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Midrand, 29 November 2018 – The APRM Continental Secretariat co-hosted a well-attended African Youth Development Summit (AYDS) with the official opening held at the Pan African Parliament. The Summit was organized in response to the growing African youth efforts in mobilising active citizenry towards achieving a continent free of poverty and inequality.
The 2018 African Youth Development Summit was co-hosted with Africa80; Junior Chamber International (JCI) and Global Citizen over a period of 3 days. The APRM Chairperson of Eminent Personalities, Hon Bridgette Mabandla officiated the opening of the AYDS with a keynote address to more than 200 youth delegates. She commended the wide geographic youth representation made up of 24 countries: Algeria, Botswana, Benin, Chad, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Jamaica.
In line with Agenda 2063 and SDGs 2030, Youth delegates took the opportunity to reflect on their roles in the achievement of global and regional developmental blueprints. Their participation at the Summit pointed at increasing the interests of young people in contributing to sustainable development. It also reminded leaders and policymakers of the urgent need to prioritize the continent’s demographic dividend – its youthful population.
The opening day consisted of Pan-African topics ranging from Youth responsibilities in the achievement of Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030, entrepreneurship, gender equality and corporate governance.
On the 2nd and 3rd day of the Summit, delegate gathered in Sandton to brainstorm on challenges faced by the continent and commit to play a catalyzing role in their communities and the African continent at large. Day 2 key highlights were the keynote addresses by Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Hon. Aminah J. Mohammed; South Africa’s Minister in the Presidency, Hon, Jeff Radebe and Chad Minister in the Presidency and Chairperson of APRM Focal Points, Hon. Khayar Oumar Defallah.
Guests from the UNICEF; UNFPA; the Global Citizens Festival interacted with delegates during plenary sessions. Other special guests such as Global American TV host Gayle King and Reverend al Sharpton also joined the conversation to motivate and inspire the Youth.