Youth Leaders Forum – 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting

The Commonwealth Secretariat will convene the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (9CYMM) in Kampala, Uganda from 31st July – 4th August 2017 under the theme Resourcing and Financing Youth Development: Empowering Young People.

CYMM is held every four years and is the most important Commonwealth conference for deliberation on the Commonwealth youth development agenda and its relationship to other sustainable development priorities. The meeting brings together Youth Ministers, senior government officials, youth representatives, youth workers and other youth development stakeholders from across the Commonwealth.

As a key input into this Ministerial Meeting, a Youth Leaders Forum (31st July – 1st August) will be hosted as a space for dialogue by youth leaders and youth development stakeholders to consolidate key outcomes to the (9CYMM).

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The Youth Leaders Forum is being planned and delivered by a joint task force made up of the Commonwealth Youth Council in partnership with the Uganda National Youth Council, and the thematic Commonwealth Youth Networks supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

The 9CYMM will focus on the critical resources and building blocks necessary to achieve tangible results for young people through to 2030, and the Youth Leaders Forum will focus on discussing issues and solutions through a youth lens.

For youth leaders, the Forum and the opportunity to engage with Ministers at 9CYMM provide a pathway to influence critical decision-makers in the youth development sector. The Youth Leaders’ Forum will bring together a diverse range of youth led organisations, stakeholders and development partners in youth development and resourcing/financing.

The Forum aligns with the Commonwealth’s principle of meaningful youth participation in policy deliberations. To this effect, the invitation letter to 9CYMM, distributed recently to all Commonwealth Ministers of Youth, includes a request for two youth delegates to be included in their official delegations. As well as participating in the Youth Leaders’ Forum, the youth delegates will participate in the Ministerial meeting and their representative (from the Commonwealth Youth Council and Uganda National Youth Council) will have a seat at the table with Ministers with full speaking rights.

The Youth Forum will review outcomes of the regional Youth Leaders’ Forums held prior to regional CYMMs in 2015; review outcomes of the Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) held prior to the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting; and propose critical areas of focus for the Commonwealth Youth Council and thematic Commonwealth Youth Networks in the lead up to the 2018 CYF.

The Youth Leaders Forum will be held at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort in Kampala, Uganda.

To apply

Attendance will be on a self-funded basis. Click below for registration form including areas of your work related to the theme.

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The deadline to register your interest is June 10th 2017.

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