Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on “The New Urban Agenda and Demographic Dividend: Investing in Africa’s Youth”
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Dakar, Senegal

Date: 25 March, 2017

Time: 9:30 – 11:30

Venue: King Fahd Hotel, B01


Africa has the largest concentration of young people in the world. The continent’s youth is expected to constitute over 830 million of its anticipated general population of 2.5 billion by 2050. Population growth has an enormous effect on urban planning. Therefore, the processes of urbanization and population growth, and the potential and risks embedded therein, present invaluable opportunities and challenges for Africa to realize the demographic dividend its policy makers hope for - unlocking structural transformation for the entire continent.


The overall objective of the EGM is to engage decision makers in Africa on strategies to implement the New Urban Agenda and reap Africa’s demographic dividend. The EGM will discuss the interlinkage of the growing youth segment of Africa’s population and its impact on sustainable urbanisation, especially in light of the opportunities and challenges of implementing the New Urban Agenda in Africa.

Target audience

-          Ministers and other government officials

-          Senior officials of United Nations System

-          Representatives of the private sector, civil society, and academia. 

For further information please contact:

Ms. Juliet Wasswa-Mugambwa, Tel: (+1) 212-963-9576 Email: wasswa-mugambwa@un.org

Ms. Edlam Abera Yemeru, Tel: +251-115-44-3975, Email: EYemeru@uneca.org