The African Youth SDGs Summit is the largest gathering platform for youth from across the African continent and beyond to discuss and assess the status of implementation of continental commitments to the Global Goals but also sharing ideas, critiques, results and challenge national governments to deliver on their promise. It is a summit that brings duty bearers and right holders together to reaffirm actions towards sustainably development on the continent from the perspectives of the continent’s largest population, the youth.
The African Youth SDGs Summit series started in 2017 with support from the United Nations Development Programme UNDP drawing 423 delegates from 25 countries for two days of interactive workshops and plenary sessions spanning across SDGs themes such as environment, gender, disability, economic and social development. The 2017 summit enjoyed high-level participation of dignitaries including the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Christine Evans-Clock, Ghana`s Minister for Planning, Hon. Professor Gyan Baffour, the Chief Executive Officer of National Youth Authority, Mr. Emmanuel Asigiri. and the Executive Director of African Monitor, Ms. Namhla Mniki-Mangaliso. The summit has since been named finalist of UN SDG Action Campaign in Bonn, Germany.
The 2nd edition of the summit is being organized under the auspices of the Ghana`s Ministry of Planning, hosted by Youth Advocates Ghana (YAG), UNFPA and 2030 Youth Alliance in cooperation with UNDP and SDGs Advisory Unit at the Office of the President, Republic of Ghana.
The 2018 summit is scheduled to take place from 7-9 November 2018 at the Accra International Conference Centre, Accra Ghana and expected to draw about 1,000 delegates representing youth organizations and AU agencies, national governments, international development agencies, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs, the private sector and SDGs actors to exchange experiences and good practices regarding the implementation of the SDGs and African Union Agenda 2063.
The summit will receive Presidential Opening by His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana and Co-Chair of UN Eminent Advocates for the SDGs.
The summit will consist of high-level plenaries, Ministerial Evening Dialogue on Youth, Patrons Roundtable on Financing Youth Development in Africa, special and parallel sessions on the implementation on African Governance Architecture (ACDEG) and workshops on participation of young people in the Voluntary National Review leading to the High-Level Political Forum among other themes.
The summit will also feature special side events, evening receptions and cultural networking, African Youth SDGs Excellence Awards, exhibition opportunities for private and CSOs to present innovative tools and initiatives.
THE 2018 SUMMIT
The 2nd edition of the African Youth SDGs Summit will be held in Accra, Ghana from 6 -9 November,2018 at International Conference Centre, Accra Ghana and expected to attract 700 delegates from Africa and beyond.
OVERALL GOAL OF THE SUMMIT
The overarching goal of the summit is to provide a platform for dialogue on youth inclusion and participation in Africa’s social, economic and political systems.
- Create and maximize space for the participation of young people in the implementation of the SDGs.
- Identify gaps and opportunities for the participation and reporting on young people in the Voluntary National Reviews (NVRs) on the SDGs at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF).
- Facilitate dialogue between African Youth, youth organizations, civil society organizations, national governments and policy makers to enhance accountability and good governance.
- To create a network for youth and other professional participants to share ideas and best practices and also learn from each other
- To identify and reward individuals and institutions contributing to the overall participation of African youth in the SDGs accountability process.