CAPE TOWN: The African Union Department of Health, Humanitarian and
Social Affairs and The Office of the African Union Youth Envoy, in
collaboration with partners, hosted an AU humanitarian youth forum.
In here, the youth are also pledging conference ahead of the scheduled
African Union Extraordinary Summit to be held in Malabo, Equatorial
Guinea from the 25th to the 28th of May 2022.
Chido Mpemba, the African Union Chairperson’s Youth Envoy commented:
“It is my sincere hope as the Youth Envoy, that at the end of this
summit, we have deliberated a youth-centric humanitarian architecture,
a protocol on the free movement of persons and come up with a
definitive, sustainable political resolution. This resolution
statement will incorporate our ideas and solutions and become a plan
of action to integrate the youths in the overall summit outcomes.”
Organisers explain that the key objective of this forum aligns with
Aspiration 6 of the African Union Agenda 2063 and article 11 of the
African Youth Charter, by providing young people with the opportunity
to have their voices heard by key decision makers on key issues that
are to be deliberated at the summit.
Young people from all over Africa came to discuss the road that is to
be taken towards inclusivity, integration and the advancement of
Africa as a whole.
“To achieve the Agenda 2063 and the Africa we want; we must
collectively seek solutions that will drive concrete political action
from all duty bearers.” said The Youth Envoy.
On the sidelines of the event in Nairobi, the Youth Envoy held a
consultation with the young refugee’s policy group as part of her 60
days listening tour campaign to gain insights that will further
contribute to the development of youth-led, meaningful programs and
plans of the African Union towards achieving Agenda 2063.
Amb. King Adekunle, who is the Chair of the PRC Sub-Committee on
Refugees and IDPs had the following to say: “On developing the
sensitization strategy to the protocol on Free Movement of Persons,
there is a need to look at the benefits and challenges of the free
movement of people, especially as it relates to crime and security.”
And that Africa faces more humanitarian crises than any other
continent with over 282 million people experiencing food related
shortages while a further 32 million are displaced.
These crises have been further exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic
and the logistical challenges it presented.
Dr. Margaret Agama-Anyetei, Ag Director of Health and Humanitarian
Affairs Directorate, AUC said:
“It is worrying that humanitarian crises in Africa are increasing,
millions of people require humanitarian assistance. There is a need
for collective action and response, greater integration and
multi-sectoral humanitarian assistance focused on root causes and
Also stated is that this event is a key milestone towards the
realization of the Agenda 2063 and empowering young people to take
part in the deliberation of key issues to that effect.
“We need member states to involve the youth to co-lead, co-develop and
co-create tangible solutions to solve the humanitarian crises and
threats.”- The Youth Envoy said in closing.
The recommendations set forward in this forum will inform the heads of
states’ meeting in the upcoming summit in Malabo.
Chido Mpemba, is the youngest diplomat at the African Union
Commission. The Envoy is mandated to serve as a representative of and
advocate for the voices and interests of African youth to the relevant
African Union decision-making bodies.
The Youth Envoy’s office also engages African Youth on the continent
and in the diaspora to draw them towards supporting and promoting
positive social change, intergenerational dialogue and concrete action
for Africa’s development as underscored in Agenda 2063.
cREDITS PHOTO Thandisizwe Mgudlwa