Press Release: African Union – European Union Summit: Investing in Youth for a Sustainable Future

The 5th African Union – European Union Summit took place on 29-30 November in Abidjan, under the overarching theme of Youth. The Summit brought together leaders from 55 African Union and 28 European Union Member States. On the occasion, President Juncker said: “We spoke a lot about young people during this summit. Already today, the majority of African citizens are under 25 years old, and by the middle of this century, one in four people on earth will be African. But this demographic dividend cannot deliver without smart investments. This is precisely why we are going to put our investments in education, in infrastructure, in peace and security, as well as in good governance – all of which will in turn inspire good business environments and create much needed jobs and growth. Read the President’s full remarks here. In their political declaration the European and African leaders set out their joint commitment to invest in youth for a sustainable future. Concretely, they committed to focussing their work on four strategic priorities: 1. Mobilising investments for African structural and sustainable transformation; 2. Investing in people through education, science, technology and skills development; 3. Strengthening Resilience, Peace, security and governance; 4. Managing mobility and migrationThe EU was represented by the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and the President of the Council of the EU Donald Tusk, joined by the HR/VP Federica Mogherini, Vice President responsible for the EU’s Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica. The African Union was represented by the President of the African Union Alpha Condé and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat. The full press release, the Joint statement of the United Nations, the African Union and the European UnionThe Political Declaration and the Joint Statement on the Migration Situation in Libya will be available soon. Photo coverage of the Summit and remarks by President Juncker at the final press conference are also available. (For more information: Margaritis Schinas – Tel.: +32 229 60524; Catherine Ray – Tel.: +32 229 69921)

Source: European Commission

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