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AFRICAN UNION                                          UNION AFRICAINE


                                                               UNIÃO AFRICANA

Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA P. O. Box 3243 Telephone: 00 251 11 551 7700   Fax: 00 251 11 551 7844
                              web site : www. africa-union.org




                            NOVEMBER 1ST, 2012

                 AFRICAN YOUTH DAY

                                        THEME:



     " AFRICA MUST DELIVER AS ONE TO EMPOWER YOUTH FOR SUSTAINABLE
                              DEVELOPMENT,"




                                    STATEMENT BY



                        H.E Dr. NKOSAZANA C. DLAMINI ZUMA

                 CHAIPERSON OF THE AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION
Today, 1st November 2012, we are celebrating the 7 th African Youth Day, since the
adoption of the Decision by the AU Heads of State in Banjul in 2006. The theme for this
year is; “Africa Must Deliver as ONE to Empower African Youth For Sustainable
Development." This theme has been chosen to encourage youth to be involved in the
decision-making processes at national, regional and continental levels for their own
development, as well as the achievement of Africa’s agenda for sustainable
development. It is also dedicated to highlight the current progress and efforts made to
ensure that Africa can speak with one voice on issues of youth development.
It is worth noting that major decisions that have a bearing on Youth Development were
recently made by the Assembly of African Heads of State and Government. These
include:
         o the operationalization of African Union Youth Volunteers Corps (AU-YVC)
           and its scaling up;
         o the establishment of the Pan African University (PAU)
         o the promotion of youth employment within the reduction by 2% of the youth
           unemployment rate
         o the revitalization of the Pan African Youth Union (PYU)

Other major achievements include the following;
    The acceleration of the Decade Plan of Action on Youth development with the
     involvement of the Regional Economic Communities and he visible role of the
     Member States,
    The quick entry into force of the African Youth Charter and other relevant
     instruments on the Continent
    A Rio+20 Conference Development Conference that assisted in positioning the
     Commission as the framework in consolidating the world-level interactions on-
     behalf of African Youth around the Green Economy negotiations with a Youth
     perspective on the common African Union Position.
    Many more actions following the memorable July 2011 Summit on accelerating
     youth empowerment for sustainable development in Africa in Malabo, Equatorial
     Guinea.
The African Union believes young people should be an integral part of social and
economic development. Today, Africa is the youngest continent in the world and is
projected to begin experiencing a demographic window for the next decades should we
make the right investments in our youth. This population dynamic must appear as the
strength for the continent that must work as a collective to deliver on youth development
and empowerment.
To deliver as one on youth development and empowerment, Member States, that yet
need to do so, must expedite their efforts to sign, ratify, domesticate and implement the
African Youth Charter and national youth development plans must be aligned with the
youth decade (DPoA) together with ensuring data and information on young people is
available to inform sustainable actions and progress reports. The commission commits
to continue providing the requisite technical assistance to this end to member states and
the concerned stakeholders.
The African Union Commission wishes to associate itself to the celebration of the African
Youth Day 2012 to congratulate the African youth for their respective efforts in the
capacity building process, and to all its partners and stakeholders working closely with
us to build robust institutions to empower our greatest resources that are the youth, I
express my deep gratitude.
Finally, on the auspice of the celebration of the African Youth Day 2012, I call upon all
stakeholders including Member States, the Pan-African Youth Union, Regional
Economic Communities, Private Sector, NGO's, UN agencies, bilateral and multi-lateral
and development partners to synergize efforts in delivering as ONE on Youth
development and empowerment in Africa.
The African Union Commission commits itself to work together with its key partners to
deliver as ONE on Youth development and empowerment and ensure that Africa's
young people are playing their role in the decision-making process by working side by
side with their leaders in the Member States, the Regional Economic Communities and
at continental level.




Long live Africa!

God bless the African youth!

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English chairperson statement ayd 2012

  • 1. AFRICAN UNION UNION AFRICAINE UNIÃO AFRICANA Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA P. O. Box 3243 Telephone: 00 251 11 551 7700 Fax: 00 251 11 551 7844 web site : www. africa-union.org NOVEMBER 1ST, 2012 AFRICAN YOUTH DAY THEME: " AFRICA MUST DELIVER AS ONE TO EMPOWER YOUTH FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT," STATEMENT BY H.E Dr. NKOSAZANA C. DLAMINI ZUMA CHAIPERSON OF THE AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION
  • 2. Today, 1st November 2012, we are celebrating the 7 th African Youth Day, since the adoption of the Decision by the AU Heads of State in Banjul in 2006. The theme for this year is; “Africa Must Deliver as ONE to Empower African Youth For Sustainable Development." This theme has been chosen to encourage youth to be involved in the decision-making processes at national, regional and continental levels for their own development, as well as the achievement of Africa’s agenda for sustainable development. It is also dedicated to highlight the current progress and efforts made to ensure that Africa can speak with one voice on issues of youth development. It is worth noting that major decisions that have a bearing on Youth Development were recently made by the Assembly of African Heads of State and Government. These include: o the operationalization of African Union Youth Volunteers Corps (AU-YVC) and its scaling up; o the establishment of the Pan African University (PAU) o the promotion of youth employment within the reduction by 2% of the youth unemployment rate o the revitalization of the Pan African Youth Union (PYU) Other major achievements include the following;  The acceleration of the Decade Plan of Action on Youth development with the involvement of the Regional Economic Communities and he visible role of the Member States,  The quick entry into force of the African Youth Charter and other relevant instruments on the Continent  A Rio+20 Conference Development Conference that assisted in positioning the Commission as the framework in consolidating the world-level interactions on- behalf of African Youth around the Green Economy negotiations with a Youth perspective on the common African Union Position.  Many more actions following the memorable July 2011 Summit on accelerating youth empowerment for sustainable development in Africa in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. The African Union believes young people should be an integral part of social and economic development. Today, Africa is the youngest continent in the world and is projected to begin experiencing a demographic window for the next decades should we make the right investments in our youth. This population dynamic must appear as the
  • 3. strength for the continent that must work as a collective to deliver on youth development and empowerment. To deliver as one on youth development and empowerment, Member States, that yet need to do so, must expedite their efforts to sign, ratify, domesticate and implement the African Youth Charter and national youth development plans must be aligned with the youth decade (DPoA) together with ensuring data and information on young people is available to inform sustainable actions and progress reports. The commission commits to continue providing the requisite technical assistance to this end to member states and the concerned stakeholders. The African Union Commission wishes to associate itself to the celebration of the African Youth Day 2012 to congratulate the African youth for their respective efforts in the capacity building process, and to all its partners and stakeholders working closely with us to build robust institutions to empower our greatest resources that are the youth, I express my deep gratitude. Finally, on the auspice of the celebration of the African Youth Day 2012, I call upon all stakeholders including Member States, the Pan-African Youth Union, Regional Economic Communities, Private Sector, NGO's, UN agencies, bilateral and multi-lateral and development partners to synergize efforts in delivering as ONE on Youth development and empowerment in Africa. The African Union Commission commits itself to work together with its key partners to deliver as ONE on Youth development and empowerment and ensure that Africa's young people are playing their role in the decision-making process by working side by side with their leaders in the Member States, the Regional Economic Communities and at continental level. Long live Africa! God bless the African youth!