Open Sessions

SOU 30 - Africa-Europe Local Youth Elected Forum

22 Nov

22 November

9:30 to 12:30

Venue: Meknès


Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)

Tel: + 32 2 511 74 77




United Cities and Local Governments of Africa

Tel: +212(0)537 260 062




The multiple challenges, both in Africa and Europe, that young generations are facing were identified as one of the main priorities to address in the near future together with the need of strengthening the cooperation between the 2 continents in a number of domains: migration, local development, employment, political engagement, education or culture. Investing in youth is of crucial importance for nation states as well as for African and European local governments if they aspire to nurturing sustainable towns and cities. Without a bright future and opportunities for youngsters in which local and regional governments, youngsters themselves and young politicians from both continents exchange on good practices to tackle the most pressing challenges, illiberal ideas might rise even more all over the world. Cities seem to be the place where cosmopolitism, openness and diversity subsist. This issue is particularly critical for Africa, where more than 60 percent of the population is under the age of 35, while the presence of this age group in the governance and administration structures of local and regional governments remains low. Young municipal leaders must have a voice with respect to questions such as local development, resilience, education or employment. In the framework of the Africities Summit 2018 that will take place in Marrakesh between the 20 and 24 of November, The Council of European Municipalities (CEMR) together with PLATFORMA and the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa will give continuity to the discussions that started last year. The first part of the workshop will set up the scene by providing some feedback about the work that has been done in previous years as well as the follow-up of the Abidjan Declaration. 3 African representatives and 2 Europeans will present the main challenges of young generations as well as how to strengthen cooperation between the 2 continents from to provide better opportunities for youth from a local and regional perspective. The first part of the session will closely examine the commitments taken by African and European elected representatives in Abidjan through three main questions:
  1. How to energise the Africa - EU partnership in light of the exchanges from the 2017 Abidjan partnership (invest in youth) and the localisation of the SDGs from a youth perspective?
  2. Which are the main challenges we are facing with respect to the follow-up of the Abidjan Declaration of 2017 and how to strengthen cooperation between youth organisations at the local level?
  3. How to reinforce coordination between levels of government as well as between the EU and the African Union in order to better face common challenges?
  4. How to concretise indicators that enable us to measure improvement in each field?




First part of the workshop: 1h

Keynote speech by Ahmad Alhendawi, Former UN Special Youth Envoy (tbc)

Introductory speech by the CEMR, the president and panel members

2nd Part of the workshop: World Café format: 1.30h

Culture and Arts (table 1);

– Promotion of global agendas (table2);

– Peace and Security (table3);

– Political involvement and Democratic Inclusion (table 4);

– Entrepreneurship and employment (table 5);

– Education and Skills (table 6);

Wrap-up session: 30min


Parallel Sessions