aasciences.org/attachments/article/384/Chief%20Operating%20Officer%20Advert.pdf

3.      Programme Manager:

http://www.aasciences.org/attachments/article/384/AESA%20Program%20Manager%20Advert.pdf

4.      Programme Assistant:

http://www.aasciences.org/attachments/article/384/AESA%20Program%20Assistant%20Advert.pdf

5.      Monitoring and Evaluation Manager:

http://www.aasciences.org/attachments/article/384/AESA%20Monitoring%20and%20Evaluation%20Manager%20Advert.pdf

6.      Communications Manager:

http://www.aasciences.org/attachments/article/384/Communications%20Manager%20Advert.pdf

7.      Grants Officer:

http://www.aasciences.org/attachments/article/384/AESA%20Grants%20Officer%20Advert.pdf

8.      Grants Accountant:

http://www.aasciences.org/attachments/article/384/AESA%20Grants%20Accountant%20Advert.pdf

9.      Job Application Form:

http://www.aasciences.org/attachments/article/384/Job%20Application%20Form.doc

Thanks very much for your patience and assistance.

Sincerely,

Benjamin Apraku Gyampoh, PhD

Programme Office

AAS

The African

Academy of Sciences

No. 8 Miotoni Lane, Karen, Nairobi, Kenya I P.O. Box 24916 – 00502, Nairobi, Kenya ITelephone: +254 (20) 806 0674 I Website: www.aasciences.org I Facebook:www.facebook.com/aasciences I Twitter: @AASciences

“Driving Scientific and Technological Development in Africa”

Ibrahim Ceesay
Executive Coordinator- African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC)
Email: ceesaydigital@gmail.com
Website: www.ayicc.net
Head of Programmes- African Youth Panel (AYP)
Chair: African Youth Alliance on Post2015
Email: ibrahim.ceesay@africanyouthpanel.org
Website: www.africanyouthpanel.org

4 Kanifing Industrial Estate, Julbrew Road
P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda
KMC-The Gambia
Tel: +220 9932685 or 7675977
Skype:ceesaydelight

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[WorldYouth] WAY November Bulletin 2015 [1 Attachment]

‘WAY Secretariat’ office@way.org.my [WorldYouth] included below]

 Dear Members and Colleagues,

Warm greetings from the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) headquarters in Melaka, Malaysia!

We are hereby pleased to circulate our e-Bulletin for the month of November 2015. Hope the news provided will be of assistance to your esteemed organization.

Happy Reading!

View attachments on the web

WAY BULLETIN NOVEMBER 2015.pdf

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WORLD ASSEMBLY OF YOUTH

PRESS RELEASE

WORLD AIDS DAY

DATE: 1ST DECEMBER 2015

“One of the best ways to fight stigma and empower HIV positive people is by speaking out openly and honestly about who we are and what we experience.”

~ Alex Garner, HIV Activist ~

 We live in a globe of stigma and intolerance, too often, coming out to say your status is met with anger, criticism, and possibly even hostility. The most common emotion that people experience upon learning that they are HIV positive is shame. It is a critical and paralyzing emotion that has no advantages and serves no purpose. Speaking out is one of the best remedy to shame. When people speak openly and boldly about their HIV status, we can find genuineness and empowerment that can help to foster a stronger and healthier society.

World AIDS day is celebrated every year all over the world on 1st of December to raise the public awareness about AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). AIDS is a pandemic caused due to the infection of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The day is celebrated by the government organisations, NGOs, civil societies and other health institutions, dedicated to commemorate those who have passed on and to raise awareness about AIDS and the global spread of the HIV virus.

The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 after health ministers from around the world met in London, England and agreed to such a day as a way of highlighting the enormity of the AIDS pandemic and nations’ responsibility to ensure universal treatment, care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS.

The World Assembly of Youth (WAY) aspires to continue encouraging all members to organise programmes to combat the causes of AIDS pandemics and other deadly diseases. We prioritise in bringing awareness about the HIV/AIDS issue to the youth globally.  In 2006, WAY published a book entitled ‘World Responses to HIV/AIDS Pandemic’ available at the following link: http://www.way.org.my/books/category/world-responses-to-hiv-aids-pandemic.

We believe it is the opportunity for young people to work actively and collaboratively with partners and other stakeholders around the world to raise awareness about HIV and help us move closer to the goal of an AIDS-free generation.

 Happy World AIDS Day!

WORLD ASSEMBLY OF YOUTH

Visit our website at http://www.way.org.my
Secretariat Address: World Assembly of Youth, World Youth Complex, Jalan Lebuh Raya, 75450 Melaka, Malaysia.
Telephones: +6062321871 or +6062322711 Fax: +6062327271
Email: info@way.org.my

Reply via web post

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Reminder: Early-bird Registration is closing soon

2016 Winter Youth Assembly: February 17-18, 2016

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November 2015 E-Newsletter

 http://wyf.org.my/

EVENTS

21st SESSION OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES (COP21/CMP11) UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE

Website: http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en

14th SEAMEO INNOTECH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “A BETTER FUTURE FOR EVERY LEARNER IN SOUTHEAST ASIA”

Website: http://ic.seameo-innotech.org/main


8th ASIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE ON REPRODUCTIVE AND SEXUAL HEALTH AND RIGHTS

Website: http://www.mm8apcrshr.org


10th REGIONAL CONGRESS – SEARCH FOR SEAMEO SCIENCE YOUNG SCIENTISTS
“YOUTH INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY”

Website:  http://www.recsam.edu.my/index.php/events/ssys

WOMEN DELIVER 2016
WORLD HUMANITARIAN SUMMIT 2016
69th WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY

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