The African Youth Commission (AYC) is an independent Pan-African youth network founded by youth leaders to foster synergy amongst youth and youth organisations on the continent and Diaspora. Officially inaugurated on January 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the network is determined and committed to provide a space and voice for youth and youth organisations to set and drive their own agenda, promote the involvement of young people as key partners in the implementation of the Africa 2063 Agenda as well the UN Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, support advocacy actions on the ratification and implementation of the African Youth Charter, other youth rights-based legal instruments and contribute to advancing the AU Shared Values through a network of locally based youth actors.
In accordance with article (11) paragraph (2) of the AYC constitution, the leadership of the AYC through its Secretariat is mandated to plan, prepare and coordinate the Commission’s annual Meetings. To this effect, the first Pan-African Youth Conference on African Unity and Development, and the Annual General Assembly Meeting of the AYC took place in Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia from 22nd to 25th January 2017, the second edition was successfully held in Harare, Republic of Zimbabwe from 23rd to 27th March 2018 and the 3rd edition took place in Banjul, Republic of The Gambia from 23rd to 27th March 2019.
The 4th Pan-African Youth Conference on African Unity and Development, and the Annual General Assembly Meeting of the AYC is expected to be held from 23 to 27 March 2020, in one of the member States of the African Union. For 2020, priority will be given to member states in Northern and Central Africa regions as member countries in East, Southern and West Africa regions already hosted the previous editions in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
In line with our core values of Pan-Africanism and Inclusivity, the Secretariat is hereby making an open call and pleased to invite member states of the African Union to submit expression of interest to the AYC Secretariat for consideration.