Diaspora AU Youth Summit On Silencing The Guns 

This event will be jointly hosted under the leadership of the Permanent Observer Mission of the AU to the UN, H.E. Ambassador Fatima K. Mohammed with the AU Youth Envoy, Ms. Aya Chebbi.

Africa’s youth will focus on echoing the AUC’s strategic engagements to Silence the Guns in Africa, while enhancing the youth agenda with an accent on young women’s participation, leadership and accountability.

African Member States have spearheaded the African Union (AU) Initiative on Silencing the Guns (STGs) in Africa. In May 2013, AU Heads of State and Government pledged to STG and “not to bequeath the burden of conflict to the next generation of Africans and undertake to end all wars by 2020.”

In 2013, they adopted Agenda 2063 for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, which includes “Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020” as one of its flagship initiatives, and in 2017, the Peace and Security Council adopted a Master Roadmap of Practical Steps to STGs by 2020.

The Roadmap recognizes that, beyond the ongoing political and military efforts, there is a need for structural interventions in the area of socio-economic development, to allow for issues of governance, youth and women, employment and education, climate change and other pertinent factors to play constructive roles in the efforts to STGs in Africa.

The Decision of the Assembly of the Union at its 32nd Ordinary Session of February 2019 urged the Commission “to enhance the capacities of youth to meaningfully participate in peace and security issues at the national, regional and continental levels”.

Over the years, young people have been affected by a multiplicity of social, economic and political challenges, which to some extent has instigated violence with devastating consequences on loss of lives and livelihood opportunities, forced displacement and migration, exclusion from learning spaces and shrinking of civic spaces.

Often, youth are stereotyped as perpetrators and victims of violence with little or no recognition attributed to their increasing roles in the promotion of durable peace and security on the continent.

Young people make up the bulk of Africa’s total population with an estimated 75% of the continent’s population below the age of 35. This demographic calls for a paradigm shift towards the recognition and support of the youth to harness their potential in securing peace and development.

In order to achieve the STG agenda and Article 17 of the African Youth Charter, a continental engaging platform for discussions and exchange between young people on the challenges and the needed solutions to build a peaceful and prosperous Africa is key.

Youth play a strategic role to build on the peace, security and development nexus, as recognized by the AUC Chairperson’s initiative, 1 Million by 2021 (launched in April 2019) as a demonstration of the African Union’s commitment to young Africans. T

his initiative seeks to concretely provide opportunities in the key areas Employment, Entrepreneurship, Education and Engagement (4E’s) for millions of African Youth by the year 2021. 

The African youth in the Diaspora are an integral part of the African Union. In this regard, the 2012 Declaration of the Global African Diaspora Summit recognizes the importance of creating synergies between continental and Diaspora programs through sustainable dialogue.

The Diaspora AU Youth Summit will take place on the margins of the sixty-fourth session of the Commission of the Status of Women. 2020 is therefore a pivotal year for the accelerated realization of gender equality of all girls and women, which can be achieved through STGs across the continent.

This year, also marks the end of the African Women’s Decade (AWD) that started in 2010 and commemorates 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the beginning of UN Women led intergenerational campaign, “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future”. It is also the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325.

The meeting will therefore allow us to inform Africa’s youth position on the Beijing+25 – Gender Equality Forum process.

The proposed side event will be jointly hosted under the leadership of the Permanent Observer Mission of the AU to the UN, H.E. Ambassador Fatima K. Mohammed with the AU Youth Envoy (OYE), Ms. Aya Chebbi.

Africa’s youth will focus on echoing the AUC’s strategic engagements to Silence the Guns in Africa, while enhancing the youth agenda with an accent on young women’s participation, leadership and accountability. 

  1. Create a youth platform for the AU sixth region, the diaspora, to be included in decision making processes at the African Union; 
  2. Promote intergenerational co-leadership and dialogue practices especially on the issues of youth, peace and development agenda;
  3. Identify key actions that could be undertaken by diaspora youth for actualization of Silencing the Guns agenda 
  4. Bring the African Union closer to diaspora youth 

The key outcome of the Summit is a concrete Action Plan document “AU Youth Diaspora Declaration” spelling out the contribution of youth in the diaspora to Silencing the Guns in Africa and the interlink to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment as part of the Beijing+25 Process. The recommendations will be presented to the AU and UN relevant decision makers. 

The Youth Summit will be engaging and participatory to connect, inform and collaborate. 

The thematic focus of the meeting would be; 

Silencing Poverty & Hunger 

  1. Silencing Gender Based Violence & Contribution to Beijing+25 process 
  2. Silencing Youth Unemployment
  3. Silencing Corruption 
  4. Silencing Climate Crisis 

Participants will involve 100 representatives of youth-led and youth focused organizations and youth advocates from the diaspora who are engaged in promoting youth rights in Africa. 

Registrtaion for this event can be found here: http://bit.ly/2VDsDaR

Venue: Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations, New York;
Date: March 9th, 2020 at 11:00AM – 2PM