Didier Drogba meets with French President Emmanuel Macron

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on African and European leaders to place youth issues within their priorities in order to maintain peace in the two continents, stressing the need for increased cooperation among African countries to be able to fight terrorism, with the strong support of the United Nations and the European Union. The 5th African Union-European Union Summit started on Wednesday in Abidjan, economic capital of Cote d'Ivoire, with "investing in youth for a sustainable future" as its theme.

According to AfricaNews, Drogba has held meetings with officials from both Africa and Europe, presenting a common position on youth challenges.

A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said that he will again on December 2-3, 2017, join other Heads of State in Aqaba, Jordan, to review strategies in fighting terrorism, and reinforce joint security structures that will be more proactive in preventing attacks.

On the other hand, Donald Tusk, president of the European Council has described what is happening in Libya as "scary", insisting that the situation "requires assistance".


Six in ten Africans are under the age of 25. The ensuing high youth unemployment has fueled protests in some African countries and supplied illegal migration to Europe.

"It is not acceptable that the best African talents should be coveted by Europe and found on the benches of prestigious schools as much as in businesses on the continent, without regard for the investment made by the country of origin in terms of training", he said.

The president has stressed that in addressing this human tragedy, leaders need to examine its root causes such as environmental degradation, insecurity and instability, climate change and the lack of economic opportunity.

-E.U. summit is to invest "in the youth for a sustainable future".

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