Elvis ADJAHOUNGBA World Youth Forum December 2019

Elvis Adjahoungba

Elvis ADJAHOUNGBA is a young Beninese jurist who advocates for the inclusion and active participation of youth in Sustainable Development and in Africa’s integration. He is the Country Ambassador of Youth Opportunities in Benin and the Youth Representative of the African Center for Solidarity and mutual Aid between the Communities (CASEC|ACSAC).

With various organizations like UNICEF, World Organization Against Torture, African Union, International Labour Organization, ACSAC he worked on several themes, including children right, forced marriage, juvenile justice, youth employment, governance and sustainable development. His actions impacted tens of thousands young people and children in West Africa. He established the « Youth and Sustainable Development Forum » which brought together 250 young people from 12 countries in Africa and the World in September 2019.

He is actually member of Youth Working Group of CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation and member of the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth. In December 2019, he participated to the World Youth Forum and has been selected for the prestigious African Presidential Leadership Program under the auspice of the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

He holds a Master’s degree in International Law and International Organization from the Doctoral School of Legal, Administrative and Political Sciences (UAC Benin), a Master’s degree in Legal Science from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences (FADESP Benin) and a Bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from the National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM Benin).

Elvis ADJAHOUNGBA Youth and Sustainable Development Forum September 2019

organizer and campaigner

Elvis has organized several campaigns and events including the CASEC | ACSAC Youth and Sustainable Development Forum, the CIVICUS SPEAK! campaign and the UNICEF Zero Tolerance to Child Marriage Campaign

keynote
speaker

Passionate about youth, employment and children’s rights, Elvis has contributed to several high-level activities including the Global Youth Employment Forum of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the regional workshop on Juvenile Justice of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT)

Elvis Adjahoungba AGA Regional Youth Consultation

consultant
and advisor

Specialist in International Law and Business Law with a leadership certification from the National Training Academy (Egypt), Elvis participates in several national and international consultations such as the African Union (AGA) Regional Youth Consultation and the World Youth Forum

Vision

I am passionate about Education and Youth Employment. I think that Education is essential to enable children and young people to become active citizens and to offer them opportunities. I believe that sustainable investment in education and the promotion of lifelong learning is the best safeguard against poverty and promotes the acquisition of the skills necessary to be an active and independent citizen. However, being an active and independent citizen also requires access to decent work. Sadly, according to the International Labor Organization, more than 204 million people were unemployed in 2015. In Benin, youth employment suffers from enormous shortcomings because 30.4% of young people are underemployed visibly through the number of working hours and 63.2% unseen through precarious pay and indecent. Also, only 7.9% of young people benefit from paid employment in Benin and this percentage highlight the difficulties of absorbing the labor supply of young people by the labor market and the need for young people to take in charge.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals promote sustained economic growth, higher levels of productivity and technological innovation by 2030 and I want to contribute to their achievement for my community, my country and my region.