Inter-generational dialogues form a core component of the AU Youth Envoy’s vision for African youth. There is such a large age divide between our leaders and the young people they are serving, and it is our desire to close this gap through dialogues which bring about listening, opening the space to occupy leadership and positive collaboration.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, February 25, 2020
The AU Youth Envoy, along side Ms Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Ms Sicelo Dube, CEO of TechWomen Zimbabwe and Dr Vera Songwe, Executive Director of the Economic Commission for Africa, participated in an inter-generational panel held at the Sixth Session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development convened by the Economic Commission for Africa under the theme: “2020-2030: A Decade to Deliver a Transformed and Prosperous Africa through the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063″
At this event, the young people present expressed their dreams and vision for Africa over the next 25 years. They spoke about a hope for increased social and political inclusivity, gender equality, peace and security as well as increased African solidarity.
The AU Youth Envoy emphasized on bridging the generational gap that worked against realizing the full potential of young people. She entreated the African youth present to lead the narrative they wanted to see on the continent and take responsibility for this mandate.
The UN DSG Ms. Amina Mohammed urged young people to tell their stories without fear, and unite their voices for change. Young people present asked for better accountability from the UN, as well as investment in structures to foster youth development especially in Science and Technology.