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General Assembly of the Commonwealth Youth Council at the Commonwealth Youth Forum in 2018

General Assembly of the Commonwealth Youth Council at the Commonwealth Youth Forum in 2018

Your chance to join the Commonwealth Youth Council

10 February 2020

Nominations are open for 9 youth leaders to represent the Commonwealth’s 1.4 billion young people on the Commonwealth Youth Council.

Have you got what it takes to be one of them?

Open positions

The open positions are:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice-Chairperson – Inclusion and Engagement
  • Vice-Chairperson – Partnerships and Resources
  • Vice-Chairperson – Policy and Advocacy
  • Regional Representative – Africa and Europe
  • Regional Representative – Asia
  • Regional Representative – Caribbean and Americas
  • Regional Representative – Pacific
  • Representative – Special Interest Groups (any region)

Full job descriptions (PDF)

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Commonwealth Youth council you must:

  • have least 3 years of experience working with a national youth council or youth-led organisation
  • be a Commonwealth citizen
  • be aged 15-27

Nomination and election

Nominations must be in by 20 March 2020.

You need to be nominated by a national youth council or youth-led organisation.

Apply now to join the Commonwealth Youth Council

Shortlisted candidates will start campaigning from 17 April 2020.

You must be able to attend the Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) in Kigali, Rwanda, 20 to 23 June 2020, where elections will take place.

What you’ll do

If you are elected to the Commonwealth Youth Council, you will:

  • serve from 2020 to 2022
  • join and organise workshops, forums and advisory panels
  • help make policy recommendations.

Message from the Commonwealth Secretary-General

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said: “The Commonwealth Youth Council draws together talent from all our regions, and provides a forum to focus and amplify the voices of young people.

“Its representatives combine ambition with action, and enable the needs and expectations of youth in our member countries to be heard.

“This helps equip the Commonwealth to tackle pressing social, economic and political issues, and alerts us to emerging global trends so that we can prepare collectively to deliver a common future that is fairer and safer for all.”

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