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Regional Intergenerational Dialogues on Youth Silencing the Gun

Regional Intergenerational Dialogues on Youth Silencing the Gun

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August 28, 2020

WHAT: Regional Intergenerational Dialogues on Youth Silencing the Guns

THEME: Advancing Youth Roles and Capacities to Silence the Guns in Africa

WHEN: Starting 27 August 2020 until 11 September 2020

WHO: The African Union Office of Youth Envoy (OYE) in collaboration with the The Peace and Security Department.

As part of Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign launched by the African Union (AU) on 24th July 2020, the African Union Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE) will convene Six ( 6) regional Intergenerational Dialogue (IGD).

Region

Date

West Africa Youth Silencing the Guns Intergenerational Dialogue.

Completed

East Africa Youth Silencing the Guns Intergenerational Dialogue

01September 2020

Central Africa Youth Silencing the Guns Intergenerational Dialogue

03 September 2020

North Africa Youth Silencing the Guns Intergenerational Dialogue

08 September 2020

Southern Africa Youth Silencing the Guns Intergenerational Dialogue

10 September 2020

Diaspora Silencing the Guns

11 September 2020

The outcomes of Regional Intergenerational Dialogues (IDG) engagements will feed into the youth declaration on the AU Theme of the Year and AU Youth Envoy briefings to the both AU Peace and security Council and UN Security Council.

The first regional intergenerational dialogue also marks the release of the Intergenerational Dialogues Brochure and Toolkit for Co-Leadership which aims to empower youth to self-organize as part of 100 IGDs across and beyond Africa to bridge social, cultural and political differences between generations and thereby address both current and emerging conflict patterns.

BACKGROUND

The main objective of the youth silencing the guns campaign is to provide a platform to mobilize the development and support of key actions that can be undertaken by youth to fast track the implementation of the Silencing the Gun (STG) Agenda in Africa. Specifically, the objectives are to:

  • Identify the roles and key activities that the youth can play to advance the STG agenda;
  • Foster intergenerational co-leadership on silencing the guns and promotion of governance, peace, security and development;
  • Identify the challenges and gaps that hinder the effective participation and contributions of the youth to silencing the guns;
  • Provide policy and action-oriented recommendations to address the identified challenges and barriers to youth’s participation, as well as maximise opportunities and enhance their contributions.

EXPECTED OUTCOME

Declaration on key actions to be undertaken by youth, which will feed into the deliberations of the Extraordinary Session of Heads of State and Government on the theme of the year;

  • Recommendations to policy makers to advance the participation and contributions of youth in Silencing the Guns;
  • Support for youth-led projects and activities that contributes to advancing the silencing the guns agenda.

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