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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 08.18 GMT

Youth forum delegates elect New Council leadership


Commonwealth Youth Forum delegates meeting in Hambantota, Sri Lanka on Monday (11) ratified the constitution of the new Commonwealth Youth Council, the official genesis of the largest and most diverse youth body in the world.

On (12) November the Forum delegates - representing young people from all 53 Commonwealth countries - elected the Council’s inaugural nine - member Executive, which will guide and build the fledgling organization over the next two years. The new body will be chaired for the next two years by Ahmed Adamu from Nigeria. The CYC will be the recognized voice of the 1.2bilion young people of the Commonwealth. the Council’s inaugural Executive Council of the CYC who will serve until the next executive of the CYC are:

Chairperson - Ahmed Adamu from Nigeria

Vice chairperson (Policy, Advocacy, and Projects) - Sudharshani Lakshmi from India

Vice chairperson (Partnerships and Resorsers) – Sadham Zarjahan from Sri Lanka

Vice chairperson (Inclusion and Engagement) – Mohamed Husni from Sri Lanka

Regional Representative (Affica and Europe) - Kiziah Philbert from Kenya

Regional Representative (Asia) - Tharika Dileepani from Sri Lanka

Regional Representative (Caribbean and Americas) - Royden Beharry from Grenada

Regional Representative (Pacific) - Harry James from Solomon Islands

Representative (Special Interest Groups) – Wathsala Samarakoon from Sri Lanka

The Council is a youth-led body, collectively representing national youth organisations from each of the 53 Commonwealth countries. It will provide a framework for youth-led development initiatives. The Council was mandated by Commonwealth Heads of Government at their last meeting in Perth, Australia, in 2011.




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