You can now apply to attend the Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) in Kigali, Rwanda. CYF takes place from 20 to 23 June 2020. About 500 young leaders from 54 member countries will attend and build consensus on key challenges and opportunities facing young people. These include: employment climate change gender equality innovation peacebuilding On 26 June, leaders will …

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Four outstanding young people have won Commonwealth Youth Awards for innovative projects that are delivering sustainable development in their countries. The awards recognise exceptional contributions by young people whose ventures are helping their countries achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We had more than 500 award nominations from 40 countries. A pan-Commonwealth judging …

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Apply now if you want to represent the Commonwealth’s 1.4 billion young people on the Commonwealth Youth Council. Have you got what it takes? What you’ll do You will: serve Commonwealth young people from 2020 to 2022 run, manage and develop the Commonwealth Youth Council join and organise workshops, advisory panels help make policy recommendations …

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Growing up, Commonwealth Youth Awards 2020 finalist Samuel Neil had lofty dreams of becoming a pilot. Now, as founder of The Aviation Club of Jamaica, a national initiative which encourages young people to enter the aviation sector, he is helping other young people’s dreams soar. Commonwealth Correspondent Tshwanelo Fokazi, 27, from Ekurhuleni, South Africa caught …

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It’s Independence Day in Bangladesh. But instead of the usual March 26 celebrations, the government is stepping up measures to control the spread of the coronavirus. It has declared a national holiday which begins today and will last until Saturday, April 4, 2020. Over the 10-day period, public and private businesses are to be closed …

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Lalita Gopaul, one of the 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards finalists, does not mind getting some dirt under her fingernails. As founder and CEO of Eco Club in the Guyana, she is passionate about educating young people about environmental conservation and protection. Promise Forsuh, a 23-year-old Commonwealth Correspondent from Bamenda, Cameroon, caught up with the eco-warrior to …

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The cancellation of sporting events due to the coronavirus has had a devastating effect on one of the most powerful forces for peace and unity in a time when the world needs it most, writes Alvin Ma, a 28-year-old Commonwealth Correspondent from Canada. He is hopeful that people across the globe will utilize other avenues …

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Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland writes about meeting inspirational young health innovator Rayvon Stewart at the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting (CHMM) in Geneva last year in this blog. Rayvon was among the finalists shortlisted for last year’s Commonwealth Health Innovation Awards. Five years ago more than 40 babies born in Jamaican hospitals became infected with lethal bacteria – …

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Young people make up more than half of Fiji’s population – but they are mostly excluded from policy formulation and decision-making. Broderick John Mervyn, one of this year’s Commonwealth Youth Awards finalists, is working to change that through his initiative Ignite4Change. Oghenekevwe Oghenechovwen, a 21-year-old Commonwealth Correspondent from Warri in Nigeria, spoke to Broderick about …

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Joshua Ebin from Nigeria was one 16 finalists for this year’s Commonwealth Youth Awards. The 29-year-old is the co-founder of Jumela Ltd., an agro-technology venture that specializes in the production of plant-based compost for crop farmers in Nigeria. Jumela also tackles poor food waste management, pollution problems and low agricultural yield in Africa. Sola Abe, …

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