Kofi Annan once said that we are never too young
The African Youth We Want
Many of us are familiar with the SDGs and the Agenda 2030, but what about our own development Agenda? have you ever wonder that Africa is so much diverse and active that it needs it own Agenda?
The 2063 Academy has been built for this precise reason, to promote and make youth a catalyst changers for the Agenda 2063 so to own it and take local-based action to achieve it.
It's an opportunity to meet up with decision-makers and like-minded youth who are eager to learn1
Listen and learn from our speakers and discuss among the participants to inspire each other.3
Meet, exchange and discuss with your African family and build a strong friendship relationship2
Action is a necessary step for change, hence, the 2063 Academy is a place where we learn, grow, and take action while having fun.4
United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa
United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Cristina Duarte of the Republic of Cabo Verde as Special Adviser on Africa.
Served as Minister of Finance, Planning and Public Administration in the Republic of Cabo Verde from 2006 to 2016, Ms. Duarte brings to the position more than 34 years of leadership and strategic management experience in public policy making and in the private sector, coupled with a deep understanding of international and regional cooperation and the challenges facing African countries. She is a Member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration and High-Level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs, President Paul Kagame’s Advisory Committee on African Union Reforms, the Board of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Board of the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development at the UONGOZI Institute.
African Union Youth Envoy
Ms. Aya Chebbi, an award-winning Pan-African feminist. She is the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet. She rose to prominence as a voice for democracy and shot to global fame as a political blogger during 2010/2011 Tunisia’s Revolution. She recently received 2019 Gates Foundation Campaign Award and was named in Forbes’ 50 Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women.
She was recognized in 2018 Apolitical World’s 100 Most Influential Young People in Government and 2016 among 100 Most Influential Young Africans in the World. She received multiple awards including 2018 Young Talent of the year by UNLEASH Festival, 2017 Pan-African Humanitarian Award by Pahawards and 2016 Inspirational Woman of the Year by Women4Africa Awards.
UN Youth Envoy
Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake was appointed as the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth in June 2017 at the age of 26. In this role, Jayathma works to expand the UN’s youth engagement and advocacy efforts across all four pillars of work – sustainable development, human rights, peace and security and humanitarian action – and serves as a representative of and advisor to the Secretary-General.
Originally from Sri Lanka, Ms. Wickramanayake has worked extensively on youth development and participation, and has played a key role in transforming the youth development sector in her home country.
Prior to taking up her post, Ms. Wickramanayake was instrumental in creating the movement for civic and political engagement of young people, especially young women in Sri Lanka named “Hashtag Generation”. Previously, she advocated for global youth development on an international level including as the first ever Sri Lankan Youth Delegate to the United Nations and as the youth lead negotiator and member of the International Youth Task Force of the World Conference on Youth 2014 where she played a critical role in mainstreaming youth in the Post-2015 Process and in the establishment of World Youth Skills Day
Regional Director UN Women, West and Central Africa
Ms Oulimata SARR currently serves as UN Women’s
Regional Director for West and Central Africa, covering
24 countries. Ms. Sarr with her team support
Governments in adopting international standards to
achieve gender equality and women empowerment in
partnership with civil society organizations and partners.
UN Women works to make the ambition of the
Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and
girls by implementing programs on several thematic
areas such as women economic empowerment, women
peace and security, ending violence against women,
leadership and political participation, data and gender
Before joining UN Women, Ms Oulimata spent 10 years
with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a
member institution of the Group of the World Bank and
the largest development institution in the world that
focuses exclusively on the private sector. She served in
various positions ranging from Finance to Donor
relations and partnerships and focused several years on
conflict affected states in Africa.
Ms Sarr is a graduate of HEC Montreal (Canada) and
holds a MBA from the University of Bedfordshire (UK)
Presidential Advisor: Youth Matters & Entreprise Development. Office of the President, Namibia
Daisry Mathias was appointed Advisor to the President of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency Dr. Hage G. Geingob, in June 2015. In this role, Daisry advises the Head of State on policy and programme priorities to harness a Demographic Dividend and create an enabling environment for sustainable entrepreneurship in Namibia, under the overarching goals of poverty eradication, economic inclusion and shared prosperity.
In her preceding role as an under 30 Chief Executive Officer of Team Namibia;
Daisry led a business support organisation, promoting local industry by advocating the preferential consumption of Namibian goods and services. Daisry is Commissioner of the National Planning Commission since April 2017 and in July 2019 was selected to become an Obama Leader, joining 200 young Africans in a Leadership Development Programme by former U.S. President Barack Obama.
Daisry’s professional experience ranges from public policy formulation, national development planning, programme monitoring and multi-stakeholder coordination. Daisry is dedicated to contributing to Namibia’s broad-based empowerment, deepening of democracy and accelerated socio-economic transformation. She is positive about Africa’s future and passionate about capacitating the individual to maximize potential and has been quoted saying “a winning nation is made up of individuals who are champions in their own right. Ultimately, it is about the individual”.
Former UN USG and Special Adviser on Africa and Social Justice Activist.
Ms.Bience Gawanas was appointed by the UNSG in 208 as Special Adviser on Africa. She has served as Special Adviser to Namibia’s Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare. Prior to this, she was Special Adviser to the Minister of Health and Social Services. A champion of women’s health and rights in Africa, she has been commended for her role in initiating far‑reaching campaigns, such as the continental Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA).
Bience Gawanas was elected for two terms as Commissioner for Social Affairs by the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government in 2003 and 2008, during which time she was responsible for advocacy, as well as the harmonization and coordination of regional and continental policies and programmes promoting social development. Her portfolio included health, HIV/AIDS and nutrition, migration and population, arts and culture, the welfare of vulnerable groups, labour and migration, and sports. From 1996 to 2003, she was Ombudswoman of Namibia, having previously worked as a lecturer on gender law at the University of Namibia, from 1995 to 1997, and as a lawyer at the Legal Assistance Centre, a human rights non‑governmental organization, from 1990 to 1991.
COP26 Regional Ambassador for Africa
Sir Nicholas Kay KCMG took up his appointment as COP26 Regional Ambassador for Africa in October 2020. Find out more about COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Conference.
He has previously served as the NATO Senior Civilian Representative to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the UK’s Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa.
Learn more about him here
Program Officer for Tanzania and Gender Focal Point at the East and Southern Africa Division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Before returning to Bern in her current role, she spent several years in Benin as Regional Education / Training Advisor for West Africa of the SDC
UN Secretary General youth adviser on climate change
Nisreen Elsaim is an environmental and climate activist, started activism in 2012, with a Bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Khartoum, Sudan. She pursued her master's degree in renewable energy from the same University.
General coordinator for Youth and Environment - Sudan (YES) platform to give all environment working youth the networking they need.
Also, Ms. Elsaim is the Chair of Sudan Youth Organization on Climate Change (SYOCC) which youth-led organization.
As part of many regional and international platforms Nisreen Led and mentored a large number of young people within YOUNGO, PACJA, Abu Dhabi youth Voices, and others Nisreen is also a junior negotiator with the African Group of Negotiators in technology transfer. focusing on the policies of countries regarding climate change and renewable energies.
Wrote several policy papers on climate change, renewable energy, gender, and youth empowerment.
Resident Representative , IPPF Liaison Office to the African Union & UNECA
Mr Sam Ntelamo serves as Resident Representative of the IPPF(AR) Sub-Office to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Sam joined IPPF in July 2013.
A native Namibian, he has served as Executive Director for the Namibia Planned Parenthood Association (NAPPA), a member association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region (IPPFAR). He has more than 15 years’ work experience in the management of public health programmes at national and international levels, with a particular interest in sexual and reproductive health and rights programmes. Sam holds an MA degree in Population Studies as well as Public Policy and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in development studies.
Director of the United Nations Information Center, Rabat Morocco
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Fethi Debbabi of Tunisia as Director of the United Nations Information Center in Rabat, which covers Morocco. Mr. Debbabi took office on June 17, 2019.
From 2007 to 2016, Mr. Debbabi served as Deputy Director and Acting Director, respectively, of the United Nations Information Center in Cairo. He was the Acting Director from 2008 to 2010, then again from 2013 to 2014.
Before starting his career at the United Nations, Mr. Debbabi worked in Tunisia, where he was, from 1999 to 2007, the Communications and External Relations Coordinator of the Observatory of the Sahara and the Sahel, an intergovernmental organization. From 1992 to 1999, he also held the post of Chargé de Mission to the Minister of the Environment and Director of Environmental Awareness and Education. Previously, Mr. Debbabi worked in journalism and was Editor-in-Chief at Radio Monastir from 1990 to 1992.
THE 2063 ACADEMY
A project aiming to create a common ground between youth and decision-makers to debate the strategies implemented by our government in order to achieve the SDGs and promote the Agenda 2063
We are honored to have such a diverse, inspiring, and intellectual speakers for the 2nd edition of the 2063 Academy.
Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, and gain experience abroad. Erasmus+ has opportunities for people of all ages, helping them develop and share knowledge and experience at institutions and organisations in different countries.
The Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme supports higher education cooperation between countries in Africa. The scheme aims to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.
The program's objective is to improve the skills and competencies of students and staff through enhanced mobility between African countries. Strengthening cooperation between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Africa will increase access to quality education and will encourage and enable African students to undertake postgraduate studies in the African continent.
#IamRemarkable is a Google initiative empowering everyone and especially underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. During the 90 minute workshop, you will learn the importance of self-promotion in your personal and professional life and be equipped with tools to develop this skill. Participants will be invited to challenge the social perception around self-promotion.
Europe is living in a temporary depression that seems to come to an end in the following months.
On the other hand, Africa has managed its own COVID-19 crisis with less damages than Europe and the Americas, but once the pandemic is over and those continents make a re-start, where's Africa's starting point with respect to its European partners?
It's still a migration-problem-only view for Europeans or will Africa be able to seek further partnerships?
Will Africa's voice be heard in the recovery budgets of the European Union?
Borders will re-open, but will Africa and Europe rely again on walls, razor-wire fences, and such?
This workshop aims to define Emotional Intelligence and explain the reasons why it is an essential skill.
Do you want to develop awareness about your emotions and concrete ways to know, understand & control them? Do you want to develop a good team (personally and professionally) by managing the emotional climate, leading to better outcomes? Do you want to manage conflicts and want to be defined as an emotionally intelligent leader?
Join us and learn how to control disruptive emotions, how to think before you act, understand your and other people’s emotions, and overall better manage your relationships and networks.
During this 2 hour session, participants will receive training on tips and tools they can use to stay safe on Facebook and Instagram. The training will cover:
The participants will also have an opportunity to engage with the Facebook team in a QnA session
Ms. Sylvia Musalagani
Creativity is an important skill to have when solving problems and leading projects. The Cre-Activity workshop is an opportunity for participants to improve their creativity skills and explore their imaginations through creative writing and improvisation exercises.
The African region or the mother continent, known for its abundant natural resources and favorable conditions, creates a multitude of opportunities for all.
The session aims to introduce the different challenges Africa is facing but also how to switch these challenges into opportunities for youth
This session aims to have an open dialogue with our AU Youth Envoy regarding her vision and action plan, as well as creating a dialogue between the AU Youth Envoy, Minister of Youth of Tchad and the participants.
The University is engaged in economic and human development and puts research and innovation at the forefront of African development.
A mechanism that enables it to consolidate Morocco’s frontline position in these fields, in a unique partnership-based approach and boosting skills training relevant for the future of Africa.
A scholarship scheme allows (mainly via the OCP Foundation) to support academically outstanding students who do not have the necessary personal resources by partially or totally covering living expenses (accommodation/meals) and by the partial or total exemption of tuition fees.