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  • Promoting youth empowerment

    Young people have a proven capability to lead change, and are a vital and valuable investment for now and the future

  • Youth Ministers Meetings

    The most recent Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting was hosted in Papua New Guinea in 2013

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  • Youth Networks

    The Commonwealth Secretariat places special emphasis on supporting young people to design and drive youth-led initiatives

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  • Youth Awards

    The Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work celebrate young people from Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean and Americas, Africa and Europe

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  • Sport for Development and Peace

    The Commonwealth Secretariat advocates for sport to be used as a vehicle for peace and development

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The Commonwealth’s 53 member countries have a combined population of more than 2 billion, of which more than 60% are under 30 years of age.

The Commonwealth Secretariat sees young people aged 15-29 years-old as assets to a country’s development who should be empowered to realise their potential.

Young people have a proven capability to lead change, and are a vital and valuable investment for now and the future.

Commonwealth Youth Programme

The Commonwealth Secretariat’s youth development work is delivered through the Commonwealth Youth Programme, which has been supporting member countries for over 40 years.

Engaging and recognising young people

  • We support the effective participation of young women and men in development processes and promote their engagement at all levels of decision-making, including with Heads of Government.
  • We showcase and celebrate the achievements of young people in driving democracy and development, to demonstrate their capabilities and inspire further action.

Supporting member governments

  • We provide technical assistance for national and regional youth policies and create youth development frameworks, guidelines and tools.
  • We advocate for increased investments in youth ministries and programmes. 

Professionalising youth work

  • We promote the professionalisation of youth work by supporting youth work education and training and setting competency standards.
  • We celebrate good practice and advocate for national and international youth worker associations.

Latest news

Hold governments to account say young people at small states conference

Abuzz with impassioned conversations, a breakfast session this morning at the Fourth Global Biennial Conference on Small States heard from young people about their perspectives on development challenges.

New initiative for young professionals and students launched by the Commonwealth

Young leaders from around the Commonwealth who are temporarily based in the UK for study or work are to be connected and engaged by ‘CommonTies’, a new initiative launched by the Commonwealth Secretariat today.

Commonwealth experts to ensure sport makes strong contribution to sustainable development

Sport experts and evaluation specialists from across the Commonwealth met this week at Marlborough House, the headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Podcast: Experts debate role of sport in sustainable development

Sport has a role to play in advancing national development, policy leaders, academics and sportspeople concluded during a Commonwealth event marking International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April.