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ISS Seminar, Addis Ababa: Analysis of the Outcomes of the 17th African Union Summit
Date: 6 July 2011
Venue: , Institute for Security Studies, Get House Building, Africa Avenue, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The African Conflict Prevention Programme (ACPP) of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Addis Ababa Office cordially invites you to a public seminar entitled Analysis of the Outcomes of the 17th African Union Summit on the them "Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development   

In July 2006, the African Union Heads of States and Governments that met in Banjul, Gambia, endorsed the African Youth Charter (AYC). The Charter is the political and legal document which serves as the strategic framework that gives direction for youth empowerment and development at continental, regional and national levels.  At the continental level, the African leaders adopted and approved the AYC, which as of today 37 countries have singed and 24 have also ratified.  AYC, which entered into force on 8 August 2010, is a comprehensive framework that addresses the rights and obligations of young people.  It also constitutes the social contract between the State and the Youths that responds to the priority needs regarding their empowerment and development.  The African population is estimated to be more than a billion people of whom over 60% are young women and men under the age of 35.  In light of the great potential, dynamism, resourcefulness, resiliency, and aspiration of African youth, the continent continues to face daunting challenges of maximizing benefits from this critical social capital through adequately investing in youth empowerment and development.    

Moreover, the summit is also expected to look at other important and current issues affecting African peace and security issues including the situation in South Sudan, Somalia, Libya, the AU Commission on International Law legal opinion on the airstrikes of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Libya and the North Africa uprisings among other issues. The seminar will also discuss the silent features and decision of the AU on these important issues.

The aim of the seminar is therefore to consider these and other questions and analyzes the outcome of the 17th African Union Summit.

The ACPP-Addis strives to promote and improve the quality of conflict prevention strategies and approaches in Africa.  The ACPP-Addis Ababa complements the work of the member states of the African Union and the activities of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) in Addis Ababa. The programme works in partnership with stakeholders and key actors, in its endeavor to address peace and security challenges through the prevention and resolutions of conflicts. Thus, the ACPP-Addis Ababa is actively engaged in thematic studies related to the aforementioned issues.

The ISS Public Seminar Series is a part of the ACPP-Addis Ababa effort at consensus building by providing a platform for sharing information, encouraging policy debates and dialogue on Africa`s peace and security as well as development and environmental agenda. The aim is to stimulate quality discussion, in-depth and constructive interaction between participants. Presenters will be drawn from the diplomatic community, civil society, and the research community.


Ambassador H.E Dr. Fernanando Montcho (Tbc)
Benin Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union


Ambassador Olusegun Akinsanya
Director, ISS-Addis Office 

Mr. Ibrahima Kane
African Union Advocacy Director
Open Society Institute

Mr. Desire Assogbavi
Pan African Senior Policy Analyst
Oxfam, African Union Liaison Office
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  

Please note that discussions occur under the ISS Rules, which means no attribution without specific permission.


Institute for Security Studies
Get House Building
Africa Avenue
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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