This form allows you to apply to two linked opportunities:

1. The 4th Africa-Europe Youth Summit will bring together more than 120 youth leaders from both continents, including African Diaspora on 2-4 October in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire to agree on a declaration on themes including education, peace & security, environment, business, democratic inclusion and culture.

Criteria for participation:
– Must have citizenship of a European country (member-state of the Council of Europe)
– Age 18-35
– Current involvement in a youth organisation/network
– Experience of implementing an initiative under at least one of the themes
– Prior interest and previous knowledge of Africa-Europe cooperation
– Ability to work in either English or French

2. A follow-up group, the “plug-in initiative” will take the declaration and work between October 30 and November 29 to develop projects on Africa-EU cooperation with concrete deliverables. These will be presented to the AU-EU Summit on November 29-30, also in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, which is itself, focused on youth.

Criteria for participation:
– Availability to dedicate significant time and energy to the initiative (for a period of around 6 weeks in October and November)
– Regular internet access for distance participation
– Preference for experience cooperating in international and multicultural teams

Background information:

African and European youth today have many common challenges such as poverty and limited access to resources, education, healthcare and employment, along with social discrimination, lack of participation in decision-making and conflicts. By bringing together African and European Youth organisations and motivated and engaged young people, the Summit and plug-in initiative will strengthen the direct participation in the political dialogue that shapes our present reality and future outcomes.

The youth organisations involved include the Panafrican Youth Union (PYU), European Youth Forum (YFJ), Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe (AC-CoE), Network of International Youth Organisations in Africa (NIYOA), African Diaspora Youth Network in Europe (ADYNE), African Caribbean and Pacific Young Professionals Network’s (ACP YPN) and African Diaspora Youth Forum in Europe (ADYFE).

**All travel, meals and accommodation expenses are covered for chosen applicants**

Please start your application to participate in the Summit. Participation in Youth Plug-in Initiative is optional in section 6.

Closing date for applications: 6 August 2017

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