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Apply to attend the Commonwealth Youth Forum

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St Pauls' Bay, Malta
21-25 November 2015

Are you a youth leader aged between 18 and 29 years and have experience in youth advocacy or development? Submit an application to attend this international event!

Applications must be completed by 31 August 2015.

Successful applicants will be responsible for organising and paying for their own flights to Malta, but will be provided with accommodation, meals and on-ground travel for the duration of the Commonwealth Youth Forum. Successful candidates must also hold a valid passport and obtain a visa for entry to the country. Visas must be obtained before departure.

How do I apply?
Complete the online form to apply. See: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/cyf10/

Successful applicants should:

  • Be a recognised member of a national youth-led body, or represent a youth organisation or special interest group (such as indigenous young people, young people with disabilities, rural youth, young people from diaspora communities, LGBTQI etc.)
  • Demonstrate an interest in global and Commonwealth issues and working with other young people towards the success of local, regional youth organisations, as well as the Commonwealth Youth Council and its continuation.
  • Be committed to working in their respective countries with youth leaders, young people, youth organisations and special interest group as part of the preparatory work prior to attending and after the forum. This includes disseminating learnings and engaging with the Commonwealth Youth Council and other stakeholders to assist implement outcomes from the forum.
  • Be dedicated to strengthening dialogue between young people of the Commonwealth.
  • Be a citizen of a Commonwealth country.

About the Commonwealth Youth Forum

The Commonwealth Youth Forum, hosted by the Government of Malta, and co-organised with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Youth Council, is one of the four fora held just before CHOGM to help set the agenda for the actual meeting between Heads of Government.

The event brings together youth leaders from across the Commonwealth to exchange ideas and share experiences, build skills and networks, identify the most vital challenges and opportunities facing young people today, and make recommendations to decision makers at the highest level.

What will the forum achieve?

The Forum provides a platform for young people to have their say during the biennial CHOGM summit on what issues should be tackled by the Commonwealth.

The meeting:
• is an opportunity for young people to set and manage their own agenda, contributing to development and democracy work in the Commonwealth
• is a demonstration and celebration of the role and contribution of young people in promoting democracy and development
• aims to promote meaningful cultural exchange and cooperation among young people across the Commonwealth

The theme for the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Forum is “Adding Global Value…#WhatNext?”.
Following closely the main CHOGM theme, this Youth Forum will aim to challenge and promote the role of the Commonwealth in adding global value, and, importantly, the role that young people will have in achieving this vision.

Subthemes for the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Forum focus on education, youth employment, entrepreneurship, sustainable development, climate change, ICT, health, human rights, youth policy and youth work. For the first time, the outcome document from the forum will feature concrete policy proposals which can be readily adopted by the National Youth Councils, Commonwealth countries themselves, or by the Commonwealth.

For more information about the Commonwealth Youth Forum and its themes, see: https://chogm2015.mt/fora/youthforum

For information about the #WhatNext? campaign, see: http://thecommonwealth.org/media/news/whatnext-social-media-campaign-young-people-influence-chogm-2015

To apply, complete the online form at: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/cyf10/

For information on the application process, email: cyf@commonwealth.int

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