Introduction

The Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) is the largest and most diverse youth-led organization in the world. It is the recognized voice of more than 1.2 billion young people in the commonwealth. It was established by the Heads of Governments in the commonwealth inline with the Commonwealth Charter. It is an exciting inclusive initiative that seeks to communicate, engage and advocate for youth led participation. The CYC is an independent entity responsible for youth representation in the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Youth Council is as a youth-led organisation which aims to further advance the youth development agenda; and to ensure a relevant, vibrant, effective, and prosperous Commonwealth in the 21st century and beyond. The primary objectives of the Council are: a) To contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the Commonwealth; b) To mainstream young people into the work of the Commonwealth at all levels; c) To centre for mobilise the voices and actions of young people in the advancement of youth across the Commonwealth d) To advocate for governments meaningfully engage young people in its representation internationally e) To be a centre for information on youth work and development f) To partner with the Commonwealth Secretariat and other Commonwealth organisations with a focus on youth development o0n behalf of young people.

REGISTERED OFFICE AND LOCATION OF THE COUNCIL

1. The Council’s offices shall be registered and shall operate in conformity with the laws, policies and guidelines of the Commonwealth, and with Commonwealth member governments, non-governmental organisations, private sector institutions and civil society stakeholders, where applicable.

2. The Council’s registered office and Secretariat shall be located at a designated premises unanimously agreed by the Executive of the Council, in consultation the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Youth Affairs Division.

3. The location may be modified by a decision of the Executive of the Council.

LEGAL STATUS AND RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS

1. The Council shall be a non-profit organisation, and none of its net income or net worth shall be used to the personal benefit of its members.

2. The Council shall be incorporated under the relevant laws of the country in which its registered office is located, and its membership and activities shall be international in scope.

3. The Executive shall establish and adopt additional by-laws, memorandum of associations, protocols and other legal instruments in conformity with the values and principles of the Commonwealth under this constitution and with the applicable laws, for the purpose of incorporating and registering the Council in Commonwealth member countries, where required.

4. The Council shall enjoy consultative status with the Commonwealth Secretariat and other Commonwealth institutions and it shall be eligible and supported to apply for formal Commonwealth accreditation.

5. The Council shall seek and make grants from and to, and cooperate with, other specialised organisations and agencies; enter into agreements and contracts; and acquire consultative status or Observer Status through accreditations with United Nations agencies including the Economic and Social Council along with other national, regional and international bodies worldwide; for the purposes of mutual recognition, partnership, and programme design and delivery.

6. The Council shall create and use its own logo and the logo of the Commonwealth and such other instruments as may be deemed necessary, subject to the approval of the Commonwealth and in conformity with the principles and policies of the Commonwealth.

LEGITIMACY AND CONSTITUENCY OF THE COUNCIL

1. The Council shall work for and represent young people who are 15 to 29 years of age. Unless the context otherwise requires, for the purpose of this Constitution, the term “Young people or Youth” means persons who are 15 to 29 years of age;

2. The Council shall act as a coalition of National Youth Councils and other youth-led civil society and private sector institutions in the Commonwealth.

3. The Council shall recognise and accord membership and observer status to international, regional, national youth councils and other youth-led institutions.

4. The Council shall establish a broad-based membership with an inclusive, democratic leadership structure, representing Commonwealth youth at national, regional and international levels.

5. The Council shall be accountable to and shall report to youth, and consult with the Commonwealth and other related institutions.

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