The Second Session of The Specialised Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control (STC-HPDC-2) of the African Union (AU) was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from the 20-24th March 2017 under the theme “ Youth, Health and Development: Overcoming the Challenges towards Harnessing the Demographic Dividend”.  The youth population is growing rapidly in Africa and it is estimated that 68% of the population on the continent are under age 30. 

Hence, the AU Head of States and Government at their 26th Ordinary summit in Addis Ababa on 31stJanuary, 2016 consider as a priority, and as also articulated in the AU Agenda 2063, critical investment to unleash the full potential of African youths to boost socioeconomic development. Within this context, drugs and drug control effort as it affects youth development is now being considered.

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