African youth need an education and jobs

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Youth education and employment are key to progress in Africa, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose Migiro told heads of State at an African Union Summit in Equatorial Guinea.

Migiro says at least 60% of Africa's total population is below 25.

Many young people on the continent are frustrated from political, economic and social exclusion, she says.

But their leaders can defuse the "youth time bomb", Migiro adds.

"While many countries on the continent have made progress, youth employment remains a critical challenge. So there will also be an emphasis for countries to put in place policies and programmes for youth empowerment and youth employment."

Meanwhile, African leaders are meeting just nine days before South Sudan becomes the world's newest nation.

Asha-Rose Migiro hails it as a "milestone" for the continent.

On Libya, she urges the international community to speak as one and deliver a clear and consistent message to warring parties.

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