I. Introduction


The Youth for Peace (Y4P) Africa Programme was launched in September 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria, as part of efforts to implement Article 17 of the AU Youth Charter, 665th Communiqué of the Peace and Security Council (PSC), UNSCR 2250 and 2419, the Peace and Security Department in collaboration with the Youth Division and African Governance Architecture of the Department for Political Affairs. In order to facilitate effective coordination, the PSD established an Inter-Departmental Task Force on Youth Peace and Security with all relevant departments of the Commission.


II. Objective


The Y4P Africa program seeks to effectively engage, involve, and collaborate with young women and men as well as organized youth groups in the promotion of peace and security on the continent. This will contribute towards changing the negative perception of youth as harbingers of violence or problems to be solved to partners for peace. In this regard, the Y4P program advocated for the first PSC open session on Youth Peace and Security, which held on 8th November 2018 in commemoration of the Africa Youth Day. Key decisions of the communiqué of the 807th meeting of the PSC include clarion call to member states to urgently implement UNSCR 2250, 2419 and other regional and continental instruments relating to youth peace and security; Request to the Commission to undertake a study to assess the role and contributions of youth in peace and security on the continent; appointment of five regional African Youth Peace Ambassadors, who will work with the AU Youth Envoy in championing the promotion of peace on the continent; as well as the finalization of the ongoing framework on youth peace and security.

 III. Important Frameworks and Decisions


A.     PSC Communiques

 1.  Communique of the 807th meeting of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) on: "Youth, Peace, and Security"

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) dedicated its 807th meeting held on 8 November 2018, to its first-ever open session on Youth, Peace, and Security in commemoration of the Africa Youth Day, and adopted the following decision:

The 807th PSC Decision calls for Member States to:

- urgently implement UNSCR 2250, 2419 and other regional and continental instruments relating to youth peace and security;

- Request to the Commission to undertake a study to assess the role and contributions of youth in peace and security on the continent;

- appointment of five regional African Youth Peace Ambassadors, who will work with the AU Youth Envoy in championing the promotion of peace on the continent;

- as well as the finalization of the ongoing framework on youth peace and security. Decided to institutionalize and regularize an annual open session dedicated to the theme of “Youth, Peace and Security in Africa”.

 https://www.peaceau.org/uploads/psc.807.comm.psc.youth.peace.and.security.8.11.2018.pdf

2. Communique of the 933rd meeting of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) on: " Youth, Peace and Security in Africa "

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 933rd meeting held on 23 June 2020, on Youth, Peace and Security in Africa adopted the Continental Framework on Youth Peace and Security and the 10 year implementation plan as well as endorsed the study on the Roles and Contributions of Youth to peace and security in Africa.

https://www.peaceau.org/uploads/eng-933rd-psc-final-communique-on-youth-peace-and-security.pdf

3.  Communique of the 963rd meeting of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) on: " Youth, Peace and Security: Advancing Youth Roles and Capacities for Silencing the Guns in Africa "

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) dedicated its 963rd meeting, held on 12 November 2020, to an Open Session on the theme: “Youth, Peace and Security: Advancing Youth Roles and Capacities for Silencing the Guns in Africa” in commemoration of the Africa Youth Month.

https://www.peaceau.org/uploads/eng-final-press-statement-of-the-963rd-psc-open-session-on-youth-peace-...pdf

4. African Union to Select the Second Cohort of African Youth Ambassadors for Peace

https://www.peaceau.org/uploads/press-release-african-union-to-select-the-second-cohort-of-african-youth-ambassadors-for-peace.pdf  

5. Press Statement of the 1118th Meeting of the Peace and Security Council, Held on 3 November 2022 to an Open Session on Youth, Peace and Security in Africa

https://www.peaceau.org/uploads/1118.press.stat-en.pdf  

6.  Communiqué of the 1183rd Meeting of the Peace and Security Council, held on 3 November 2023, on the theme: "Youth, Peace and Security in Africa"

https://www.peaceau.org/uploads/1183.comm-en.pdf

B. ASSEMBLY OF THE UNION THIRTY-THIRD ORDINARY SESSION: DECISIONS, DECLARATIONS, RESOLUTION AND MOTION

Decision [Assembly/AU/Dec. 753] adopted by the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government at its 33rd Ordinary Session held from 9 to 10 February 2020 requested the AU Commission to institutionalize the Youth for Peace Africa Programme within the Peace and Security Department with the designation of a dedicated desk to coordinate the efforts of all stakeholders and facilitate its full operationalization with a view to meeting the increasing expectations of the youth across the Continent; and endorsed the five African Regional Youth Ambassadors for Peace representing the five regions of the AU and encourages them to promote youth efforts on peace and security; In this respect, congratulating the five (5) regional African youth Ambassadors for Peace (AYAP).

 https://au.int/sites/default/files/decisions/38180-assembly_au_dec_749-795_xxxiii_e.pdf

Third Cohort: African Youth Ambassadors for Peace (AYAPs)


Julien Vikemba – AYAP, Central African region


Julien Vikemba is the new African Union Youth Ambassador for Peace (AYAP) for the Central African region. The 26-year-old Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national holds a master’s in human rights and democratization in Africa and a bachelor’s degree in public law. Since 2021, he has been the Executive Director of SOTE PAMOJA DRC, a civil society organization based in Goma, eastern DRC, that mobilizes youth to promote peace, justice, and good governance in the country and the Great Lakes region.

Fluent in French, English, and Kiswahili, Julien has significantly contributed to peace initiatives in the region, including through a broad network of youth organizations in Central Africa and the Great Lakes region, for the effective implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 and various African Union decisions, policies, and instruments on youth, peace, and security.

During his two-year mandate, he looks forward to engaging with various stakeholders to develop and implement national action plans (NAPs) on youth, peace, and security, promoting youth agency in conflict prevention, economic empowerment programs for youth in conflict areas, strengthening youth advocacy, training, knowledge, and experience-sharing, promoting youth political participation, and initiatives to combat disinformation and hate speech online.

Nashiba Nakabira – AYAP, East African region


Nashiba Nakabira is the new African Union Youth Ambassador for Peace (AYAP) for the East African region. The 32-year-old Ugandan national holds a master’s in peace and conflict studies and a bachelor’s in social sciences.

She co-founded the Sisters for Peace Initiative (SPI). This women-led non-profit peacebuilding organisation builds women and girls' capacity to prevent and respond to violent extremism through sports, exchange learning, knowledge mobilisation, dialogues, economic development, advocacy, rehabilitation, civic engagement and training.

Nashiba is a Senior Program Specialist at the African Youth Development Link (AYDL). She has eight years of experience working with youth from marginalised communities in advocacy, governance, leadership, gender mainstreaming, peacebuilding, project planning, and management. She has led the implementation of several projects geared toward community development, youth, and women's empowerment.

During her mandate, she looks forward to working closely with member states and other stakeholders to develop and implement national action plans (NAPs) on youth peace and security and to promote youth involvement at all levels of peacebuilding. 

Arif Abdeljalil Moussa – AYAP, North African region


Arif Abdeljalil is the new African Union Youth Ambassador for Peace (AYAP) for North Africa. A 31-year-old Algerian national, Arif is a graduate of the National School of Administration.

He is fluent in Arabic, English, and French and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in international relations and strategic studies. Since 2013, he has actively contributed to youth, peace, and security initiatives. He founded capacity-building programs across North Africa, the Middle East (MENA), and Europe, collaborating with young people, youth organizations, multilateral institutions, and governments.

Arif is dedicated to fostering meaningful youth inclusion in peacebuilding processes across North Africa during his two-year tenure. He plans to actively engage with young people, governments, and public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders to advance the AU Youth, Peace, and Security (YPS) Agenda. His focus includes developing and implementing national action plans (NAPs) on YPS to ensure sustainable progress towards peace and stability in the region.

Mpule Kgetsi – AYAP, Southern African region


Mpule Kgetsi is the new African Union Youth Ambassador for Peace (AYAP) for the Southern African region. The 32-year-old Botswana national holds a master's in international relations and diplomacy and a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB).

Mpule is the Founder and Executive Director of Women Lead Africa, a youth and women-led NGO that promotes leadership and skills development. With over eight years of experience in women's and youth issues, she has contributed to initiatives promoting women’s rights, gender equality and mainstreaming, peace, and security. She continues to empower women and promote young people’s participation in politics through training and mentoring programmes. She is fluent in English and Setswana.

During her tenure, she looks forward to engaging with member states and all stakeholders in promoting the development of national action plans (NAPs) on youth, peace and security, intersectional approaches to peace, and youth ownership in building a culture of peace and non-violence. She is invested in mainstreaming youth into national and regional peace infrastructures, strengthening youth capacities in election and governance processes, and fostering youth-led partnerships for peace to develop a jointly owned regional strategy on youth, peace and security in Southern Africa.

Simone Mbode Diouf – AYAP, West African region


Simone Mbode Diouf is the new African Union Youth Ambassador for Peace for West Africa. The 27-year-old Senegalese national holds master’s degrees in peace studies, international security and defense and development economics and a bachelor’s degree in history and geography.

She is currently a Program Officer for Africa within the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), an international organisation that promotes global policies on the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) and Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agendas and ensures their effective implementation on the ground through the localization strategy.

Simone is the co-founder and vice president of the Association for the Promotion of Young Women's and Girls’ Leadership in Senegal. She has supported initiatives to advance young people’s political participation, prevent violent extremism in West Africa, and campaign for children’s quality education and equitable vaccine access in Africa.

Fluent in French, Wolof, Serer, and English, she looks forward to promoting youth agency in peacebuilding and supporting YPS coalition building during her tenure. She will also work closely with all stakeholders to develop and implement YPS national action plans (NAPs) and promote local and national initiatives on youth participation in elections and democratization across West Africa.

** The second cohort of African Youth Ambassadors for Peace (AYAP)

**The first cohort of African Youth Ambassadors for Peace (AYAP)

IV.  Major Activities of Y4P


1.      Launch of the youth silencing the guns campaign

On 24 July 2020 the Commissioner for Peace and Security, H.E. Amb. Smail Chergui, officially launch the Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign with the major objective of mobilizing and advancing the efforts of youth for the implementation of the STG agenda.

 https://www.peaceau.org/uploads/cps-keynote-at-youth-stg-launch.pdf

 2.      Commemoration of the International Day of Peace

On 21 September 2020 the Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission in collaboration with the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) will commemorate the International Day of Peace (Peace Day) 2020 on the theme “Youth as Agents for Silencing the Guns and Shaping Peace in Africa”.

https://www.peaceau.org/uploads/final-draft-concept-note-peace-day.pdf

 V.  Documents


1. Continental Framework for Youth, Peace and Security and the 10-Year Implementation Plan

In collaboration with the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), AGA Secretariat and youth Division the framework was finalized, validated (by the PSC Experts, RECs/RMs and the youth in the continent) and adopted by the PSC.

Framework

English: https://peaceau.org/uploads/au-continental-framework-web.pdf

French:https://au.int/sites/default/files/documents/39150-doc cadre_continental_pour_les_jeunes_la_paix_et_la_securite_docx.pdf

Implementation Plan: 

English: https://peaceau.org/uploads/au-implementation-plan-web.pdf  

French:https://au.int/sites/default/files/documents/39148-doc-fr_implementation_plan_for_continental_yps_framework.pdf

2.   A study on the Roles and Contributions of Youth to Peace and Security in Africa

Y4P Africa Program in collaboration with the Youth Division held a methodological workshop with researchers and youth organizations to identify and develop concrete steps and guidelines for the conduct of the study held from 12 to 14 December 2018 in Addis Ababa. It was decided to hire 5 consultants one for each region and hold 5 regional consultations as well as field visits in 10 Member States, two (2) from each region to finalize the continental study of the roles and contributions of youth to Peace and Security in Africa. To get youth to participate in the regional consultations we set out a call for application and received over 1000 applicants, after discussing internally we selected 2 from each 55 countries to participate.

The Y4P Africa Program of the Peace and Security Department conducted five regional consultations with the support of different partners in West Africa in Abuja, Nigeria from 8th to 9th May 2019, Southern Africa held from 21st to 22nd May 2019 in Gaborone, Botswana, East Africa held in Asmara, Eritrea from 10th to 11th June 2019, Central Africa held from 14th to 15th June 2019 in Libreville, Gabon and North Africa held from 3 to 4 August in Tunis, Tunisia. Following the consultations, the report was consolidated and presented to the experts of the PSC at the pre-validation workshop. After the pre-validation, the report has been consolidated the inputs from the experts of the PSC was presented to the RECs/RMs and youth organizations to validate the study. Finally, the Study was endorsed by the PSC on 23 June 2020.

English: https://peaceau.org/uploads/au-study-youth-africa-web.pdf  

French: https://au.int/sites/default/files/documents/39509-doc-final-yps-study-report-french-20-10-2020.pdf

3.      Contacts


Email: Youth4PeaceAfrica@africa-union.org;

            SituationRoom@africa-union.org;

Focal Person:  

                       Ms. Gloria Kabage, GloriaK@africa-union.org;

                       Ms. Nyaboth Paska Alfred, NyabothP@africa-union.org;

                       Mr. Taye Abdulkadir, tayea@africa-union.org