The seventeenth session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, from 30 June to 1 July 2011, on the theme "Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development" adopted a Declaration on job creation to accelerate the development and empowerment of youth. This statement comes seven years after the Ouagadougou Summit 2004 on employment promotion and poverty reduction. It reaffirms the commitment of African states to work tirelessly against youth unemployment in Africa to contribute, in a sustainable way, to the professional integration of young people in development programs in Africa. It places particular emphasis on a number of objectives and requires greater involvement of public employment services. That is why, during the Africa Regional Workshop Area of the World Association of Public Employment Services (WAPES) held in Nairobi (Kenya) from 18 to 20 April 2012, it was recommended that Directors General of Public Employment Services in Africa should meet in Cotonou (Benin) and design a good ownership and implementation of the Declaration of Malabo. During this meeting, in the wake of discussions initiated already in Nairobi and focused on the organization of the PES and the provision of services to young people, participants will discuss issues including the objectives of the African Union. They will also reflect on the operational strategies to involve the regional and national levels and to assess which means are needed.
15.11.2012 to 17.11.2012
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