Youth Silencing The Guns Campaign 2020

Let’s Shake Things Up

The Africa Union through the Peace and Security Department and the AU Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE) in collaboration with the Human Resources, Science and Technology Department and the Department of Political Affairs, launched the Youth Silencing the Guns campaign

Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign Launch 

THEME: Advancing Youth Roles 

and Capacities to Silence the Guns in Africa

WHEN: Friday, 24th July, 2020

TIME: 15:00h – 16:30h EAT

WHERE: Online (Zoom) 

Media Advisory


  • Moderator: Dr. Admore Kambudzi, Director, Peace and Security Department
  • Keynote Address by H.E. Ambassador Smail Chergui, Commissioner, Peace and Security
  • H.E. Prof Sarah Agbor – Commissioner, Human Resources, Science and Technology
  • H.E. Cessouma Minata Samate, Commissioner for Political Affairs
  • H.E. Amb. Edward Makaya, Chair of the AU Permanent Representative Committee – South Africa’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and African Union
  • H.E. Amb. Joel Nkurabagaya, Chair of the Peace and Security Council – Burundi’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and African Union
  • Ms. Hanna Tetteh – Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of UN Office to the AU
  • Ms. Aya Chebbi – African Union Chairperson’s Special Envoy on Youth
  • Ms. Emma Ng’ang’a – African Youth Ambassador for Peace, East Africa

AU Youth Envoy Remarks


The main aim of the youth silencing the guns campaign is to provide a platform to mobilize the development and support of key actions that can be undertaken by youth to fast track the implementation of the STG Agenda in Africa. Specifically, the objectives are to:

  1. Identify the roles and key activities that the youth can play to advance the STG agenda;
  2. Foster intergenerational co-leadership on silencing the guns and promotion of governance, peace, security and development;
  3. Identify the challenges and gaps that hinder the effective participation and contributions of the youth to silencing the guns;
  4. Provide policy and action-oriented recommendations to address the identified challenges and barriers to youth’s participation, as well as maximise opportunities and enhance their contributions.


  1. Declaration on key actions to be undertaken by youth, which will feed into the deliberations of the Extraordinary Session of Heads of State and Government on the theme of the year;
  2. Recommendations to policy makers to advance the participation and contributions of youth in Silencing the Guns;
  3. Support for youth-led projects and activities that contributes to advancing the silencing the guns agenda.

What Has OYE Done so far on Youth, Peace & Security Advocacy :

  • Developed and Launched game-changer 2019/20 Action Plan which involved 1000+ feedback submissions from both online and offline six months consultations
  • Contributed to 2019 AU Theme of the Year through Solidarity mission to South Sudan and Internally Displaced Persons at POC 3 Equatorial State in Juba (Report)
  • May 2019, advocacy during the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa
  • July 2019, Convened with Silencing the Guns (STG) Unit on the margins of the Africa Regional High-level conference on Counter-Terrorism and the Prevention of Violent Extremism as side event on the role of youth in STG (Statement at the High Level Opening)
  • August 2019, Convened youth on “Young People Reimagining Today’s Politics” producing an anthology on youth contribution to peace and governance (Report)
  • October 2019, briefed UN Security Council during on African youth, mobilizing for silencing the guns, first session of the council focused on African youth (Statement
  • November 2019, briefed AU Peace and Security Council inaugurating five regional African Youth Peace Ambassadors for Peace (Statement
  • Supported Youth4Peace program of AU Peace and Security Department’s regional consultations which produced a Study on the Roles and Contributions of the Youth to Peace and Security in Africa; and helped finalize the Continental Framework on Youth, Peace and Security
  • Organized OYE Communications Workshop which resulted in the development of 2020 comms strategy for OYE focused on the theme of the year advocacy and mobilization including Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign 
  • December 2019, Advocacy during the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development
  • January 2020, pioneered the Virtual AU Youth Summit on Silencing the Guns 
  • February 2020, advocacy during 33rd AU Summit
  • May – Africa Day 2020, convened Intergenerational Dialogue on Co-Leadership in Silencing the Guns (Webinar)
  • 23rd June 2020, at its 933rd meeting, the Peace and Security Council of the African Union adopted the Continental Framework on Youth, Peace and Security

2020 Youth Silencing the Guns Plans Revealed

The African Union Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE) intends to convene 6 regional Intergenerational Dialogues on Youth STGs to foster co-leadership on the theme of the year; support for the conduct of the five regional consultations, launch of social media campaign to mobilize youth on the STG agenda, provision of seed funding/grants to youth projects on STG through Youth STG Awards to celebrate, elevate and recognise youth impact in the communities with concrete support to grassroots efforts, as well as amplifying young peacebuilders initiatives and stories through wide platforms. 

Due to the challenges with COVID-19 outbreak, instead of the Youth Silencing the Guns initially planned continental tour to member states on the ground, the OYE will conduct virtual trainings in collaboration with AUC departments and partners to strengthen the capacity of young peacebuilders in the communities. The outcomes of OYE engagements will feed into the youth declaration and AU Youth Envoy briefings to the both AU Peace and security Council and UN Security Council.

IGD Brochure & Toolkit on Intergenerational Co-Leadership will be published on 27th July, 2020