17 January 2013

Angola: CNJ Influences Structure of Strategic Plan for CPLP Youth

Luanda — The acting chairman of the Youth Forum of the Portuguese Speaking Countries Community (FJ-CPLP), Claúdio Aguiar, stressed Wednesday in Lisbon, Portugal, that as a leader of this lusophone platform, the Angolan National Youth Council (CNJ), influenced the structure of the Strategic Plan for CPLP Youth.

Speaking at the end of the conference dubbed "CPLP Youths", Cláudio Aguiar said that the Strategic Plan for the CPLP Youth has as main axes the youth, promotion of Portuguese language and Lusophone culture, economic development and social, political and institutional strengthening, among others.

Making a sort of assessment of his two-year term, Cláudio Aguiar also highlighted the "strengthening of the South-South relations, aiming for partnership with the Ibero-American Youth and School of Young Leaders of CPLP" as well as "coordination in the United Nations, the African University of Youth and Development (Cape Verde) and the University of Youth and Development in Spain. "

He also stressed as tasks implemented during his term, which will be taken over by Guinea-Bissau on Thursday, the "inclusion of new members, the relationship between CNJ and Sao Tome and Principe and the accession of Brazil and East Timor as members with full rights.

The inter-regional cooperation, with a strong strategy to support the process of Euro-Africa Regional Cooperation Platform on youth, support to the Pan-African Youth Union; cooperation between SADC youth organizations, were also actions implemented during the presidency of Angola's FJ-CPLP.

As recommendations, Cláudio Aguiar claimed to be "fundamental to maintain the dialogue between the youth organizations of CPLP, the promotion of youth exchanges and mobility", "deep reflection on the aspirations of CPLP youths".

To the leader of the CNJ, "it is crucial to promote democratic participation of young people, thus contributing to the promotion and development of youths associations in the lusophone space."

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