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11 December 2019

Activity Details (ID# 32126)  

 
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Title Youth Leaders Meeting on Youth Policies in the context of the Europe-Africa Youth Cooperation 
Description The “Youth Leaders Meeting on Youth Policies in the Context of the Africa-Europe Youth Cooperation” will take place in Addis Ababa on 10-13 April 2011. It will give space to youth leaders to build a common action plan on the development of the Africa-Europe youth dialogue and cooperation framework, and on the implementation of the recommendations resulting from the Africa-Europe Youth Summits. This will be an opportunity to contribute to setting out priorities and producing action-oriented outcomes, in the context of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and the EU, Council of Europe and African Union regional and national youth policies.
The event will be organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe (NSC), together with the European Youth Forum (YFJ), the Pan-African Youth Union (PYU), the African Diaspora Youth Network in Europe (ADYNE), under the partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth. The meeting also seeks to involve the African coordination’s of ICMYO member organisations strongly involved in Africa Europe Cooperation.
The meeting will be held immediately after the African Youth Forum, to be held also in Addis Ababa, from the 1 to 9 April, this is the Pre-Summit side event to the Summit heads of State of the AU to be held in July 2011 devoted to the theme: “Accelerate Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development''. The proximity of these meetings and of the actors involved will constitute also an outstanding opportunity to generate synergies with this important process of the African Union and the African Youth.
Background

In December 2007, preceding the II EU-Africa Summit was held in Lisbon the I Africa-Europe Youth Summit, jointly organised by the European Youth Forum, the Pan African Youth Union, the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe and the Portuguese National Youth Council, in partnership with other international youth organisations and institutions. Attended by two hundred and fifty representatives from youth organisations in Europe and Africa, including representatives from the African Diaspora living in Europe, the Youth Summit aimed to increase the participation of young people in the Euro–African cooperation, to reinforce the youth work in both regions and to influence the youth policy in the Africa-Europe cooperation. The I Africa-Europe Youth Summit concluded with a Declaration submitted to the EU-Africa Heads of State Summit .

A partnership formed by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, with governmental and non-governmental actors in Africa and Europe, has been set up to implement a programme aimed at providing an effective framework for the Africa-Europe Dialogue. The youth cooperation is a key element of the programme, carried out in the frame of a Joint Management Agreement signed between the North-South Centre and the European Commission EuropeAid Co-operation Office, and a Partnership Agreement on Youth between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth.

In this framework was held in Libya, on 25-28 November 2010, the 2nd Africa-Europe Youth Summit, preceding the III EU-Africa Heads of State and Government Summit. The Youth Summit was designed to offer to young people and youth organisations from Africa and Europe the opportunity to strengthen their dialogue and cooperation on regional and global issues and to promote their meaningful participation in the Euro-African cooperation, contributing to the further development of the Africa-EU strategic partnership. The Summit resulted in the adoption of the Tripoli Declaration, which was submitted to the Heads of State and Government Summit. 
Status Completed 
Date 10/04/2011 - 13/04/2011 
Location Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, Others
Countries Organisations: Council of Europe / European Commission
Others: Algeria / Burkina Faso / Cape Verde / Egypt / Mauritania / Morocco / Others / Senegal / South Africa / Tunisia
Groups: All Council of Europe member states
  Multilateral
  Joint Programme Activity - YouthFrame III
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP YouthFrame III - Youth Partnership Framework Programme 2010-2013    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2010/DG4/JP/2320   Youth Partnership Framework Programme 2010-2013
Expected Result 1.2 - Respect, understanding and awareness of cultural diversity and (global) solidarity fostered with special emphasis on preventing all forms of racism and discrimination.
 PoA
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Democracy
Line of Action ⇒ III.3 – Promoting Democratic Governance and Stability
Programme ☆ III.3.5  North-South Centre

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Conference 
Directorate (Service) Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport (North South Centre - Lisbon)
CoE Contact ,   email
Partners ADYNE - International NGO
European Youth Forum - International NGO
Pan African Youth Union - International NGO
Web Pages
Documents & links
1 http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/nscentre/Youth_en.asp  
Last Modified 07/10/2011 


Activity Synopsis (ID# 32126) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) Aims and Objectives

The aim of the Meeting is to bring together youth leaders in order to build a common action plan on the development of the Africa-Europe youth dialogue and cooperation framework and on the implementation of the recommendations resulting from the Africa-Europe Youth Summits, setting out priorities and producing action-oriented outcomes, in the context of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and the EU, Council of Europe and African Union regional and national youth policies.
Objectives
The main objectives of the Youth Leaders Meeting are:
• To improve the common understanding and sharing of knowledge of the youth policies in both regions;
• To strengthen the commitment of the partners to further develop the Africa-Europe youth cooperation, based on dialogue and mutual understanding;
• To set a clear vision on the development of the existing Africa-Europe youth dialogue and cooperation instruments, such as the JMA and Youth Partnership;
• To address the need of a sustainable and permanent cooperation between African and European youth organisations, such as the establishment of an Africa-Europe Youth Forum as proposed by the 2nd Africa-Europe Youth Summit;
• To agree upon a plan of action to implement the recommendations resulting from the priorities and recommendations of the Africa-Europe Youth Summits;
• To raise the commitment and alliance of governmental and non-governmental partners in both regions, to move the Africa-Europe youth cooperation forward;
• To aim at the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals, and the implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth. 
Output/Results Main Outcomes

The Youth Leaders Meeting on Youth Policies in the Context of the Africa-Europe Youth Cooperation had a main outcomes:

 Definition of a concrete Africa Europe Youth Cooperation action plan and timeline (2012-15);
 A comprehensive list of actions developed by the youth movement in the frame of the Africa-Europe youth cooperation;
 A renewed motivation, commitment and division of responsibilities among the various stakeholders;
 An identification of an advocacy strategy in order to achieve the action plan;
 A clarification around the establishment of the Africa-Europe Youth Platform (Forum) and consequent actions;
 An empowerment of youth representatives in acting on Africa-Europe youth policies. 
Conclusions/Follow Up Conclusions on the creation of the The Africa-Europe Youth Platform (AEYP) - Monitoring, Evaluation and Governance of the Action Plan 2012-15:

Core Mission of the Africa-Europe Youth Platform
 preparation/coordination of the Africa-Europe Youth cooperation
 monitoring/implementation of the Africa-Europe youth cooperation
 evaluation/follow-up of the Africa-Europe youth cooperation

Objectives
 tackle the common challenges of young people from Africa and Europe.
 institutionalise the dialogue and reinforce the coordinated action between all the parties involved.
 empower youth organisations and young people in the Africa-Europe youth cooperation
 to act as the political body between youth summits and be the steering body for the preparations and implementation of the Africa Europe Youth Summits.
 provide a political dimension to the African University on Youth & Development and use it as a tool in the Africa-Europe youth cooperation
 be the youth voice towards the Monitoring and implementation of the Joint EU-Africa Strategy and the respective Actions Plans [representation function on behalf of the Africa-Europe youth]

Members and Stakeholders
Africa: Pan African Youth Union + Vice-President's of 5 African Sub-regions
Europe: European Youth Forum + 5 National Youth Councils + Advisory Council of CoE
INGYO (Internationals): max. 10 (balanced between African/European offices)
Diaspora: African Diaspora Youth Network Europe (1 Board member + 1 national ADYNE representative)
The respective Stakeholders shall seek gender balance in appointing their representatives.

Institutions: North-South Centre of the CoE (partner → assists and facilitates the process also in practical terms), African Union Commission + European Commission + all other institutional partners applicable.

Decision-making processes: we strive for consensus but in case a need for vote would arise, 24 votes are consider (only youth representatives/stakeholders will have voting right).

Facilitation of the process: we call upon the North-South Centre of CoE to continue its role.

Resources and funding of the Africa Europe Youth Platform
The Africa Europe Youth Platform seeks to be resourced by the existing instruments funding the Africa Europe Youth Cooperation, namely the Partnership between the European Commission and the European Union in the field of Youth and the Joint Management Agreement between the office of Europe Aid and the North-South Centre. The AEYP should also seek financial support with the African Union (AU).

Meetings of the Africa Europe Youth Platform
The Africa Europe Youth Platform will meet once per year with its full constituency. The meetings will be strategically located, both in terms of calendar and venue (i.e Addis Ababa, in the framework of other AU and EU meetings or of the Joint EU Africa Strategy).

In the framework of the annual meetings of the AEYP, thematic meetings will be organised - to which the relevant institutional actors will be invited – with the aim to develop and agree on strategies to deal with specific priorities.

An annual coordination meeting, composed by 1 representative from each stakeholder, will be foreseen to prepare and coordinate the AEYP.



Proposed Action Plan 2012-15: Africa Europe Youth Cooperation

1) Capacity-building

The continuation of the capacity-building Dimension of the Africa Europe youth programme is crucial for the development of Africa-Europe Youth Cooperation; this should be done both through the Africa-Europe Training Courses, the development of a Training Kit, e-learning opportunities and the Seed-Funding for pilot projects.

A) Trainings
The Training programme should include an annual training course for Youth Organisations and Youth Leaders (in cooperation with the YFJ and the PYU); an annual training course for Diaspora Youth Organisations and Groups (in cooperation with ADYNE); and training for trainers. The training courses should aim at covering the thematic priorities of the Africa Europe youth cooperation, to be annually defined by the AEYP.

The African University on Youth and Development should be consolidated as permanent annual feature and follow a thematic approach to be defined by the AEYP. Managing Climate Change and Sustainable Development and Addressing Migration, Mobility, Intercultural Dialogue and Co-Development were identified as two priority thematic areas for the African University in the upcoming period.

B) Production of Training Resources and Materials
Over the next four years, a Training Kit on Africa-Europe Youth Cooperation will be conceived, disseminated and used for multiplying effects. It will also be made available on-line (see Online Resources Centre). The Training kit should address the thematic priorities.

C) Seed Funding
The seed-funding for pilot projects initiated in the present Joint Management Agreement should be continued and strengthened and mobilize other funders both public and private, responding to the thematic priorities, particularly: Climate Change, Food Security and Youth Entrepreneurship should be considered in the next rounds of calls for pilot projects.

2) Online Resources Centre

The design, development and implementation of a web-based tool will be the cornerstone and the visible face of a fully-fledged communication strategy that will include (but won't be limited to) the ongoing mapping exercise, a database covering information about youth organizations active on both continents, the political and institutional framework, information about activities and projects, funding opportunities, pedagogical resources and e-leaning, good and inspirational practices, etc.

The above mentioned communication strategy, to be adopted by the AEYP, should serve the two-fold purpose of addressing both the needs of improving communication among the members and the communication with the external world. Therefore, different target groups should be identified, including: the youth in general, the youth organisations (both the members of our networks and others) and the institutional interlocutors (the CoE, the EU, the AU, the UN and, obviously, their Member States).

The communication and information strategy should be organised and based on raising awareness about the thematic priorities in particularly the MDGs, the successes and the shortcomings of the process so far and how the challenges affect young people, but will also serve the purposes of collecting and giving visibility to good practices by youth organizations (special focus on Non Formal Education activities and youth exchanges) and exerting influence over the institutions.

This should be done in creative ways and making full use of the possibilities offered by modern information technologies (Web 2.0). The more capable members of the AEYP should be invited to contribute and kick-start the production of tools, and the messages/resources should focus primarily on: Food Security, HIV/AIDS, Gender Equality and Education; and the message should aim at justifying the need and the usefulness for more resources for youth organisations.

3) Advocacy

The Africa-Europe Youth Cooperation will continue to focus its efforts on the implementation of the conclusions and demands expressed on the final declarations of the Africa-Europe Youth Summits held in 2007 and in 2010. The seven priority areas will remain as the guideline for our common advocacy work and the promotion, popularization and implementation of the African Youth Charter will continue to be a strategic commitment of our common action over the next four years.

In the framework of the annual meetings of the AEYP, thematic meetings will be organised - to which the relevant institutional actors will be invited – with the aim to develop and agree on strategies to deal with specific priorities. Following the suggestions made by the participants at the meetings, the topics for the first four years will be: Common Fight for Decent Work for Young People, Managing Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Bringing Good Governance and Democracy, and Ensuring Peace - Fighting Conflict (not necessarily in this order). 
Participants The Youth Leaders Meeting brought together 30 to 35 youth representatives from Africa, Europe and the African Diaspora living in Europe, nominated by the YFJ, PYU, ADYNE and ICMYO organisations. From both continents seeking equal number of representatives from the two regions. At the Institutional Level the European Union was represented by Ambassador Koen Vervaeke, European Union Special Representative to the African Union; and the African Union by H. E. Professor Jean Pierre Onvehoun EZIN, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology Department of the African Union Commission. 
Consultants/Experts  
CoE Secretariat  
Total No. Participants 35 
Last Modified

07/10/2011 




 
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