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Youth Ministers Meetings

The Commonwealth Secretariat convenes a four-yearly Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (CYMM), including a Youth Leaders Forum and Stakeholders Forum.

The meeting enables government ministers and senior officials to share good practices, debate emerging issues, take stock of pioneering initiatives and forge new partnerships for resourcing youth development. 

The recommendations from each Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting are considered by leaders at the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting

The 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (9CYMM) was held between 31 July and 4 August 2017 in Kampala, Uganda. In their joint communique, the youth ministers agreed to mainstream youth priorities across all stages of policy-making. Ministers also agreed to promote the professionalisation of youth work, social entrepreneurship and innovative financing mechanisms. Read the communique.

Earlier meetings:

8th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting

The 8th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (8CYMM) was hosted by Papua New Guinea in 2013. Major outcomes included the launch of the Commonwealth Youth Council and a proposal to reserve special seats in parliaments for young people. Read the communique.

This meeting led to the Magampura Commitment to Young People by leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka later in 2013.

7th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Metting

Youth ministers met in Sri Lanka from 27 to 30 April 2008. Read the communique

6th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting

Youth ministers convened in The Bahamas from 24 to 26 May 2006. Read the communique

5th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting

Youth ministers met in Botswana from 27 to 30 May 2003. Read the communique

4th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting

Youth ministers met in Solomon Islands from 24 to 26 May 2000. Read the communique

3rd Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting

Youth ministers convened in Malaysia from 27 to 30 May 1998. Read the communique

2nd Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting

Youth ministers met in Trinidad and Tobago from 17 to 19 May 1995. Read the communique

1st Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting

Youth ministers convened in Maldives for their inaugural meeting in 1992. Read the communique

Regional Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meetings

In 2015, youth ministers met to review regional priorities at four regional meetings held in Cameroon, Antigua and Barbuda, India, and Samoa.