NATIONAL YOUTH DELEGATE FOR CANADA
12th COMMONWEALTH YOUTH FORUM
DEADLINE – FRIDAY MARCH 13th, 2020 – 11:59PM EST
The Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada (RCS Canada) invites you to submit your application to attend the 12th Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) as one of two accredited Canadian delegates. The Forum will take place in Kigali City – Rwanda, from 21-23 June 2020. If you are a young person between the ages of 18 and 29 and have experience in youth advocacy and development, apply today!
Application information can be found at the bottom of this page.
WHAT IS THE COMMONWEALTH?
- The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal sovereign states and is home to 2.4 billion people, and includes both advanced economies and developing countries.
- Thirty members are small states, many of which are island nations.
- Shared values and principles across all members are inscribed in the Commonwealth Charter.
- Member countries are supported by a network of more than 80 intergovernmental, civil society, cultural, and professional organisations.
- The last country to join the Commonwealth was Rwanda in 2009. Maldives rejoined the Commonwealth in 2020.
Learn more about the Commonwealth from the governing body, the Commonwealth Secretariat: http://thecommonwealth.org/
WHAT IS THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH FORUM?
The Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) provides an opportunity for the young people of the Commonwealth to build cross-cultural connections and networks, debate the challenges facing its young people, and agree youth-lead initiatives to influence decision makers and ensure young people have a voice in its future.
The agenda for the Commonwealth Youth Forum is developed by an International Taskforce, made up of young leaders from across the Commonwealth, working in partnership with the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC).
The Youth Forum also incorporates the CYC General Assembly and elections.
The outcomes of the Youth Forum are outlined in a communiqué that will be presented to Commonwealth leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting directly following the end of the Commonwealth Youth Forum.
More information about the 12th CYF can be found here: https://www.chogm2018.org.uk/youth-forum
WHAT IS THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH COUNCIL?
The origins of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) lie within the Commonwealth Youth Forum. The CYF has been taking place alongside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), and brings together national youth delegates (up to 2 from each country) to discuss and identify the key issues for youth within the Commonwealth. The outcome document from each CYF is Youth Declaration and is presented to the Heads of Government on behalf of the youth of the Commonwealth.
In 2013, the youth identified that instead of having a one-time event to present this information, it was necessary to create a body that could advocate on behalf of youth of the Commonwealth to Heads of Government on a consistent basis. Therefore, at the CYF in Sri Lanka, national youth delegates approved the creation of the CYC and elected the first Executive positions. The Executive positions are 2 year terms to be elected by the national youth delegates at each CYF. The role of the Executive is to advocate for the demands/issues in the CYF outcome document/agenda – through partnerships with governments and youth organizations, and through support/initiating/promoting programs, campaigns and activities that support the Agenda.
Since then, the CYC has found that it needed further support and engagement from Commonwealth youth. Therefore, in 2015 the CYC initiated the role of National Youth Delegates (NYDs) which indicates that the 2 youth representatives sent from each Commonwealth country hold 2 year terms along with their elected CYC. This is to assist in promoting the work of the CYC across the Commonwealth but also to have representatives in each country that could initiate actionable items from the outcome document/Agenda.
Learn more about the CYC:
Send your application and any questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org