The Africa-Europe Youth Summit is an integral part of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES). It brings together representatives of diaspora youth platforms and organisations to present their views to European and African leaders on critical issues pertaining to youth on both continents. The youth summits aim to increase the participation of young people in Euro–African cooperation, reinforce the youth employment in both regions and influence policy in African-European cooperation. Traditionally take place in the run-up to the AU-EU Summits of Heads of State and Government.
The fourth and latest edition of the Africa-Europe Youth Summit took place from 9-11 October 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and resulted in the adoption of the Youth Summit Declaration. For the first time, a group of 36 youth delegates, selected for the AU-EU Youth Plug-In initiative, will further develop the proposals of the Youth Summit declaration within the Youth Agenda.
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of the needs and challenges of young people and youth civil society in Europe and Africa, including common and diverging themes, as well as potential avenues for solutions.
- Strengthen the framework for Africa-Europe youth dialogue and cooperation, leading to rejuvenated and sustainable cooperation between African and European youth organisations.
- Develop a youth perspective on the priority areas and topics to be discussed at, and in the lead up to, the Heads of State Summit.
- Contribute to the development of a coherent and coordinated strategy for youth in the Africa-EU partnership, taking into account the relevant policy and political frameworks at regional and global level.
Key youth umbrella organisations
- Africa-Europe Training Courses for Youth Organisations where participants from youth organisations from both continents acquired knowledge and skills on how to strengthen their participation in the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership;
- The launch of the Africa-Europe Youth Platform (AEYP) led by the north-south centre of the Council of Europe, in partnership with the African Union Commission and in cooperation with the European Youth Forum, the African Diaspora Youth Network in Europe and the Pan African Youth Union.