For the adoption of the 'African Union - Youths, Peace, and Security Charter '

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Following the signing of the Joint United Nations – African Union Framework for Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security on 19th April 2017, we call on you to enjoin in this petition to the African Union’s Peace and Security Council to take proactive and consistent steps of engaging and partnering with youths on the African peace and security agenda.

The adoption of the ‘AU – Youths, Peace and Security Charter’ by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council shall urge the African Union forward in implementing the underlying objectives of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 in the African context, leveraging on the demographic dividend provided by the Africa youths collectively, while on the other hand creating a conducive environment for African Youths to be able to solve their own underlying problems related to peace and security.

4 PILLARS of the Charter

Governance and Democracy
1. Urging the African Union to take further steps in implementing youth quotas in commissions and councils working on the issues of the peace and security agenda;
2. Calling on the African Union to take proactive steps for inclusion of African youths as observers in electoral democracy processes;
3. Calling on the African Union to guide its members states to streamline and centralize bureaucratic processes to better support African Youths’ ability to navigate the governance and administration systems by leveraging on the evolving digital infrastructure;
4. Calling on the African Union to guide its members states to make political processes more open and transparent to young people in the respective states, and conducive for their participation;
5. Urging the African Union to openly support UNSCR 2250 and use its good offices to take open, consistent steps in promoting youth participation and enhanced engagement of young people on peace and security;
6. Urging the African Union to actively and consistently organize and participate in trust-building programs, activities and initiatives between the member state governments and youth peacebuilding organizations.

Training and Capacity Building
1. Urging the African Union to actively and consistently engage African youths in multi-lateral and intercultural dialogues that brings together a diversity of actors that include youth organizations, religious leaders, mainstream and grassroot media, community elders and youth from different ethnic backgrounds within and beyond the borders of the member states;
2. Calling on the African Union to guide its members states in lessening the gap between local level and national level actors and organizations working on peace and security agenda.
3. Calling on the African Union to guide its members states providing youths with civic education, electoral democracy and governance/administrative systems;
4. Urging the African Union develop a consortium of youth peacebuilding organizations within Africa in regional grouping to support continuous dialogue and mobilize other youths to participate in peacebuilding through:
-Provision of expert analysis on issues directly from its experience in the field;
-Serve as early warning agents;
-Help in the monitoring and implementation of African Union’s agreements and consents on the peace and security agenda;
-Help in acquisition of critical mass for the African Union’s Peace and Security Council processes;
-Make written and oral statements at these Peace and Security Council sessions and in its policy briefs;
-Organize side events at any of the Peace and Security Council’s engagements, as appropriately considered.;
-Have opportunities to network and lobby with fellow members.

Public Diplomacy
1. Calling on the African Union to guide its members states in creating opportunities for intergenerational dialogue and for young people to learn about their country’s history.
2. Support knowledge sharing and better exchange of information between youth organizations, African Union entities, government actors, community leaders and members of civil society to assist young people’s work on peace and security, enhance collaboration and eliminate overlap, actively engage youth actors and youth-led organizations working in the field of peace and security in Africa contributing to a number of activities including:
-Policy development an advocacy;
-Joint operational projects;
-Participation in intergovernmental and/or multilateral processes; and
-Contribution of services and technical expertise.
3. Calling on the African Union to take proactive steps for inclusion of African youths as observers and mediators in peace dialogues;
4. Urging the African Union develop universal tools that include indicators and frameworks that shall be used in exploring the progress made in the field of youth, peace and security, identify areas of synergy, eliminate non-essential activities and open avenues that will improve the efficiency of youths’ action & inclusion in the African Peace and Security Agenda;
5. Calling on the African Union to support research on youth, peace and security and encourage researchers, governments and civil society to disaggregate data by objective groupings;
6. Calling on the African Union to map youth organizations throughout the continent to enhance collaboration, promote synergy and generate baseline research on the Youth, Peace and security field and create a central repository for this information that is open to the public.

Youth Leadership
1. Urging the African Union to take proactive steps in recognizing and awarding young people for their positive contributions to peace and security, and youth-led organizations considered to have specialized competence, hands-on experience and flexibility that greatly advance the strategic direction of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council;
2. Urging the African Union to create a network of young leaders from the member states who can advocate on behalf of the Peace and Security Council, and additionally proffer independent monitoring and evaluation that will oversee member states’ youth programming and policies

This petition process is referenced as ‘The African Peace Project’



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