The Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF)

The Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF)

The CYF is the ‘centrepiece’ of the Commonwealth’s youth engagement strategy and is the highest decision-making forum for young people in the Commonwealth. It brings together young leaders from across the Commonwealth to exchange ideas; build networks; identify and debate development issues, challenges and opportunities; agree youth-led initiatives to mitigate challenges facing young people; and create opportunities to enhance young potential.

The CYF incorporates the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) General Assembly during which youth leaders receive reports on progress from the last CYF and hold their CYC executives to account on their stewardship of the CYC. In this way, the CYF has a built-in monitoring and accountability framework from CHOGM to CHOGM.

The CHOGM Intergenerational Dialogue with Heads of Government is another component that provides the highest-level demonstration of the Commonwealth’s continued commitment to respecting and including young people’s perspectives and capabilities in decision-making.

CYF delegates take part in interactive sessions with delegates in the other parallel forums, as both panellists and delegates. In addition, selected youth representatives from CYF are invited to attend the Pre-CHOGM Foreign Ministers Meeting to present their policy recommendations and concrete proposals and plans for youth-led action.

Rwanda expects up to 300 delegates including two official youth delegates from each member country, as well as other specially invited/selected international and local young people, and key youth sector stakeholders.

CONTACT ORGANIZER
Name: Patient Ndizeye
Email: cyf@chogm2021.rw
Telephone Number: 0788653363

Programme

“Taking Charge of Our Future”
Kigali, Rwanda
20 – 22 June 2021
Intare Conference Arena, Kigali

Day 1: Sunday, 20 June 2021: Taking Charge of Our Future

0900 – 1000   Opening Ceremony

1000 – 1100   Plenary Session 1: Taking Charge of Our Future

1100 – 1130   Networking Break & Launch of Marketplace

1130 – 1300   Parallel Breakout Sessions: Thematic Action Plan 1

  • Governance and the Rule of Law
  • Technology Skills and Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Youth & Human Capital
  • Health & COVID-19
  • Trade

 

1300 – 1400   Lunch & Networking

1400 – 1410   Keynote Speaker / ‘Quick Bites’

1410 – 1500   Plenary Session 2: Reimagining Sustainability

1500 – 1530   Networking Break

1530 – 1645   Parallel Breakout Sessions: Thematic Action Plan 2

  • Governance and the Rule of Law
  • Technology Skills and Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Youth & Human Capital
  • Health & COVID-19
  • Trade

 

1645 – 1730   Keynote / Townhalls

1730 – 1800   Closing Debrief & Reflection

1800 – 2000   Pop-up Marketplace: Food, Art, and Entertainment by Rwandan DJs

Day 2: Monday, 21 June 2021: Innovating Transformation

0900 – 0915   Keynote Speaker

0915 – 1015   Plenary Session 3: The Economic Imperative: Skills Development for 21st Century Jobs / Challenging the rules – in Trade

1015 – 1045   Networking Break

1045 – 1055   Keynote Speaker / ‘Quick Bites’

1100 – 1300   Parallel Breakout Sessions: Thematic Action Plan 3

  • Governance and the Rule of Law
  • Technology Skills and Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Youth & Human Capital
  • Health & COVID-19
  • Trade

 

1300 – 1400   Lunch & Networking

1400 – 1410   Keynote Speaker / ‘Quick Bites’

1410 – 1500   Plenary Session 4: Youth Championing Innovation for Transformation and Development

Session to explore: focusing on Innovation, use of tech, Youth Participation is covered in plenary

1500 – 1530   Networking Break

1530 – 1615   Parallel Breakout Sessions 4: Thematic Action Plan 4 (Project Lab)

  • Governance and the Rule of Law
  • Technology Skills and Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Youth & Human Capital
  • Health & COVID-19
  • Trade

 

1615 – 1625   Keynote Speaker / ‘Quick Bites’

1630 – 1745   Closing Plenary Session: Co-creation and Strategic Partnership

1745 – 1815   Closing Debrief & Reflections

1815 – 2000   Cultural Night & Dinner

 

Day 3: Tuesday, 22 June 2021: Delivering on a common future – Connection & Partnerships
National Delegates   All Other Attendees
0900 – 1130 CYC General Assembly Capacity-Building Sessions
1100 – 1145 Networking Break   
1145 – 1300 CYC General Assembly Capacity-Building Sessions
1300 – 1430 Lunch
1430 – 1600 CYC General Assembly Capacity-Building Sessions
1600 – 1700 Networking Break
1700 – 1800 Closing Ceremony and Installation of New CYC Executives

1800 – Late         [Tentative] Youth Community Engagement in Kigali