The African Union Constitutive Act and the African Union Commission strategic plan 2004-2007 give due priority to youth development and empowerment. They underscore the importance of youth participation and involvement in the development of the continent. Indeed, Africa’s renaissance cannot be realized if adequate investment is not made in the youth who constitute about 40 percent of the African population. To give substance to this commitment to the development of African youth, the AU has since developed a policy framework in the form of the African Youth Charter, which prescribes responsibilities to Member States for the development of youth. The Summit of Heads of State and Government adopted this Charter at their Summit in Banjul in July 2006.
The UN Security Council Resolution on Youth, Peace and Security adopted Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security in 2015. Below is a helpful infographic. You can also read the full resolution and other key documents here.
The UN Strategy on Youth – Youth 2030 launched in 2018, which aspires to consolidate UN System action at all levels, to address the needs, build the agency and advance the rights of young people in all their diversity around the world, as well as to ensure their engagement in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Baku Commitment to Youth Policies,adopted in 2014 at the First Global Forum on Youth Policies (Baku, Azerbaijan), co-organised by UNESCO, the Office of the SG’s Envoy on Youth, UNDP, Council of Europe, Youth Policy Labs and the government of Azerbaijan. It is the first global document that highlights a set of fundamental principles for Youth policy development.
The Lisbon Declaration on Youth Policies and Programmes, adopted by the Ministers Responsible for Youth at the 1998 World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth, convened by the Government of Portugal, in cooperation with the United Nations, in Lisbon. The Declaration is currently the only such global document that focuses specifically on the content of youth policies.
The “World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond(WPAY)”, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1995. It is the first global blueprint for effective National Youth Policies. It provides a policy framework and practical guidelines for national action and international support to improve the situation of youth around the world.