The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Guinea-Bissau today participated in the opening session of the National Youth Parliament in Bissau. The initiative was organised by NGO Plan International and was held in the National Popular Assembly building in Bissau.
Amongst those in attendance were a cross-section of Bissau-Guinean parliamentarians, religious leaders and civil society organisations. The initiative has been praised by the international community as a means through which young people in Guinea-Bissau can achieve mutual understanding in the midst of the country's political difficulties.
Founded over 75 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world. It works in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. In 2011, Plan reached 56,500,000 children in 58,053 communities. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.