UDs championing a global call
Dschang, UDs/SIC, 25/11/14. Last October 28-30th 2014, the beautiful city of Baku hosted the 1st ever global forum on youth policies, which culminated with the launching of the Baku Commitments on Youth Policies. From among the 200 candidates selected from the 4700 applicants, the University of Dschang was ably represented by Mr. Mbuih Zukane as a youth policy expert.
This legendary global event was co-organized by the Office of the UNSecretary General’s Envoy on Youth, UNDP, UNESCO, and the Council of Europe, with the support of youthpolicy.org and hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Azerbaijan. The forum brought together over 700 participants from 165 countries, with a strong participation of ministers responsible for youths, as well as experts, youth advocates, civil society representatives, United Nations representatives and international and regional organizations.
Representing the University of Dschang, with total support from the Rector, Pr Anaclet FOMETHE, Mr. Mbuih Zukane was part of a four man delegation from the Republic of Cameroon, made up of the Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education (MINJEC) Dr Ismael BIDOUNG MKPATT, Mrs NGEH Rikia Nfunfu, Director of Cooperation and Statistics, MINJEC, and Mrs Tah EDWAN Ngum, head juvenile detention and advocacy program human right focus Cameroon.
The forum started with an opening plenary session that was animated by H.E. Ahmed Ahendawi, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy to the youths, with keynote speeches from H.E. Azad Rahimov, Minister of Youth and Sports Azerbaijan, a video message from H.E Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General among others. Mr Andreas Karsten, the lead facilitator later unveiled the methodology of the forum that was made up of thematic, structural and region-specific sessions aimed at bringing out the Baku commitments. The most striking event was the announcement of the creation of the African Network of Youth Policy Experts (AfriNYPE) which was applauded and endorsed by the International Community.
The Baku commitments which stipulates multi-stake holder approach and a full implementation of the WPAY (World Programme Action for Youth) was a cause for concern for the University of Dschang as well as an NGO he represents, (ICAD). These commitments will be given back to the Cameroonian public, particularly to the students of the University of Dschang, Cameroon for a better mainstreaming of youth participation in decision making.
In the coming days it is hoped that the creation of a youth policy research centre in Dschang, with the development of a Youth Policy Index as the major outcome will be instituted .In consortium with UDs, there is a project in the pipeline dubbed IP (IParticipate), which is going to be a social media forum for youth’s participation in decision making. This would create an enabling environment and network with other experts and think tanks over the globe.
Mr Mbuih has written an article on “Assessing the state of youth policies in the Central African Subregion”, doing a country-to-country analysis of youth policies in the 11 ECCAS countries and is also a member of the steering committee that led to the creation of the African Network of Youth Policy Experts, which is a federation of experts in youth policies. He is already working hand-in-glove with the National Youth Council and MINJEC for replication of the Baku commitments.
Watch the video of the launch at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOSTPTK5AsE