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Tuesday, November 05, 2013 - 06.02 GMT

Commonwealth Youth Forum Begins Nov. 10

 

The 9th Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF9) will be inaugurated Nov. 10 at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Hambantota.

CYF9 is one of the three main meetings to be held on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013. The biannual forum provides a platform for youth leaders across the Commonwealth to exchange ideas and cultures, to build skills and network, and to work towards identifying the most vital challenges and opportunities facing young people today.

CYF9, held under the theme of “Inclusive Development: Stronger Together,” will be inaugurated by Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka. The five-day forum will mark the formal beginning of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as the official voice for young people in the Commonwealth. During CFY9, the CYC Constitution will be ratified and office bearers elected. The new executive will then hold a dialogue with leaders attending CHOGM during the same week in Colombo.

The youth delegates will also be involved in community service activities, attend an Awareness Walk for World Diabetes Day, and participate in the CHOGM 2013 Tree Planting Ceremony.

The CYF is supported by Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development and the National Youth Services Council of Sri Lanka, the Youth Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council. It is one of the three parallel events taking place during CHOGM and will wrap up on Nov. 14.


Programme of the Commonwealth Youth Forum 2013


Sunday, 10th November, 2013

• Welcome speech by Sri Lanka’s Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development

• Address by the Commonwealth Secretary-General

• Address by the Chief Guest, H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa

• 1st Plenary Session: “Youth in Post 2015 Development Agenda”

• Working Group Session: “Commonwealth Youth Council Working Group Report”

• Daily Media Briefing


Monday, 11th November, 2013

• 2nd Plenary Session: “Youth Work Professionalisation”

• Concurrent Thematic Sessions(3 sessions in parallel):

o Well-being and Economic Growth

o Education Fit for Purpose

o Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

• Policy Working Group Sessions (4 sessions in parallel):

o Youth in Post 2015 Agenda

o Well-being and Economic Growth

o Education Fit for Purpose

o Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

• Commonwealth Youth Council Election Preliminaries

• Daily Media Briefing


Tuesday, 12th November. 2013

• Concurrent Thematic Sessions (3 sessions in parallel):

o Gender Equity

o Generating Quality in Youth Employment

o Reconciliation and Social Cohesion

• Policy Working Group Sessions (4 sessions in parallel):

o Professionalizing of Youth Work

o Gender Equity

o Generating Quality Youth Employment

o Reconciliation and Social Cohesion

• Commonwealth Youth Council election

• Daily Media Briefing


Wednesday, 13th November, 2013

• Policy Debates

• Daily Media Briefing

• Community Service Activities


Thursday, 14th November, 2013

• Commonwealth Youth Council Installation Ceremony

• Arrival of H.E. the President of Sri Lanka and other Heads-of-Government

• Presentation of Final Recommendations by Youth Delegates


 

 
 
   
   
     
   
   

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