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The African Union Youth Envoy, Aya Chebbi, was appointed by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission in 2018, with a mandate to serve as a representative of and advocate for the voices and interests of African youth to relevant AU decision-making bodies.

The Youth Envoy is responsible for leading a Pan-African collaborative movement with committed young leaders and the AU Youth Advisory Council in supporting the AU Youth Envoy’s mandate and spearheading regional initiatives and actions. During the two-year term mission, it engages partners and youth in Africa and the Diaspora to seize the opportunity presented by the creation of the Youth Envoy's office to draw African youth together behind positive social change, dialogue and concrete action.

Aya Chebbi is an award-winning Pan-African feminist and the youngest diplomat in the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet.


ONE Campaign is a global campaigning and advocacy organisation with the support of more than 9 million people that is taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. The organisation says the name ONE was inspired by the belief that one voice, formed by many, can change the world for the better.

Campaigns it has organised include the #Girlscount - Poverty is Sexist campaign. In 2017, there were over 130 million girls out of school worldwide, 51 million of them are in Africa. In this campaign, ONE pushed for educating, empowering and ultimately employing these girls, which will be crucial to Africa’s ability to harness its demographic dividend.

ONE has helped secure at least $37.5 billion in funding for historic health initiatives, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and GAVI - the Vaccine Alliance from major donors and foundations since 2004. In Africa, ONE advocates for individual countries to increase their health budgets to at least 15%, in line with the Abuja Declaration  in 2001. Such increases will not only improve health care provision for the poorest people on the continent but bring Africa a step closer to attaining its Millennium Development Goals.  ONE advocates for strategic policies and transparent public investments to better support smallholder farmers, especially women, lifting millions of Africans out of poverty. Through the Do Agric campaign, ONE also aims to encourage youth involvement in agriculture and agribusiness. The goal of ONE’s agricultural campaigns' work is to ensure that policy makers adhere to the Malabo commitment to invest at least 10% of national budgets in agriculture and increase access and equity in the agriculture sector.

ONE was established in Washington DC in 2004 and, by 2010 had launched in Johannesburg, South Africa. ONE has offices in Abuja and Johannesburg and representatives at the African Union; in Kenya; and in Senegal.

 

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