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Recommendations: AU-EU Summit Declaration

Overview

In the context of the upcoming AU-EU Summit in Abidjan and the draft Declaration released by the AU, Plan International put forward some recommendations to strengthen the final outcome document from the Summit later this month.

First and foremost, while we recognise that the focus is on youth, we noticed that children are almost completely overlooked in the draft Declaration. Since investing in children is key for investments in youth to be most productive, we would urge the EU to rectify this omission and consider introducing both political and financial commitments to this end (including in the “joint priority projects”).

Secondly, the draft Declaration is largely gender neutral, in the sense that women are mentioned and considered in a number of issues, but no gender transformative approaches are proposed which would address the fundamental social norms and discrimination underpinning gender inequality in Africa. We therefore make recommendations in this regard in the following sections.

Lastly, insufficient attention is given to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is critical for achieving the necessary transformations in the social, economic and environmental dimensions. This is the case whether one considers the specific goal areas or the principles underpinning the 2030 Agenda, such as “leaving no one behind”. That principle should be mainstreamed throughout the final Declaration as a key objective of all AU-EU commitments and joint projects, with a special focus on girls and women.

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Executive Summary

Executive Summary

First and foremost, while we recognise that the focus is on youth, we noticed that children are almost completely overlooked in the draft Declaration. Since investing in children is key for investments in youth to be most productive, we would urge the EU to rectify this omission and consider introducing both political and financial commitments to this end (including in the “joint priority projects”).

Secondly, the draft Declaration is largely gender neutral, in the sense that women are mentioned and considered in a number of issues, but no gender transformative approaches are proposed which would address the fundamental social norms and discrimination underpinning gender inequality in Africa. We therefore make recommendations in this regard in the following sections.

Lastly, insufficient attention is given to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is critical for achieving the necessary transformations in the social, economic and environmental dimensions. This is the case whether one considers the specific goal areas or the principles underpinning the 2030 Agenda, such as “leaving no one behind”. That principle should be mainstreamed throughout the final Declaration as a key objective of all AU-EU commitments and joint projects, with a special focus on girls and women.


Dowload the document to see our full recommendations on various sections of the draft Declaration.

  • Our recommendations