What is the Commonwealth Youth Forum?
The Commonwealth Youth Forum, more popularly known as the “CYF”, is an event which brings together young people from the Commonwealth nations to discuss issues of contemporary importance, and enables them to identify their own agendas and prioritize issues of importance to youth. The CYF provides an independent platform for representatives of the Commonwealth member countries to consider the Youth agenda at the same time as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
What is the role of the National Secretariat for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting?
The National Secretariat for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Youth Program (CYP) and the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council (CYEC) coordinates and resources the CYF. The National Secretariat has overall responsibility for coordinating the CHOGM and all of its associated events.
What is the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council (CYEC)?
CYEC is a youth development Civil Society Organization (CSO) which believes young adults are an essential resource for the development of Commonwealth nations. The organization supports youth-led development activities and high quality community-based youth exchange. It promotes young people’s skills exchange, youth organization capacity-building and inter-change, and provides a platform for young people’s voices to be heard throughout the Commonwealth. CYEC is the founder, facilitator and supporter of the Commonwealth Youth Forum which has developed as a pan Commonwealth platform for young people to share concerns and recommendations with the wider Commonwealth at the time of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and beyond.
What is the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP)?
CYP works to engage and empower young people between the ages of 15 and 29 to enhance their contribution to development. The organization’s mission is grounded within a rights based approach, guided by the realities facing young people in the Commonwealth, and anchored in the belief that young people are:
How many CYF’s have been held in the past?
Commonwealth Youth Fora have been held alongside CHOGM gatherings in:
This year’s CYF will be the seventh and is therefore called “CYF7”
When will the CYF7 be held?
Saturday 21– Friday 27 November, 2009.
Where will the CYF7 be held?
CYF7 will be held in both Tobago and Trinidad respectively. From November 21-23, the Forum will be held in Tobago at Vanguard Holdings Limited, formerly Tobago Hilton and will continue in Trinidad from November 23-27 on the Caribbean Princess Cruise Ship.
How often is the CYF organized?
CYF is organized every two (2) years to coincide with the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
Why have a CYF?
What is the theme?
CYF7’s theme is: Invest in Youth, Sustain the World.
What will be the sub-themes discussed at CYF7?
Who attends the CYF?
How many people can attend the CYF7?
A total of 600 youth comprising both local and international delegates will attend the Forum
How many CYF7 delegates will come from outside of Trinidad and Tobago?
Approximately 150 international delegates are expected to attend.
What is the event schedule?
Friday 20th November
Saturday 21st November
Sunday 22nd November
Monday 23rd November
Tuesday 24th November
Wednesday 25th November
Thursday 26th November
Friday 27th November
CHOGM is an acronym for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. It is held every two (2) years and brings together Commonwealth leaders to discuss global and Commonwealth issues, and to agree upon collective policies and initiatives.
The CPF takes place in the week preceding CHOGM and is organised by the Commonwealth Foundation, together with civil society and the host government.
The CPF aims to raise the profile of civil society organisations and to strengthen links between them. It also seeks to create opportunities for dialogue between civil society and government ministers on priority issues in the Commonwealth.
Inputs from the People’s Forum are eventually presented to CHOGM at the round table with Foreign Ministers.
The CPF’s programme includes an opening plenary session, workshops on key issues and the CHOGM theme, field trips and the People’s Space, an interactive area with performances and mini-workshops, open to participants and visitors alike.