“Have you seen all the recommendations to be voted on? We will certainly spend the entire evening here!” Such words of frustration often come from not having enough time for chilling out with other young (at heart) delegates due to too much work to be done at a regional council (RC). Fortunately, only in an alternate universe. 😉 This year’s RC was a well-balanced mixture of procedural items, smaller workshops, and reports as well as coffee breaks and social events.
This year’s RC took place on 23rd-24th June 2017 in the beautiful city of Copenhagen, Denmark. The Regional Council was this year combined with the Regional Management Meeting. The main theme of the meeting was SRHR needs of migrants and refugees in our region, which was reflected upon in parallel group discussions as well as during a special coffee break when a movie of an LGBT refugee of Sudanese origin currently living in Norway was screened. In current geopolitical situation this is a very hot topic and all member association should give it a thought.
Every three years a new board of IPPF EN is elected, so – in addition to other procedural items and a panel discussion on SRHR advocacy in a difficult context – a new Regional Executive Board (REC) is elected. This years’ new REC is a combination of old and new REC members with the new President of IPPF EN being Gabriel Bianchi from Slovakia. The two Youth Representative nominees put forward by the YSAFE network – Alice Ackerman from France and Maria Jakobsen from Denmark – were approved of by RC delegates. On top of that, the YSAFE Steering Committee submitted a recommendation on stronger communication between the Youth Representatives and young people from our network represented by the YSAFE Steering Committee, and this recommendation passed. Being the only recommendation or resolution proposed at the RC, the role of youth in governance was only emphasized. On top of that, Dilnoza Shukurova from Tajikistan – a former Youth Representative – was elected to be on the Audit Committee of IPPF Global, which will probably make her the youngest member of that committee.
Congratulations, youth! Let us be thrilled about what the coming years will bring.