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A global world needs a Global Youth Empowerment Platform and young people are developing it. Apply NOW: http://worldyouthparliament.org/summit/apply/

From  17/10/2011  to  23/10/2011, two thousand (2000) youths from  Africa,  Asia-Pacific,  Latin  America,  North America and Europe will come together to discuss the concept of “Global Youth Empowerment-a major development asset”. These young  people  from different  parts  of  the  world  use  the  concept  of “global empowerment” or related practices in their daily work as youths across all disciplines.

The  Conference  is being organized  jointly  by  the  World Youth Parliament , strategic partners  and other stakeholders around the world  aimed  at:  to jointly  explore,  reflect and  deepen  the different  dimensions  of  youth  empowerment  across the globe. The Conference shall also  better define  the  needs  of  youth  organizations,  youth  workers  and  youth  leaders  of  all regions  of  the  world,  and  to  contribute  to  sustainable  strategies,  with  a  youth mainstreaming  approach,  towards more  effective  and  efficient  global  youth empowerment processes.

At  the  end  of  this  Conference,  we  seek  to  present a common  understanding  of  Global Youth Empowerment and provide possible Ways Forward.

A common understanding of Global Youth Empowerment encourages awareness of the interdependency between peoples’ local realities and the global perspectives. It stimulates people to critically approach these  increasing  dependencies  and  the  changes  it  is  going  through.  Global Youth Empowerment includes all stakeholders in its entire process. It is as well a methodology as it is a set of global issues.  Global Youth Empowerment has an emancipatory perspective of change by all relevant parties involved. So we understand ‘global’ as being the World and its issues, as well as a holistic approach to youth empowerment and as an empowerment for all.

We ask ourselves if a stable definition of Global Youth Empowerment is needed at all. A less rigid  definition  urges  all  parties  involved  to  keep  an  open  spirit  in  order  to continuously  question  this  definition  critically  through  participation  of  all especially the least empowered youth in our societies.

We understand that there are several definitions of the emerging concept of Global Youth Empowerment. Some  of  them  we find  very  inspiring:  the  definition  formulated  by the UN Youth Charter, Pacific Youth Charter, African Youth Charter and  the  Earth  Charter  amongst  others.  Various political processes and commitments exist that share the vision of a more just and sustainably developed world with the vision underlying Global Youth Empowerment.

These processes will benefit from being linked with Global Youth Empowerment. In particular the Earth Charter, the UN Culture of Peace and the Millennium Development Goals are valuable processes that can be supported by Global Youth Empowerment and vice versa.

We recognize the strong points of these definitions, but also realize that these are just different versions of Global Youth Empowerment, originating from institutions or networks with different backgrounds, and thus putting emphasis on certain aspects of Global Youth Empowerment.

As already mentioned Global Youth Empowerment is a transformative involvement of youth. Throughout its process, Global Youth Empowerment continues to reflect the changes on processes as well as provoking the actors involved to critical thinking.  It  has to adapt  throughout  time,  as  well  as  space towards  the  local  context.  Global Youth Empowerment will change its stakeholders and its stakeholders will change Global Youth Empowerment.

Global Youth Empowerment is a progressive concept originating from a World Youth Parliament context and inspired by other visions from all over the world.  This  provides  essential  contribution  to  the concept  of  Global Youth Empowerment  and  its  understanding,  as  Global  Youth Empowerment  is contributing to these visions. These visions are all originating from certain regional contexts.  Its force is the dialogue between these different visions  since  these visions  are  all  voicing  a  similar  movement,  addressing  similar  concerns  and  using similar methods. The process of dialogue links different  educational concepts from  different  regions  and  realities  and  allows  new  empowerment  theories to spread into creative thinking and practices all over the world.

Various other empowerment approaches exist such as the Peaceful Empowerment, the Inter-cultural Empowerment, the Human Rights Empowerment, the Citizenship Empowerment, the Development Empowerment, the Environmental Empowerment, the Refugee Empowerment, and the Education Empowerment, etc.  These  can  all  be connected  without being  replaced  by  Global Youth Empowerment  and  form  specific  approaches  to tackle specific local or regional issues.

Global Youth Empowerment can only be effective when properly placed in the local context. Global trends impact local realities and vice-versa. So, we recognize that it can be used  in  different  environments,  and  should  be  properly  adapted  to  the  local reality.  It should be implemented in local, regional as well as global environments.

Global Youth Empowerment from a youth perspective is explored, but recognizes that Global Youth Empowerment is an intergenerational process. READ MORE: http://worldyouthparliament.org/summit

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Best regards,

Joseph M D Johnson

AU YVC – LIBERIA

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The Chairperson says that ‘we should look at this forum as a ‘think tank’ and ‘prepare the youth for the future not the future to the youth’

1st April 2011, The Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea to ET, the AU (& the chairperson of the PRC) has officially declared the forum officially open. FB & twitter are tools to express ideas to help Accelerate the discussion process. The African Youth Forum 2011 taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. https://twitter.com/#!/AYF2011 and http://www.facebook.com/africa.youth

The African Youth Forum is coming up from 1 – 10 April 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During the 15th Ordinary Session of the African Union Heads of State and Government, held in Uganda in 2010, the Assembly adopted ‘Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development’ as the theme for 2011 Summit. Do you want to find out how to become a participant from and how to become accredited?  Kindly follow http://www.africa-youth.org/ayf.jsp for further details.

Registration and Accreditation closes 20 March 2011

AU Summits are part of the mechanisms used by African leaders under the auspices of the African Union to deliberate and take action on commitments, upcoming issues and policy framing on social, economic and political aspects that affect African countries.

AU summits are organized under various themes that highlight areas of concern as agreed upon by Heads of States and Assemblies to consider key concerns of the continent. The forthcoming AU Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea will be held under the theme; “Accelerating Youth Empowerment and Sustainable Development in Africaâ€. – Read More FACEBOOK DETAILS: http://www.facebook.com/notes/african-youth-forum-2011/ayf-2011-concept-paper-en/195838830446044

OBJECTIVES OF THE FORUM

The forum will raise awareness and call for effective commitment and actions on the part of all stakeholders and partners at all levels to effectively mainstream youth concerns into development policies, programs, strategies and practices in Africa. The Forum is also intended to strengthen Africa’s participation and engagement in the International Year of Youth with a view to ensuring that its concerns and priorities are adequately reflected.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

More specifically, the Forum will:

  • Demonstrate the compelling evidence of youth empowerment for sustainable development;
  • Deliberate on how the youthfulness of the African population could be an asset and an opportunity ;
  • Deliberate on challenges that the youth face in general and propose key recommendations for the consideration of the Heads of State and Government;
  • Promote sharing of experiences, good practices and lessons learned in mainstreaming youth development into sustainable development agendas;
  • Showcase the significant innovative advancements of African youth, including the Diaspora in their research and scientific activities and achievements and its contributions towards sustainable development.
  • In respect to the previous decisions that African leaders have made to improve the livelihood of young people in Africa, the Forum will review the progress made in the implementation of these commitments and further identify fast-tracking approaches and measures needed to adequately address the continent’s priorities,
  • Give African impetus to the current worldwide momentum towards youth development issues,
  • Strengthen/build new strategic alliances and partnerships among youth networks within and outside Africa.

SUB-THEMES OF THE FORUM:

The following sub-themes will provide guidance to the debates and in group discussions:

v   Youth empowerment and socio-political stability :

ü  Youth and issues concerning democracy, governance, climate change, etc

ü  Youth and peace and security matters, conflict and post-conflicts involvement and responsibilities

v   Youth empowerment and socio-economic stability

ü  Education, science and technology, relevant training and employment

ü  Skills and life skills development

ü  Livelihoods and entrepreneurship and poverty reduction

v   Youth empowerment and social and individual welfare

ü  Youth facing Health challenges, HIV/AIDS

ü  Youth rights, obligations, responsibilities and legal issues

v   Youth empowerment and sustainable development

ü  Youth participation – Policies, decisions and practices (actions and approaches that worked)

ü  Opportunities and challenges

ü  Way forward for sustainable responses

EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND OUTCOMES

Outputs (immediate results):

  • Concrete Resolutions/Recommendations submitted to the Assembly
  • Forum report
  • Forum Resolution/ “Call for Actions and Commitments”
  • Press releases
  • Publications 
  • Web publications

Outcomes (impacts):

  • Youth empowerment  and development programs prioritized and implemented successfully at National and Regional levels
  • Enhanced knowledge of African youth in mainstreaming youth concerns into; development policies and practices;
  • Strengthened capacity of African youth to address their own development; challenges and leverage opportunities presented;
  • Support for the implementation of the African Youth Charter and
  • Strategic alliances and partnerships on the Plan of Action.

[1] World Bank’s African Development Indicators Database, 2009

[2] UNFPA’s State of World Population Report 2003 and 2005

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Best regards,

Joseph M D Johnson

General Secretary

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