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  • 1. AFRICAN UNION UNION AFRICAINE UNIÃO AFRICANA Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA P. O. Box 3243 Telephone: +251 11 551 7700 Fax: +251 115182072 E-mail youth@africa-union.org Website: www.au.int www.africa-youth.org AFRICA YOUTH DAY, 1ST NOVEMBER 2013 THEME: YOUTH UNITED IN ACTION FOR AGENDA 2063 Background On the occasion of the African Youth charter adoption in Executive Council decision of Banjul Summit 2006 DOC.EX.CL./292 (IX) the 1st of November was proclaimed and instituted as “The African Youth Day” African Youth Day is a day set aside every year to promote the increased recognition of youth as key agents for social change, economic growth and sustainable development in all facets of African Society. It is an occasion to celebrate the youth on the continent, opportunity to contribute and channel youth motivation, energy and creativity towards the achievement of Youth African agenda.. The celebration is underpinned by the following principles • • • • Gather youth around the AUC vision and shared values; Value, share and celebrate young people contributions and achievements as agents of change at national and local levels and their capacity to engage with other people in development issues; Include more young people in decision-making and planning processes at all levels; Encourage youth to have a stronger role in programme development and implementation that empower their communities. In one way or the other, the African Youth Day has been celebrated since its proclamation. At continental level, in addition to bid celebration when possible, the Chairperson of the AUC addresses the youth every year through an important statement in which congratulations were sent to the African young people as well as invitation to take leadership and accelerate empowerment actions and advocate for positive change in Africa and in the Diaspora. The Pan African Youth Union engages in actions and sensitization based on the continental theme as decided the AUC. At national level, the National youth Council and the Ministries in charge of Youth Affairs organize various activities also based on the theme communicated by the AUC. Despite the efforts put in place every year for the visibility of the Young people on the African Youth Day, there still is AUC to work closer with the Youth of the Continent and in the Diaspora, to increase awareness about existing policy frameworks for youth participation in development, to promote better knowledge and ownership of the African Youth Charter and its implementation in every country and to harness the great potential of young people.
  • 2. THEME: YOUTH UNITED IN ACTION FOR AGENDA 2063 This year ‘2013’ is a celebratory year that was declared as Year of Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance. It marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the OAU. The OAU was re-branded as the AU over a decade ago and seeks to promote “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena”. Agenda 2063 speaks towards the future we want to see in Africa 50 years from now. It promotes the ideology of Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance in the 21st century. In their 50th Anniversary Solemn Declaration, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), while acknowledging past successes and challenges, rededicated themselves to the continent’s accelerated development and technological progress. Agenda 2063 should be seen as a unique opportunity to recreate the African history by putting it into perspective to energize the African population and harness citizens’ creativity through a set of clear goals that citizens participate in setting for unity, peace and development in the 21st century. The youth are a vital component of the Agenda 2063 as it links the past, present and the future in order to create a new generation of Pan Africanists that will harness the lessons learnt and use them as building blocks to consolidate the hope and promises of the founding parents for a true renaissance of Africa. There have been and continue to be calls for the youth of the continent to be empowered and actively involved in all processes from conceptualization to implementation and evaluation. As members of society the youth are expected to significantly contribute to the building of a prosperous and united Africa based on shared values and a common destiny. Celebrating the African Youth day within a common approach The celebration of the African Youth Day, as it was prescribed during the past years, should include a variety of activities, ranging from conferences, roundtables, concerts, TV and radio debates film festivals, debates, picnics, free guided tours art exhibitions, various contests campaign, programmes, etc. As stated in the above announced theme: YOUTH UNITED IN ACTION FOR AGENDA 2063, the member States and all Youth Organizations are invited to base their national and local activities on that theme and stay connected with the global spirit od the “Africa the youth of today wants to deliver to the youth in 2063”. The debates, reflections and resolutions from national and local activities must be oriented towards the expectations of the Agenda 2063. United youth in action requires leadership, commitment and ownership of the African Youth Agenda and its implementation, while taking into account African values of solidarity, dialogue and mutual understanding, peace and development with a common goal of prosperity of the continent. Through the following guidelines, the AUC wishes to encourage all Member States to organize on the 1st of November various local actions that promote an increased understanding of the importance and benefits of youth participation in all aspects of society, as well as those that support youth to devote their energy, enthusiasm and creativity to development. The activities for the African Youth Day celebration should be embedded by;
  • 3. 1. Increase, strengthen partnerships youth participation, commitment, leadership and By mobilizing and engaging the whole society in how to • • • • • Institutionalize mechanisms for youth participation in decision-making processes through youth delegate attending official missions and meetings; Support youth-led organizations and initiatives to enhance their contribution to society; Create platform at national, regional level to transform young people ideas into concrete actions for positive changes; Strengthen networks and partnerships among Governments, youth-led organizations, academic institutions, civil society, private sector, media and the AUC, to enhance commitment and support for holistic youth development. All these were further stressed upon by the youth and children during the intergenerational dialogue held in May 2013, where by the member states were advised to work with National Youth Councils in their respective countries. This is to ensure youth participation in decision making processes and policy making 2. Increase awareness, commitment and investment in youth Reach out key actors in a society; governments, civil society, developments partners, private sector and young people as well to celebrate the African Youth Day in order to: • • • • • • • Increase advocacy and recognition of youth development and encourage the public and private sectors to invest in a sustainable manner in youth empowerment Showcase and celebrate the contribution of the young people at national and community levels, through stronger partnerships Promote understanding of inequalities amongst youth and effectively address the needs of the most disadvantaged youth to preserve the national unity; Foster discussion, information sharing and knowledge building on youth to better input and implement youth policies and programmes; During the Youth Forum held in May 2013 the youth noted the importance of education for sustainable development and this included high quality, accessible and affordable education that has an afro centric goal. There was also a call to ensure deliberate investment in infrastructure so as to encourage economic initiatives, catalyse exchange and create new businesses; With regards to employment and entrepreneurship, it was noted during the youth forum that there is a necessity to address the skills mismatch between the demand and supply in the labour market and it was noted that an education system was needed that equipped young people to become job creators and not job seekers 3. Increase intercultural exchanges and understanding among youth Achieving the vision of a Shared values and integrated and peaceful Africa require the engagement of all segments of the society. It is therefore necessary to connect and build bridges between its peoples, including the youth, by: • • Promoting youth interactions, networking and partnerships across cultures at local, national, regional and continental level; Empowering and supporting youth as agents of political, cultural and social inclusion to increase mechanisms for peace building/keeping where needed;
  • 4. • The youth Forum in May 2013 brought together a group of youth from the continent who after discussion proposed the removal of visa restrictions to facilitate movement and facilitate exchange of skills culture and community interactions so as to create stronger links Methodology We encourage member states to develop activities, which align with achieving the goals of Agenda 2063. Because of the significance of this celebration coinciding with launch of Agenda 2063, it is important that member states organise activities where young people can make inputs and suggestions towards the agenda. A platform, where young people can get to have discussions on key themes is thus encouraged. The sessions of these dialogues shall be planned to discuss: 1. 2. 3. Vision and Objectives: In the spirit of the Agenda 2063, we invite young people to evaluate current successes in socio-economic improvements on the continent, note emerging trends and suggest ways to accelerate growth for the future. It is important to emphasise that these discussions should be centred on discussing specific objectives and achievable goals Milestones: We also encourage discussions on monitoring and evaluation techniques for whatever goals we intend to achieve. As a long term project, it is important to identify points of measurement which will guide our journey towards the goal. This should also raise discussions as to what skill sets we need to develop on the continent to ensure long-term sustainability. The role of young people: The vision of Agenda 2063 has been clear about the importance of inclusive participation. This is even more important as the Commission recognises the need to involve young people in this strategic plan, of which, they shall be future drivers. It is important to discuss and map out, at this stage, what roles young people should play in achieving these goals. Conclusion Member states should promote and encourage participation and discussions on how the continent should effectively learn from the lessons of the past, build on the progress now underway and strategically exploit all possible opportunities available in the future, from the short term to the medium term aiming for the long-term. They should particularly involve the youth through all the processes in achieving the vision and priorities of agenda 2063. By celebrating Africa Youth Day under the theme “Youth United In Action for Agenda 2063, Member states will be taking a stand and endorsing the significant engagement of the youth in such a prolific platform.