It ended quietly, with just a relieved scattering of applause. By the time the first meeting of the Africa-Europe Youth Platform finished, the other rooms in the AU Commission building had long been deserted, its 20 floors of offices long since emptied. We came and we went; and not many people knew what it was really about, if they knew we’d been in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at all.
And what had we agreed on? A minimal set of guidelines, an idea of what needed to be done in the next months – and not much more, in the end.
For two days, some 30 of us, representing youth organisations from Europe and Africa, got together with the idea of creating a new structure that would help youth organisations from the two continents work together and represent the combined voice of European and African youth in global policy-making. Continue reading