Inter-generational Dialogue @ Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Joseph Emmanuel Yaba with the Senegalese President -His Excellency Macky Sall after the Intergenerational Dialogue with the Head of State at the United Nation Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Inter-generational Dialogue with Heads of State and Government was organized by the African Union as part of activities to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the African Union/OAU.

The Dialogue was held at the centerpiece of the United Nation Economic Commission of Africa Complex, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The building which opened its doors in 1961 has hosted numerous important Pan-African gatherings including the 1963 conference of the independent African Heads of State and government that lead to the creation of the charter of the Organization of Africa Unity (OAU). It was also declared a World Heritage Centre by UNESCO.

The main objective is to provide a platform for dialogue between selected African Heads of States and young people on major policy initiatives. The platform also provided young people the opportunity to address key questions of how African’s most powerful resources, its youth can be engaged in defining the Africa we want to see come 2063. Seven years after the endorsement of the African Youth Charter by African Heads of State, the urgent need to enhance youth capacity and participation is more prominent.

It was also a moment to build on recent experience and chart the way forward and when the litmus test-Africa as a developed continent is applied in 2063 i.e. 50 years from now, the gains will be self-evident.

Key Issues addressed:

  1. What are the concrete policy commitments that African leaders should make now to set out a trajectory to reap the demographic dividend by 2063?
  2. Investment made today will accrue benefits in 50 years- is Africa on track to accrue those benefits by 2063? If so, what are the benchmarks by which to measure this progress?
  3. How are youths seeking to empower themselves? What do they thinks/feel is hindering them from achieving their potential?
  4. What are African countries currently doing to address the large youth population in terms of Education, Health, Social Justice and improving the welfare of youth and children?