Vote Like A Boss Campaign

April 28th 2017, Nairobi

The Commonwealth Youth Council in collaboration with Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN) and Kenya UNESCO Youth Forum launched “VOTE LIKE A BOSS” Campaign featuring the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, National Youth Council, and youth leaders.

In her welcoming remarks, Ms Faith Manthi, Vice Chairperson of Partnership and Resources at the Commonwealth Youth Council, encouraged the young people from Nairobi to become involved in the electoral process by emphasizing to them the importance of voting and being aware of their democratic rights.

During the campaign launch, there was a discussion featuring Mr George Osaso, Directorate of Youth Affairs, Mr Dishon Atemo, Kenya National Youth Council, Mr Michael Opondo, Countering Violent Extremism Coordinator and Ms. Jacqueline Njeru, Kenya National Commission for UNESCO. The panelists engaged the youth on various topics ;Involvement of Youth in Promotion of Peace in Kenya, Youth Engagement in Democratic Processes, Works of the National Youth Council in Relation to Peace and Youth Inclusion , Role of CVE in Peace Building , Youth in Civic Engagement and UNESCO’s culture of peace.

‘VOTE LIKE A BOSS’ campaign launch was well received by the public as it presents youth with an opportunity to play a critical constitutional and democratic role in the election process. At the same time, it created an enabling environment for discussions and encouraged political participation of the youth.

To watch the launch video, click here, and to view more event photos, click here.

Chairperson’s Pacific Tour

19 APRIL – 22 APRIL 2017
Left: Kishva Ambigapathy attended the Malaysian Summit of Australia (MASA) as a guest speaker to discuss Transformasi National 2050 (National Transformation 2050).
Right: Kishva Ambigapathy met with Jack Milne, Lead Advisor for the Commonwealth Youth Council’s Inclusion & Engagement Committee, to discuss the empowerment of youth with disabilities & the youth of the Pacific Region!

23 APRIL – 25 APRIL 2017
Kishva Ambigapathy with the Hon. Speaker & the young MP’s of Fiji who engaged in discussions on the CYC & the engagement of Pacific youth. Furthermore, he had the opportunity to speak to the Youth & Sports Minister of Fiji on the development of young people in the country and the Commonwealth Youth Minister’s Meeting taking place in Uganda later this year. The Chairperson also had the pleasure of meeting the Former Deputy Prime Minister at the Parliament of Fiji; they discussed the involvement of young people in politics & governance.

25 APRIL – 29 APRIL 2017
Left: Kishva Ambigapathy met with Samoa National Youth Council to discuss Commonwealth youth issues and the engagement of youth in the region.
Right: Meeting with Women In Business Development (WIBDI) Samoa which aims to create entrepreneurs by building capacities of young people (especially from rural villages) in organic farming & business skills.


Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting 2017

Join us in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa!

For a few days this July/August, the Ugandan government in partnership with the Commonwealth will be hosting a meeting of Youth Ministers, Senior Officials, Stakeholders and Youth Leaders. The theme will be “Resourcing and Financing Youth Development: Empowering Youth” in recognition of the constraints facing the youth sector globally and the need to have concrete multi-stakeholder partnerships to move forward.

Read more and register your interest below by the June 10 deadline:

For stakeholders:

Apply to be part of the Stakeholder Forum at the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting

For youth leaders:

Registration to the Youth Leaders Forum – 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting

Oh – and we are also looking for speakers! Get in touch! #CYC⁠⁠⁠⁠

4th Institut Darul Ridzuan Annual Research Seminar

Dr. Mazalan Kamis, CEO of Institut Darul Ridzuan

The CYC Secretariat team attended the 4th IDR Seminar, in the Perak state of Malaysia; this seminar is a platform for researchers to present and mobilize their research findings on social economic development. With the theme, “Mobilising Research Findings Into Policy Development for Impactful Actions”, the objective of the Seminar was to highlight quality research findings and derive the information to be used as input into enhancing the Perak State policy development.

Many researchers presented on the following topics: Economy and Business, Politic, Governance and Public Service, Social and Well-Being, and Tourism, Environment and Sustainability. The program provided a thought-provoking setting for participants to share views, knowledge and discuss opportunities to leverage the resources available to counter the current challenges.



CYC Secretariat Perak State Visit

Commonwealth Youth Council Secretariat with the Perak State Chief Minister

Kishva Ambigapathy, the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Council, along with the CYC Secretariat team had a Perak State visit on April 4th 2017. The objective of the Courtesy Call with the various stakeholders was to establish a relationship and seek for potential collaborations for future and ongoing projects with CYC.

First, the CYC Secretariat met with Institut Darul Ridzuan (IDR) at the HQ in Perak; IDR is a public policy think tank for the Perak State Government in Malaysia which works with a community of academicians, government agencies and private companies. IDR aims to ensure the well-being of the people of Perak State in these sectors: education, sustainable economy and skilled workers.

Second on the agenda was a courtesy call with the Chief Speaker of the Perak State Assembly, Hon. Thangeswary. During the meeting, the CYC Secretariat shared the roles, responsibilities, and objectives of CYC and discussed possible collaborations with the State of Perak in the near future.

Next, the CYC Secretariat had a courtesy call with Hon. Dato’ DiRaja Dr. Zambry bin Abdul Kadir, Perak State Chief Minister. In the meeting, CYC explained of their role and the Chief Minister has given his support and looks forward to collaborations in the future.

Lastly, the Secretariat met the President of Perak Youth Council and his fellow executives at their office. Perak Youth Council is a member state of the Malaysian Youth Council, which is the main stakeholder partner for CYC in Malaysia. Perak Youth Council welcomes future partnerships and collaborations with CYC, particularly in the area of youth development in Perak State.

Call for Application for International Youth Task Force for Commonwealth Youth Forum 2018


The Commonwealth is a unique global family of 52 member countries encompassing a multitude of cultures, religions and institutions. Its 2.3+ billion people make up a quarter of the world’s population and have become a vibrant and growing association of states in tune with the modern world. In 1991, the Harare Commonwealth Declaration set the association firmly on a new course, promoting democracy, good governance, human rights, the rule of law, and sustainable economic and social development. Today, the Commonwealth continues to be an active contributor in global affairs and building consensus around the world. The Commonwealth is a modern international association proud of its diversity and ready to meet future challenges.

Young people under 30 make up over half of the Commonwealth’s population of two billion and the youth population is still growing. The Commonwealth is committed to address the challenge of the “youth bulge” and the associated need to create enabling opportunities for young people. The organisation is working to ensure sustainable development through a youth lens where young people are given a strong voice in development strategies across all member countries.

It is in this framework that the Government of the United Kingdom will be hosting the 11th Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) as one of four parallel forums as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018. The CYF will tentatively take place from 16th to 18th April 2018 in London. The forum is organised jointly by Government of the United Kingdom, Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) & Youth Division Commonwealth Secretariat and its regional partners the Caribbean Regional Youth Council, the Pan-African Youth Union, and Pacific Youth Council. This year’s theme will be confirmed shortly.

About 450 representatives of national youth councils, youth bodies, youth organisations as well as youth leaders, youth workers, young professionals and experts from across the Commonwealth are expected to attend the forum.

The CYC is making a call for the composition of the International Youth Taskforce who will be responsible for the organisation of CYF 2018. The IYTF will be divided into four committees: Programmes Committee, Media and Communications Committee, Policy, Drafting and Reporting Committee and Logistics Committee.

For more information on the committees: Call for applications for IYTF

To apply, follow the link:

The deadline for submission is 30th April 2017.

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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