Open Sessions

SOU 5 - Decentralised cooperation, an effective tool for youth emporwerment

22 Nov

22 November

14:30 to 17:30

Venue: Meknès


Cités Unies France






Tel: Tel: +32 2 265 09 30




International cooperation between cities and regions, or decentralized cooperation, in that it unites and mobilizes local governments of the countries of the world for the governance of their territories, aims to strengthen the capacities of local actors, including young people, who must play a central role in this process, and thus support sustainable development at the local level and, more generally, political, economic and social inclusion.   The political and socio-economic integration of the younger generations is emerging as one of the priorities of African and European policies, considering the exponential number of this part of the population on both continents. This session proposes to explore in a concrete way how decentralized cooperation contributes to the empowerment of youth and thus enables them to be agents of change.   Recognizing the effectiveness of decentralized cooperation as one of the major tools for development means recognizing local governments as political decision-makers, benefiting from concrete expertise in various sectors ranging from education, the environment and the management of migration flows. They should therefore be integrated when thinking about development policies.   This session also takes place in an international context, in line with the global agendas, in which European and African policies are interconnected. It also proposes a follow-up to the Abidjan Summit, which committed decision-makers to "Investing in youth for a sustainable future".   Fields of discussion:  
  1. Mobility of young people in the context of decentralised cooperation (vocational training, volunteering, fields of excellence, research);
  2. Public and private investment in local government capacity building projects;
  3. Decentralized cooperation projects focusing on education, youth training and awareness-raising;
  4. Role of youth networks in socio-economic integration at local level
  Objectives and expected results :  
  1. Identify the necessary conditions at the local, national and continental levels to foster the creation of opportunities for youth empowerment;
  2. Question the partnership and international cooperation dynamics of local governments;
  3. Outline common avenues for the deployment of innovative actions for the integration of young people.




The session will be divided into three panels to set the context for the discussion and then discuss the initiatives and recommendations with the audience.

  1. Panel 1: Introduction – decentralised cooperation, a tool for transitions (introduction of stakeholders and discussion issues in relation to the context: global agendas, ODD, EU-AU relations) (45′)
  2. Panel 2: Presentation of initiatives of specialised networks and local authorities/governments (Exchange of experiences on the economic integration of young people, what has been proven and what are the difficulties) (60′)

– Coffee Break (15′)

– Panel 3: Debate on the recommendations. To produce a political document to be presented in the coming days of the summit (30′)


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