PRETORIA, More than 350 youth leaders from across Africa will convene here next week for the 6th African Union Youth Dialogue to discuss how the AU can better engage young people in the political process and create opportunities for them while supporting efforts to promote democracy.
The youth, who will be joined by some Heads of State, will gather for the AU’s 6th High-Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance from Dec 6 to 8 under the theme, Silencing the Guns: African Youth Building a Culture of Democracy and Peace in Africa.
The consultation is part of the AU’s ongoing efforts to incorporate voices of youth into discussions on democracy and peace-building.
The 6th High-Level Dialogue will provide a frank, open and inclusive space for policymakers and practitioners to interrogate policy and practice imperatives for enhancing meaningful youth participation and representation in governance. Specifically, the dialogue will focus on youth participation and representation in political, economic, social as well as peace and security spheres as provided for in the African Youth Charter, according to a statement from the AU Commission.
The AU anticipates that the conversations at the dialogue will contribute to the strategic and programmatic interventions aimed at facilitating the realization of all the seven aspirations of the Agenda 2063, Africa’s 50-year development blueprint adopted in 2013.
Ultimately, the dialogue will contribute to the realization of Aspiration 6, which envisions an Africa whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth and with well cared for children.
The dialogue will be officially opened by South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday. Former Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama and the Central African Republic’s former interim president, Catherine Samba-Panza, as well as the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Minata Samate Cessouma, and selected youth participants from across the continent will attend the event.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK