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Decisions of African Heads of state and government on accelerating youth empowerment for sustainable development
following the Debate between Youth and Heads of State during 17th Ordinary AU Summit, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
23 June 2014 - 1 July 2014

Acknowledgements: African Union Commission, Division for Capacity Building and Youth


The 17th Ordinary AU Summit held 23 June - 1 July, 2011 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea was the first of its kind. Then, this was the very first time in the entire history of the AU and its predecessor OAU that a summit has been dedicated to Africa's largest ever and most vibrant population group. The Youth. In Africa, Youth make up roughly 40% of the population (age 15-35 as defined in the African Youth Charter), making Africa the most Youth-full continent. In his address to the summit Dr Babatunde Osotimehin Executive Director, UNFPA stated, "... if youth make up 40% of the population, and people under the age of 35 make up over 65% of the entire population of the continent. Then 65% percent of the continent's resources, should be allocated to this age group". Yet, "... African youths that constitute 37 percent of the working population, constitute 60 percent of the unemployed.. " - H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, President of the Republic of Tanzania.

The 17th Ordinary AU Summit organized under the theme: "Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development" benefited from:

  • The Pre-Summit African Youth Forum held 1-9, April 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with over 250 youth participants
  • Training of Batch II African Union Youth Volunteers, (AU-YVC) - as an official side event to the summit (14 June - 2 July, 2011)
  • Debate between Youth and Heads of State on the summit theme
  • Several youth meetings, and panels

This booklet aims at distributing the summit decisions amongst stake holders and proposes a follow up mechanism on the adopted decisions.


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