Sierra Leone: Africa Youth Diplomacy Forum Ends Successfully

Ambassador Mohamed Barrie, Sierra Leone Chairman Peace and Security Council, Africa Youth Assembly 2019

The Africa Youth Assembly hosted in Freetown Sierra Leone to discuss on Africa Union Agenda 2063 and pave the way for diplomatic relations, negotiations, and consultations and achieve Education for Sustainable Development in Africa has ended successfully.

The Africa Youth Diplomacy Forum brought together young diplomats across Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia, Liberia and Uganda) to discuss on numerous challenges causing the underdevelopment of African Countries and proffer solutions in line with AU Agenda 2063.

Admittedly, I must say this is one of my best International Conference I have ever attended, a conference that practically display the facade of International Negotiations, Mutual Agreements, Collaborative Efforts and understanding of each other, strengths and weaknesses in the circus of diplomacy.

At the Opening Plenary of the Conference it was challenging because of miscommunication. Many people (public) thought the conference will not hold including the national and International delegates, we felt discouraged, depressed and disappointed but we realized that we are the leaders of today and as diplomat we should always look for a way forward to achieve our set goals.

National and international delegates including the organizers went to the drawing board and developed Plan B to ensure that we meet our target, after a marathon of consultation, agreement and disagreement we were able to come out with possible solutions in achieving the first ever Africa Youth Diplomacy Conference in Freetown Sierra Leone and they were proud to say that the Plan B worked more proactively than what was expected.

He added that he thanks the Deputy Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs Hon. Mohamed Haji Kella for honouring their invitation to serve as the Key Note Speaker at the Opening Plenary of the Conference.  He went on to state that he extends profound thanks and gratitude to their dynamic and development-oriented panellist Themoty Sam of Plan International, Miss Hadiatou Dillo of One Family People, Mr. David Moniea of Forum for Empowerment of Young People and Mrs. Fatu Taqi of 50/50.






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