It is clear that the current financing arrangement for the African Union dependent on assessed contributions of African Union Member States and Partner funds is no longer adequate, sustainable and reliable to meet the growing financing needs of the Union.
Doha, QATAR –2 July 2011: As the World Conference of Science Journalists 2011 (WCSJ 2011) concluded in Qatar last week, delegates spoke on their experience attending the conference, which was sponsored by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development for its first edition in the Middle East.
The Heads of State and Government of the African Union, meeting at their 17th Ordinary Session in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, started their Summit agenda with the placing of the foundation stone of the AOSTI.
The choice of the theme of the Summit, “Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”, is apt because of the worrying truth that Africa’s young people lack adequate preparation and guidance to cope in a rapidly changing world.
The UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the ECA, Mr. Janneh called for sustained youth mobilization “to get out the message of sustainable development, as they have the greatest stake in the future sustainability of our planet”.