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5th AU-EU Summit: Investing in Youth for a Sustainable Future

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The 5th African Union - European Union Summit brought together EU and African leaders to define the future direction for cooperation between the two continents. It took place on 29-30 November 2017 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, under the overarching theme of "Investing in Youth for a sustainable future".

Leaders adopted a Joint declaration setting out their commitment to invest in youth for accelerated inclusive growth and sustainable development.

They agreed on four common strategic priorities for the period leading up to the next Summit:

Leaders also adopted a joint statement on the migrant situation in Libya, condemning the inhuman treatment of migrants and refugees by criminal groups.

Preparatory events

The Summit was preceded by a number of important preparatory events, including civil society, local authorities, economic and social actors, as well as European and Pan-African Parliaments. Young leaders from Africa and Europe gathered at the Youth Summit, and their work intensified in the context of the AU-EU Youth Plugin-Initiative. The 6th EU-Africa Business Forum brought together business leaders, investors, innovative start-ups, and young and female entrepreneurs. Find out more about these side events and their declarations:

For more information

Final Declaration: Investing in Youth for Accelerated Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development

Official website of the 5th AU-EU Summit

European Commission - Press release: African Union - European Union Summit: Investing in Youth for a Sustainable Future

Joint press release of the United Nations, the African Union and the European Union (European Commission)

Factsheets on the Africa-EU partnership (EEAS)

Recordings: opening session and press conference

Photos and videos

Catch up on all the tweets from the AU-EU Summit: #AUEU