4th Africa and Europe Youth Summit recently ended in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The summit brought together African and European Heads of State in Abidjan for the 5th AU-EU Summit to discuss the priorities for the partnership between the two continents for the years to come.
The overarching theme was “Investing in Youth” and ensuring an active and meaningful inclusion of young people in the run-up and at the Summit is a given.
African and European youth today have many challenges in common such as limited access to resources, education, and employment, along with social discrimination, lack of participation in decision-making and conflict resolution.
The 4th Africa-Europe Youth Summit and the EU-AU Youth Plug-In Initiative would strengthen direct participation in the political process affecting the livelihoods and future prospects of youth on both continents.
The 4th Africa-Europe Youth Summit gathered 115 youth leaders from both continents, including African Diaspora and agreed on a declaration with recommendations and messages on 6 themes including education, peace and security and climate as well as environment, business, job creation, political inclusion and culture.
There was also a follow-up group of 36 youth selected for the EU-AU Youth Plug-In initiative.
The group embedded in the AU and the EU as two Euro-African groups in both Addis and Brussels, to develop further ideas and proposal relating to the 6 themes for solutions, actions and initiatives.
The work of the Youth Summit and the Plug-In Initiative would be presented to the Heads of State at the 5th AU-EU Summit.