The 2017 Commonwealth Logo & Theme Launch

The Commonwealth Youth Council hosted the 2017 Commonwealth Theme & Logo Launch held at the Royal Commonwealth Society, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event was attended by Mr. Paul Galae (Honorary Consul of Malta to Malaysia), Her Excellency Dr. ‘Mabaputhi Moorosi (High Commissioner of Lesotho to Malaysia), Dr. Henry Savarimuthu (Honorary Consul of Vanuatu to Malaysia), His Excellency Victor Samuel Ngele (High Commissioner of Solomon Islands to Malaysia) and representatives from other High Commissions and Honorary Consuls to Malaysia.

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Social Agenda

Mandate

  1. All member states to extend access to free universal early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary education of the highest quality for young people, based on the principles of equality and non-discrimination and ensuring equal and equitable access to education at all levels. In particular, we ask states to prioritise gender responsive policies and implement programmes to promote the right of young girls to have a chance at accessing quality education and to create and/or enforce anti-discrimination legislation and enhance education policies, curricula and systems to include students with special learning needs and disabilities.
  1. All member states to increase the recognition and availability of non-formal education and vocational education, including volunteer schemes and Information and Communication Technology apprenticeships, as an effective means of empowerment and skills transfer.
  1. All member states to develop strategies, investment and best practice to enhance youth work; promote full labour rights of youth workers; and ensure the minimum professional standards of youth work.
  2. All member states to support youth work education across the Commonwealth, promote the formalisation of youth work as a profession, and include youth development work as a priority area for scholarships and remuneration Colombo Declaration on Youth (2014); World Conference on Youth.

Political Agenda

Mandate

  1. National governments and local authorities to facilitate an enabling environment in which youth actors are recognised and provided with adequate support to implement violence prevention activities in order to prevent violence and violent extremism. This space must be inclusive of youth from different social, political, economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
  1. National governments, local authorities and researchers to ensure that contextual research is conducted in collaboration with young people and youth organisations to identify the drivers and enablers of violence and extremism in order to design effective responses at local, national and international levels.
  1. International organisations, national governments, donors and the private sector to support youth-led and youth peace-building organisations as partners in youth employment and entrepreneurship programs, as those organisations are uniquely placed to engage marginalised young people and to promote social cohesion.
  2. International agencies, national governments and local authorities to establish mechanisms to meaningfully involve youth in current and future peace and reconciliation processes, including formal peace negotiations from the local to the global levels. These mechanisms need to ensure youth are engaged as equal partners and promote youth leadership.
  3. Member states to address the urgent need to recognise the existence of young people’s human rights, through introducing programs and policies that provide social protections to reduce the vulnerability of all young people, especially young people from marginalised backgrounds.
  4. International agencies, national governments and local authorities to implement internationally agreed commitments and policies to promote and protect the rights of girls, prevent gender-based violence and end impunity for crimes such as child, early and forced marriage, sexual and domestic violence, feticide and female genital mutilation.

Environment Agenda

Mandate

  1. International Organisations and Treaty bodies, and international financial institutions at the global and regional levels to support developing countries in their request, in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, with youth support.
  1. All member states to enable young people to take a key role in disaster relief and recovery in times of crisis and natural disaster with sufficient resourcing. We ask member states to support youth to create awareness on the needed changes at the grass root level in relation to climate change and disaster management.
  1. Member states and relevant institutions to provide support to young entrepreneurs for the creation of youth-led climate-smart agriculture, low carbon and social enterprises which align expertise, skills, innovation and competence towards low-carbon and ‘green’ economies in agricultural transformation, climate change mitigation and adaptation and development.
  1. All member states to formulate and implement national policies, which enable sustainable ocean governance and better use of the Blue Economy to address youth unemployment and job creation.
  2. National Youth Councils, Youth Leaders and youth-led organisations to advocate for the implementation or enforcement of national legislation, action plans and policies relating to climate change.
  3. Commonwealth leaders to commit at COP21 to achieving a 100% renewable energy future with sustainable energy access for all. We recommend that Parties at the UNFCCC take strides to acknowledge, in a legally binding agreement, that the long-term goal of phasing out fossil fuels and transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2050 is essential and urgently needed. We also recommend putting young people at the centre of promoting the use of renewable energy.

Economic Agenda

Mandate

  1. The establishment of a youth employment policy across the Commonwealth and a “People’s Bank”, to match the skills of young people with jobs available, and to make young people prepared for the labour market. The “People’s Bank would be an online and offline platform whereby young people seeking decent employment would register their skills (Advocacy of UN & ILO Youth Employment Policy launched at UN ECOSOC Youth Forum).
  2. To support youth entrepreneurship by facilitating easier access to technology and start-up finance for young people, particularly those unable to furnish collateral.
  3. To facilitate the creation of decent job opportunities for young people, particularly for those living with disabilities, displaced persons, youth of various ethnic backgrounds and indigenous communities, young migrant workers, LGBTQI+ youth, other minority groups, and homeless young people.
  4. The creation of a programme to ensure access to accurate information and the safe, effective contraception method of choice, which can improve the chance of survival and health outcomes, across the Commonwealth (Implemented in Strategic Plan: Social Agenda).
  5. Encouraging the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education and the establishment of inter- and intra-regional youth innovation and technology centres, as a means of disseminating knowledge, skills development, innovation and connectivity, thereby enhancing infrastructure in these areas.

Introduction

 

The Commonwealth Youth Council is a youth-led global platform, representing more than 1.2 billion young people across 52 countries within the Commonwealth, working to engage and empower young people within the Commonwealth to enhance their contribution to the development of the Commonwealth, as a whole.

In 2015, when the Commonwealth family was focused on the role and contribution of young people through the Commonwealth theme, ‘A Young Commonwealth’, we support the declaration of Heads enshrined in Article XIII of the Commonwealth Charter that recognises the critical role of young people in the future success of the Commonwealth.

As youth leaders, we pledge our continued support as partners and stakeholders for the economic, environmental, social and political development of our countries and the Commonwealth as defined in the Global Goals for Sustainable Development that define our generation.

The Commonwealth Youth Council, representing the young people of the Commonwealth, convened at Malta in 2015 for the 10th Commonwealth Youth Forum, to recommit to the values and principles enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter and the Commonwealth Youth Council Constitution.

The 10th Commonwealth Youth Forum provided a common framework to inform and inspire youth-led development at national, regional and Commonwealth levels. This strategic plan expresses the current policy recommendations of the Commonwealth youth regarding economic, environmental, political and social agendas.

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