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EU-Africa: ‘”Africa-Europe Youth Summit” in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. “Invest in youth for sustainable future”

The “Africa-Europe Youth summit” in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, started yesterday. 120 young people representing Europe and Africa are asked to work in preparation of the European Union – African Union Summit to be held in Abidjan at the end of November. The theme will be: “Investing in youth for sustainable future”. Education, peace and security, climate and environment, economy and employment, inclusion and culture are the themes to be debated by youth until 11 October, and around which the recommendations they will send to the summit of heads of state and government will hinge. “Africa is the youngest continent in the world, where 60% of the population is under 25”, stated Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica; the youth theme as climax of this year’s EU-AU summit is meant “to inject a young perspective into intercontinental dialogue”. This youth meeting should help to guarantee that their perspective is accepted by people in charge of politics. Moreover, a group of 36 young people will be asked to go on working on the results of the Youth Summit, until the end-of-November appointment with “AU-EU Youth Plug-In Initiative”. “Our responsibility is to listen to young people”, said EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, “and to create new paths to involve them. Working for them is not enough; it is necessary to work with them”, since we are debating “a future belonging to them”.

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