The Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF)

The Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF)

The Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) is a prime opportunity to amplify the voices of young people and ensure their perspectives are heard and taken into account by those at the highest levels of decision making. Convened in the week leading up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, it allows Commonwealth youth to build cross-cultural connections and networks; deliberate on youth-led strategies to address emerging issues impacting young people; and propose meaningful recommendations to the Heads of Government meeting.

The CYF theme will capture the aspirations and ambitions of young people and promote their involvement in devising solutions to complex global challenges and shaping a prosperous and inclusive future.

The Forum will include plenary discussions and action planning breakout sessions, focussed around CHOGM’s themes on ‘Delivering a Common Future: connecting, innovating, transforming’.

The Youth Forum incorporates the CYC General Assembly (the highest decision making gathering of young people in the Commonwealth) and elections for the nine executive positions on the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC). The CYC General Assembly enables young people to take stock of the progress of youth-led action in addressing development challenges. It is the recognised voice of over 1.2 billion young people from all across the Commonwealth, advocating on their behalf on issues such as climate change, employment, access to education and gender equality.

PROGRAMME

KIGALI, RWANDA | 22 – 23 June 2020

Venue: Intare Conference Arena, Kigali

Delivering a Common Future: Taking Charge of Our Future

Day One: Sunday 21 June 2020

09:00 – 09:45  Opening Ceremony

09:45 – 10:45  Plenary Session: Taking Charge of Our Future

10:45 – 11:30  Networking Break

11:30 – 13:00  Parallel Breakout Sessions: Thematic Action Plans

  1. Trade
  2. Technology and Innovation
  3. Youth
  4. Governance and the Rule of Law
  5. Environment

13:00 – 14:30  Lunch & Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) Election Hustings

14:30 – 15:30  Parallel Breakout Sessions: Thematic Action Plans

  1. Trade
  2. Technology and Innovation
  3. Youth
  4. Governance and the Rule of Law
  5. Environment

15:30 – 16:15  Networking Break

16:15 – 17:30  Parallel Sessions

  • Building Resilient Communities
  • Townhall with a Philanthropist

18:00 – 20:00  Pop-up Marketplace: Food, Art, and Entertainment by Rwandan DJs

 Day Two: Monday 22 June 2020

09:00 – 09:10  Keynote Speakers

09:10 – 11:00  The Economic Imperative: Skills Development for 21st Century Job (Panel Session)

11:00 – 11:30  Networking Break

11:30 – 13:00  Parallel Breakout Sessions: Thematic Action Plans

  1. Trade
  2. Technology and Innovation
  3. Youth
  4. Governance and the Rule of Law
  5. Environment

13:00 – 14:30  Lunch & CYC Election Hustings

14:30 – 16:00  Plenary Session: Youth Championing Innovation for Transformation and Development

16:30 – 18:00  Plenary Session: Co-Creating Intergenerational Spaces in Decision-Making

18:00 – 20:00  Election Debates

 Day Three: Tuesday 23 June 2020

09:00 – 11:30  CYC General Assembly

11:00 – 11:45  Networking Break

11:45 – 13:00  CYC General Assembly (Continued)

13:00 – 14:30  Lunch

14:30 – 15:30  CYC General Assembly (Continued)

15:30 – 16:00  Announcement of CYC Election Results

16:00 – 17:00  Networking Break

17:00 – 18:00  Closing Ceremony and Installation of New CYC Executives

 Day Three: Tuesday 23 June 2020

09:00 – 11:30  CYC General Assembly

11:00 – 11:45  Networking Break

11:45 – 13:00  CYC General Assembly (Continued)

13:00 – 14:30  Lunch

14:30 – 15:30  CYC General Assembly (Continued)

15:30 – 16:00  Announcement of CYC Election Results

16:00 – 17:00  Networking Break

17:00 – 18:00  Closing Ceremony and Installation of New CYC Executives