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A Young Commonwealth

The Commonwealth theme for 2015 is: ‘A Young Commonwealth’.

"A Young Commonwealth recognises the capacity, contribution and potential of young people, who play a vital role at the heart of sustainable development and democracy," said Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma.

"The Commonwealth is also a family of dynamic countries at the forefront of innovation, growth and contributing global value. As a diverse and increasingly connected global network, we bring fresh perspectives and new ideas.” 

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Events & Programmes

Events and programmes will continue to be added to this page throughout the year.

Young Professionals Programme at the Commonwealth Secretariat , London
Ongoing

Young Professionals will be recruited at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, taking up two-year positions in divisions such as Economic Policy, Rule of Law, Human Resources and Youth. During this time, they will provide technical and administrative support to programmes and operations, and benefit from professional development and mentoring. Recruitment will be staggered over the next few months. To be eligible, applicants must be Commonwealth nationals, be 27 years or younger at the time of application, and possess a level of qualifications and experience relevant to each role.

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The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards - London, UK
13 January 2015

Part of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, the Award celebrates the achievements of young people across the Commonwealth who are taking the lead in supporting others, raising awareness and inspiring change on a variety of issues including: education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.

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Cameroon National Youth Forum - Yaoundé, Cameroon 
27-29 January 2015

700 young people from across Cameroon will meet to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the young people of the country, and engage with Regional Youth Leaders and Ministers to put forward their recommendations and ways they can contribute to taking Cameroon towards being an emerging economy nation by 2035. 

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Africa Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting & Youth Leaders Forum - Yaoundé, Cameroon
8-10 February 2015

Ministers responsible for youth, senior government officials, representative youth leaders, and invited youth development stakeholders from across the Africa and Europe region convene to focus on regional and global youth development challenges and opportunities, especially in the lead up to new global post 2015 development framework being agreed.

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Regional Finalists of Commonwealth Youth Awards - London, UK
10 February 2015 

The sixteen finalists in the annual Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development are announced, recognising the great work that young people are doing across the Commonwealth to drive forward national development. 

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Commonwealth Youth Awards Ceremony - Princess Alexandrea Hall at the Royal Over-Seas House, London, UK 
10 March 2015

The regional and pan- Commonwealth winners of the Youth Awards for Excellence in Development are announced as part of Commonwealth Week at an official ceremony in Marlborough House. These awards recognise young people whose commitment to development work within a Commonwealth country has made a difference to the lives of others.

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Caribbean Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting & Youth Leaders Forum - Antigua & Barbuda
28-30 April 2015

Ministers responsible for youth, senior government officials, representative youth leaders, and invited youth development stakeholders from across the Caribbean region convene to focus on regional and global youth development challenges and opportunities, especially in the lead up to new global post 2015 development framework being agreed.

Commonwealth Students Congress – Nassau, Bahamas
22-26 June 2015

Students from across the Commonwealth meet alongside the 19th Commonwealth Council for Education Ministers to the discuss issues of critical importance to achieving progress in education. 

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Commonwealth Countries League Education Fund - London
12 July 2015

The British 10K Run, also known as “The World’s Greatest Road Race Route” is an annual spectacular race through central London. Runners will pass many of the capital’s iconic and historic landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, St. Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Every year in July, thousands take part in the race including a team of enthusiastic supporters for the Commonwealth Countries League Education Fund (CCLEF).

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Asia Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting - Delhi, India
28-30 July 2015

Ministers responsible for youth, senior government officials, representative youth leaders, and invited youth development stakeholders from across the Asia and Europe regions convene to focus on regional and global youth development challenges and opportunities, especially in the lead up to new global post 2015 development framework being agreed and International Youth Day.

International Youth Day - Worldwide
12 August 2015

International Youth Day is celebrated each year to recognise efforts of the world’s youth in enhancing global society. It aims to promote ways to engage young people in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities. 

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Pacific Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting & Youth Leaders Forum – Apia, Samoa
1-3 September 2015

Ministers responsible for youth affairs, senior government officials, representative youth leaders, and invited youth development stakeholders from across the Pacific region convene to focus on regional and global youth development challenges and opportunities, especially in the lead up to new global post 2015 development framework being agreed.

Commonwealth Youth Games – Apia, Samoa
5-11 September 2015

Up to 1,000 young athletes aged 14-18 from 71 Commonwealth counties compete in the fifth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games. 

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