Overview

BACKGROUND

The build up to the formulation and adoption of the African Aspirations known as (Agenda 2063) was the most inclusive global development process. It builds on, and seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development, some of the part and current initiatives it builds on include the Lagos plan of action, the Abuja treaty, the minimum integration programme, the Programme for Infrastructural Development in Africa (PIDA), the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development(CAAD), the New Partnership for Africa Development(NEPAD).

The Heads of State and Governments of the African Union (AU) adopted Agenda 2063 at their 24th Ordinary Assembly held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 30-31 January 2015, the seven 7 African Aspiration also called Agenda 2063 aiming at ending poverty, hunger, Africa unity, etc while under a theme, ‘the Africa we want.’

Achieving Agenda 2063 Aspirations require strong self-determination it can’t see a day lights while we are still in the system of colonialism. African development is possible only on the basis of a radical break with the international capitalist system, which has been the principal agency of underdevelopment of Africa over the last five centuries. In the view of this, partnerships between government and stakeholders pan-African organization/groups including young people to foster dialogue and increase meaningful participation at all levels of decision making process.

According to the US Census Bureau (International Data Base), there were approximately 241 million people aged 15 to 29 living in Africa in 2010, representing approximately 28% of the overall population of the continent. In 2010, 63% of Africa’s overall population was below the age of 25 Africa has the youngest population in the world.

Despite this number, the participation of African youth in socio-political discourse on the continent is limited. The majority of African youth continue to face a myriad of challenges, with the most significant ones being unemployment, underemployment, lack of skills, limited access to quality and relevant education, access to capital, and access to quality health care. Thus, greater proportion of youth do not have the opportunity to fully develop its potential and contribute effectively to the development agenda on the continent.

The 1st edition of the AU Agenda 2063 Youth Summit with a motto (Engaging The Youth to Achieve the Agenda 2063: Actions Now!) will be held in Accra, Ghana on 13th October, 2018. The launching will include stakeholders across Ghana such as youth groups, AU Agencies, national governments, the private sector, media representatives, and raise alarm/awareness of the AU Agenda 2063 youth summit, forging the Africa we want. With the agenda 2063 commitment to “the Africa we want” AU Agenda 2063 youth summit will gather together pan-African organizations/groups, youth organizations, Pan-Africanists, members of the diplomatic corps, and move the policy from drafted to action.

OBJECTIVES

1. To bring stakeholders especially policy makers together, share practical solutions to the challenges we face together as Africans.
2. To create awareness on the provisions of the AU AGENDA 2063 policy document as it seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for sustainable growth and development.
3. To revamp the conscience of the African Youth on the need to rise up to the challenges of the continent and provide education towards building an Africa We Want.
4. To prepare a policy framework which will provide direction to the African Youth in the quest to achieve the provisions of the AU AGENDA 2063 policy document.

 

FUTURE ACHIEVEMENTS

1. Building a strong youth body, a team with a common vision of pulling our individual resources together, agglutinating them into fighting a common course of Redefining the Image of Africa.
2. Share knowledge in fighting challenges that affect us in a Peer Learning discussions.
3. Moving from the era of describing the challenges of the continent to providing pragmatic solutions in an attempt to walk the talk; bridging the yawning gap between policies and actions.

OUR TEAM

An event like the AU 2063 Youth Summit would be impossible without the support, ideas and creativity of our dedicated team of staff and volunteers from different organizations. Below are members of the planning committees:

●EXECUTIVE PLANING COMMITTEE

●PARTNERSHIP FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

●PUBLICITY AND MEDIA COMMITTEE

AU AGENDA 2063 1st EDITION THEME

 Aspiration 6 of the implementation calls for an Africa where development is people-driven, unleashing the potential of it’s women and youth. Youth are owners of the future and should therefore be seen as the most important partners in development. That is what sustainable development is about. We believe that it is only when national governments, civil societies, policy makers, the private sector and the media build mutual relationship with young people that programmes and interventions can reflect the needs and aspirations of young people. We hope that through this summit, we can ignite deeper conversation and inspire practical approaches to move from policy to actions that involve young people to drive the implementation of Agenda 2063.

The theme for the summit is, “Engaging The Youth to Achieve The Agenda 2063: Actions Now.”

SUMMIT THEMATIC FOCUS AND SUB-THEMES

The summit will focus on the following themes in alignment with the Aspiration. Young Africa men and women will be the path breakers of the African knowledge society and will contribute significantly to innovation and entrepreneurship. The creativity, energy and innovation of African Youth will be the driving force behind the continent’s political, social, cultural, and economic transformation, Aligned to aspiration 6 of the AGENDA 2063. African women and Youth shall play an important role as drivers of change. Inter-generational dialogue will ensure that Africa is a continent that adapt to social and cultural change. Aligned to Aspiration 5 of the agenda 2063.

The summit will employ four approaches:

High-Level Plenaries:
High-level plenaries featuring thought provoking speakers from academia, Youth experts, development practitioners, policy makers and civil society organizations on various themes.

Peer Learning Sessions:
Youth organizations and civil society organizations working on Youth issues will be invited to host sessions on the different sub-themes. sessions will also provide platform to exchange ideas, best practices and find synergies among different programs and organizations.

2063 ENGAGING AND EMPOWERING THE YOUTH

AU 2063 Youth Summit is an initiative 2063 has engaged and empowered Youth, a coalition of Youth-led civil society organizations and
Non-Governmental Organizations working to empower African Youth with the tools, network, information, education and needed partnership to drive the implementation of Agenda 2063 in Africa. The engagement initially made up of two (2) organizations from Ghana has grown into a network of individuals and organizations inspired and committed to ensure young people contribute to the Agenda 2063 accountability process in Africa. The secretariat is hosted by Youth for African star (YAS) and Youth in Parliament House (YPH).

The Summit shall be coordinated by a Secretariat made up of representatives of Youth organizations, government, AU family and partnering organizations. The Secretariat shall work hand in hand with the various committees that shall be formed to oversee the preparation and realization of the summit.

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