FAI Gains UN ECOSOC Status
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), at its Substantive Session of July 2009, adopted the recommendation of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), to grant Special consultative status to our organization “Friends of Africa International, Inc.”. FAI looks forward to a positive and fruitful partnership as we support the work of ECOSOC.
PAYLF III to be held in Abuja, Nigeria – July 2010
FAI is currently in the planning stages to host the third Pan African Youth Leadership Forum. The week long event will take place in July 2010 and Nigeria has been selected as the host country. This year's theme is African Renewal Corps: Answering the Call for an African Renewal to Safeguard the Future. The 2010 PAYLF will build upon the previous Forums which took place in Accra, Ghana in 2007 and Cairo, Egypt in 2008. This year, we look forward to informative presentations from a diverse group of resource persons, and lively debate on topics such as Best Practices in Monitoring Elections, the Link Between Human Rights and Peace & Security, Strengthening Local and Regional Economic Institutions, and Climate Change as it Pertains to Africa. Be on the lookout for the application which will be sent out at the end of February.
For more information, visit our Youth and Development page.
2010 Africa Day / Africa Vision Awards
Friends of Africa International in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Nations, will host the 2010 annual Africa Day / Africa Vision Awards. For the past two years, FAI has honored individuals who have demonstrated leadership at various levels and who have continued to work tirelessly to ensure that Africa utilizes her full potential in the global stage. Additionally, 2010 will mark the 50th anniversary of independence for 17 African countries. Africa Day has been observed throughout the world since 1963 as a way to express solidarity and freedom, and to highlight the dynamic cultural and social makeup of the various countries that compose the African continent. It is a day to reflect on the progress that has been made and to plan for the future; to constructively examine issues such as globalization, social justice, and education; and to strengthen partnerships throughout civil society.