2015 CYC Election and GA

See the provisional 2015 provisional agenda for the CYC GA/CYF at the tail end of this post

Theme of the Youth Forum

Sub Themes of the CYF

Since one of the main objectives of the Malta Commonwealth Youth Forum 2015 is to feed directly into the agenda of the actual Heads of Government meeting, the theme chosen follows closely the main theme of the Heads of Government Summit which is,‘Adding Global Value’.

From a Youth Forum perspective the notion of the Commonwealth as a means to Adding Global Value is being challenged by asking What Next? Thus, the theme chosen for the Youth Forum; ‘ADDING GLOBAL VALUE…..#WHATNEXT?’

The Young People of the Commonwealth recognize that the Commonwealth is at a critical junction in its history and through this theme all the key players are being challenged to think concretely on the future of the Commonwealth. Young People can contribute to the setting and implementation of the Global Agenda. Today’s agenda will directly impact the future of the Young People of Today.

The youth leaders will explore the role of young people of the Commonwealth through four main agendas. Each agenda is then subdivided into different areas of discussion. The main sub themes which will be discussed are;

Economic Agenda

  • Innovation and Technology: Closing The Gap: The role and contribution of Science and Technology in promoting economic growth in CW countries.
  • Sustainable Employment: Re-Examining the Pathways to Sustainable Employment.
  • Youth Entrepreneurship: Investing in Youth Entrepreneurship for Economic Growth.

Environment Agenda

  • Disaster Risk Reduction, Resilience and Recovery: Addressing Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.
  • Protection of Natural Resources: Balancing Production and Consumption Patterns with Sustainable Development.
  • Climate Change: Transforming Climate Change into Relevant Opportunity for the Youth.

Social Agenda

  • Quality and Inclusive Education: Re-assessing access to Quality Education for youth.
  • Health: Creating alternate pathways for accessing  medical and health services.
  • Youth Policy and Youth Work: Acknowledging Responsibility.

Political Agenda

  • Peace and Security: Countering the rise of global extremism.
  • Social Cohesion: A shared common history.
  • Human Rights: A pillar of the Commonwealth.

Apart from the sub-themes there will also be four cross cutting sessions;

Adding Global Value…..#whatnext?

Role of Young People in Achieving SDGs…

Commonwealth Charter: Article 12… #whatnext? 

Climate Change- A peace & security Issue


2. Commonwealth Youth Council Executive Positions for 2015-2017

Online Nomination Form

The deadline for receipt of completed nominations has been extended until 31st July 2015 at 12:00 midnight GMT.

Confirmation of Nominee

Nominees will be confirmed based on the documents submitted, eligibility and suitability of nominee for the position nominated for.


Approved candidates will be accredited as Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) participants. Candidates must be physically present at the Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) and Commonwealth Youth Council General Assembly.

Election Campaign Costs

Candidates are encouraged to limit campaign expenses, and should not spend more than £200.

Important Notes

Before completing your nomination form, please read the following:

Nominations have now closed.

Further Information

Please contact the CYC.

Email: cyc@commonwealth.int

Commonwealth Youth Council
Youth Division
Commonwealth Secretariat
Marlborough House
Pall MallLondon
United Kingdom

**Download the agenda HERE.

Malawi & An End to Gender-based Violence


Maestros Leadership Team joins the campaign to end violence against women and girls. #OrangeUrWORLD. Through a partnership with Ministry of Justice through the Blantyre High Court, Malawi Police & Women Judges Association of Malawi, Maestros Leadership Team took a leading role in the inaugural event for 16 Days activism to end violence against women and girls. Read more

Unseen & Unspoken

To commemorate World Braille Day, the Commonwealth Youth Council launches “Unseen & Unspoken.” This is a segment of creative expression of the #iamABLE campaign through the art of poetry. The theme of the competition is “My disability does not define me.” The theme can be interpreted many ways – writers could focus on achievements and talents they have in spite of a disability, or positive traits they have or have developed as a result of their disability. The objective of the competition is to raise awareness of the experience and lives of young people with disabilities which are often unseen and not spoken of. Note that the CYC is taking a broad definition of disabilities to include visible and invisible disabilities such as autism and dyslexia. Read more

Empowering through Assistive Technologies

A project by: Enable Lanka Foundation, Sri Lanka

In the evolution of approaches from a charity-based one to a right-based one concerning the process of addressing the issues of persons with disabilities, the omnipotent presence of charity-based initiatives have caused a lag in the sustainable development all over the world. Specially this trend is visible as highly prevalent in developing nations most of which are commonwealth member states. Enable Lanka foundation which is an organization pioneering to mainstream disability inclusion in Sri Lanka, has come up with an innovative solution for the upliftment of education and social independence with regard to the visually impaired persons who constitute a greater portion in terms of the entire realm of persons with disabilities.


Saturday 3rd December, International Day of People with Disabilities, will see the launch of the Commonwealth Youth Council’s campaign for youth with disabilities. The project, entitled I AM ABLE, will run for eighteen months and will seek to contribute towards the development of a more inclusive society by addressing the fact that, according to the CYC, people with disabilities are among the most marginalised groups within the Commonwealth. Through initiatives such as data collection, myth-busting and leadership training, the project will provide support and opportunities for young people with disabilities, including physical, mental and learning difficulties.

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Reed Smith’s LEADRS Group: Employment without discrimination


Reed Smith is a leading international law firm, known for its work in the corporate, media, shipping and real estate sectors among many others, with 26 offices across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It has built a reputation on an inclusive and friendly working culture, winning many awards for diversity and inclusion over the years. One area it heavily focuses on is disability.

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Focus on Your Strength

Commonwealth Correspondent, Olutokun Emmanuel, tells us what he thinks of the “I am Able” campaign.

Stevie wonder once made a deeply profound and very powerful statement which was that “Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision”. Vision tends to be the singular force that distinguishes a person in his life race. Just because a man lacks strength in his legs doesn’t also mean he can’t make tremendous progress in life.

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