Jean Paul

Jean Paul Brice Affana,
Coordinator, Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN)
P.O Box: 20387, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Educational background

Bachelor degree in Sociology for Population and Development and Professional diploma in Youth and Action (youth development and empowerment)

Experiences in Youth related work

Jean Paul Brice Affana is a young citizen from Cameroon who is aware about the contribution young people can bring in development goals in their countries. He was trained as a Youth and Action Instructor by the Ministry of Youth Affairs of Cameroon and has experience in social development and youth development. His fields of interest include climate change, sustainable development, intercultural dialogue, peace-building, youth empowerment, and human rights. In 2008, Jean Paul co-founded Vital Actions for Sustainable Development (AVD), a youth-led organization which aims to educate young people to become active eco-citizens in their communities. Two years later, as a recognition of his work, Jean Paul was elected Focal Point of youth organizations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by his worldwide peers with mandate to facilitate the effective participation of young people at the UNFCCC processes.
Jean Paul is the Coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network and support the Youth Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat in engaging young people in climate change and sustainable development projects and policies. He also serves as Head of Youth Programs of the International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (IAAI) an Austrian based not-for profit civil society organization. In addition Jean Paul is actively involved with the Major Group for Children and Youth at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, the Global Youth Biodiversity Network at the United Nations Commission on Biological Diversity, and the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change, and the Commission on Education and Communication of the International Union for the Conservation of the Nature (CEC UICN). Jean Paul has played an essential role for civil society involvement at the UNFCCC process and under his mandate global youth received an official constituency status at the UNFCCC. He also worked with the Major Group for Children and Youth to strongly advocate for active youth participation to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (known as Rio+20) where the ‘’The Future We Want’’ was adopted last year. Jean Paul has been working with several other UN programs and agencies, like UNICEF and the UNFPA. He has a good insight of how young people’s related issues can be integrated and considered at the level of intergovernmental processes. His involvement with global youth, civil society, the Commonwealth, and the United Nations gives him a strong experience on youth development and empowerment.
Special Achievements

Future ambitions

Achieve a global youth development and empowerment framework that places young people at the centre of sustainable development. Build an international career on youth development and empowerment. Join and support projects and strategies that enable a development through a youth lens.