President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and a delegation from the West African Youth Network have held discussions on efforts to harness the potentials of young people to engage into positive actions and social change, among others.
The delegation led by National Program Manager Arthur R.M. Becker, included Abraham J. Passewe, Program Officer and Sylvia N. Kai, Program Assistant. According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader received the Network delegation at her office in Monrovia on August 3 and acknowledged their contribution and efforts in promoting peace and reconciliation in the sub-region, especially during this critical moment in the country’s history. The Liberian leader commended National Program Manager Becker and his team for their active role being played in the sub-region and for coming together to promote peace and reconciliation. She added that: “We are counting on you in the region to continually promote peace and reconciliation.” Speaking further, she encouraged the National Program Manager to begin discussing activities of the organization with the Ministry of Youth and Sports in an effort to coordinate and ensure productivity and effectiveness. Earlier, Becker commended President Sirleaf for the opportunity accorded him and his team to interact with her. He told the President that recently his institution was invited to participate in the Africa-EU Civil Society Forum in Tunis, Tunisia where over 100 civil society actors gathered to look at critical interventions in the areas of Peace Building, Conflict Prevention, Human Development, Decent Work, and the Sustainable Future of the Planet by extension Climate Change. The forum, according to him, will enhance a unique platform for the exchange of ideas on some thematic areas that affect the continent as well as find joint solutions to those challenges. He later informed President Sirleaf that the Africa-EU Civil Society Forum adopted a Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES), to be presented to Heads of State and Government at the next Africa-EU Summit in Cote d’Ivoire in November 2017, as well as at the pending 4th Africa-EU Youth Summit scheduled to take place in Cote d’Ivoire this October. The West African Youth Network (WAYN) is a youth empowerment think-tank established in March 2001 to build the capacity of young people to respond effectively to the growing challenges affecting their communities, country, and region as well as increasing youth visibility to promote Peace, Conflict Prevention, Human Rights and Justice, Governance and Democracy, Youth Leadership, Environmental Protection and Sustainability, Gender Mainstreaming, as well as the creation of open societies that promote social change and sustainable development. The meeting was attended by the Director General of the Cabinet, Jordon Solunteh, among others.