Scouts Participate at the 4th Africa-Europe Youth Summit
A hundred and twenty young people from Africa and Europe are gathering in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from 9-11 October 2017 to take part in the 4th Africa-Europe Youth Summit. The delegates drawn from National Youth Councils, youth organisations and the African diaspora youth living in Europe will engage in debate, with a view to develop recommendations and solutions to put forward to the Heads of State at the 5th AU-EU Summit, also to be held in Abidjan, from 29-30 November 2017.
The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) is being represented at the summit by a joint team of four people. Jo Deman, a member of the World Scout Committee is representing the European Youth Forum as a main partner; Nelson Opany, Communications and Public Relations Officer at World Scout Bureau Africa Support Centre, is part of the Drafting Committee working to frame the discussions and develop the Summit declaration; and two Europeans (a volunteer and an external youth representative) Sonia Abbondio (Italy) and Nandesh Patel (United Kingdom) are participants. Also present is Nkaya Edna, a member of Association des Scouts et Guides du Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) - a potential member of WOSM.
The summit will discuss issues of importance to youth on both continents and put forward a series of recommendations to the AU-EU Summit in six thematic areas: education and skills, peace and security, governance and inclusion, environment and climate, business and job creation, and culture and arts. The participants will also formulate guiding questions for follow-up by a group of 36 delegates selected for the EU-AU Youth Plug-In Initiative.
During the summit, WOSM participants will also showcase two projects: Unguvu Project and Amahoro-Amani Project - with the aim of sharing good practices related to Africa-Europe youth cooperation and promoting networking between the participants attending the Youth Summit.
The Youth Summit has been organised by youth organisation platforms in Africa and Europe (the Pan-African Youth Union (PYU), the Network of International Youth Organisations in Africa (NIYOA) and the European Youth Forum (EYF) as well as diaspora organisations (ADYNE, ADYFE and ACP-YPN), with input from the Advisory Council of the Council of Europe. It is supported by the European Union in partnership with the African Union together with Côte d'Ivoire as the hosting country. WOSM Africa Scout Region is a founding member of NIYOA.
By bringing together engaged and motivated representatives from African and European youth organisations, the 4th Africa-Europe Youth Summit will strengthen their participation in political processes and allow young people to become involved as active agenda-setters in decision-making processes that affect their future.