An independent expert report commissioned by the African Union Peace and Security Council

By HE Ambassador Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security, Union Commission Africaine

The recognition and appreciation of the vibrant young African population goes beyond rhetoric. The role of youth in Africa's development agenda has grown with the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) which expressly recognizes youth as an important partner to strengthen solidarity and cohesion between "Our peoples". In addition, the 2004-2007 strategic plan of the African Union Commission (AUC) has prioritized the development and empowerment of young people. The African Youth Charter (CAJ), adopted by the Conference of Heads of State and Government in Banjul, The Gambia, in 2006, crystallized the recognition of young people, men and women, in the development of Africa by providing a continental framework with provisions on youth: rights, duties and freedoms; active participation in the development of the continent at all levels; directives and responsibilities of member states to promote empowerment; and, responsibilities for contributing to national, regional and continental development. Read more


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source: African Union
Year of publication: 2020