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Young Med Voices ambassadors work in Côte d’Ivoire with African and European youth leaders to put forward recommendations for the 5th AU-EU Heads of State Summit in November

Thu, 12/10/2017 - 15:56 -- Regina Salanova

The Abidjan Declaration calls upon AU and EU Member States to secure the necessary resources to implement UN Resolution on Youth, Peace and Security

Abidjan, 11 October 2017 - The 4th Africa-Europe Youth Summit highlighted the key role played by young people on both continents as key actors within the Africa-EU Partnership. At the summit, held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on 9-11 October2017, Young Mediterranean Voices ambassadors worked with 120 African, European and Diaspora youth organisations to discuss common challenges faced by youth in both continents and put forward recommendations to be presented to Heads of State at the 5th AU-EU Summit, on 29-30 November.

In particular, the delegates called on leaders to build on their commitment to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ensuring attention to the needs of future generations. The delegates also urged leaders to implement a cross-sectoral and participatory approach to youth policy, ensuring structures for effective coordination and mainstreaming of youth in all policies, and the support to existing mechanisms that guarantee extended and improved youth participation in policy-making processes.

The young delegates also called upon AU and EU Member States to urgently implement UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security "securing the necessary financial and other resources, and developing long-term national action plans, with the involvement of young people and youth organisations in their design, implementation and evaluation".

The Youth Summit made a number of recommendations for action in six thematic areas: Education and skills; Peace and security; Governance and inclusion; Environment and climate; Business and job creation; and Culture and arts.

The recommendations will now be elaborated into more concrete action-orientated papers for the Africa-EU Heads of State Summit at the end of November. Two Young Med Voices Plus ambassadors from Egypt and Romania have been selected to take part in the Plug-In Initiative to write concrete solutions to the recommendations outlined in the declaration.

The Abidjan Declaration: full text.