On the 22nd of November, ahead to the Africa-EU Head of States summit, Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, took the lead in encouraging other EU institutions and Member States to be more ambitious, going beyond the existing partnership and financial instruments. The conference was being organised in conjunction with, and with the participation of, key parliamentary committees and Members of the European Parliament. The Aim was for stakeholders including the Youth to contribute to strengthening the message conveyed by the European Parliament’s delegation to both the Parliamentary summit and the summit with Heads of States, AU & EU.
Celine Fabrequette, ACP YPN Secretary General and SDG5 expert, together with Firmin Edouard Matoko, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Africa; Giulio Rapetti (in art Mogol), Italian music lyricist; Sandie Blanchet, Director of the UNICEF’s office for the EU; Fabrice Le Saché, Co-founder of Aera Group & Up40 index coordinator at MEDEF international, was a guest-speaker in the third round-table on Youth & Human development. The roundtable was chaired by CULT Vice-Chair, Mircea Diaconu. There she presented the outcome of the Africa-EU Youth summit which took place last October in Abidjan. Celine started her intervention by reminding the audience that “Last October, 120 youth representatives gathered and worked intensively and collectively together; towards balanced and achievable recommendations.” That Youth engagement is not just about the future but also the present; she recognized that much has been done on both the EU & African levels to engage and integrate more youth into policy development. However she warned of the danger of concrete support and recognition of the value added by Youth and Youth organisations which leads to missed opportunities. She called for the development of a concrete Africa-EU partnership where Youths are recognised as a partner; a vector of social, economic and political development for a sustainable present and future.
She went on to explain that the recommendations from the Abidjan Youth declaration are broad in terms of the issues but at the same time specific in regards to objectives to attain, so leaving enough room to include, for example, digitalisation as a key instrument to support implementation of those recommendations – which are intertwined. In other words, fulfilling one of those recommendations would have a positive spill-over effect, directly or indirectly, to another or multiple other recommendations.
She concluded by asking MEPs to take the Youth declaration and message to the highest level and to become “Youth Champions”; echoing her panellist colleagues, as well as Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission, on the need to take actions not “for but with the youth”.
See her full presentation below:
See ACP YPN’s recent declarations on the topics: Africa-EU CSO Forum Declaration
S&D Africa Week Youth Declaration
Africa-Europe Youth Summit Declaration
See ACP YPN contributions in the framework of the ACP-EU Cotonou agreement:
CARIFORUM-EU Consultative Committee Joint statement
St Julian’s Action Plan
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