Call for nominations: Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC)
The first General Assembly of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) will be held in the International Convention Center, Hambantota, Sri Lanka from 10th till 14th of November 2013, and we are inviting nominations for positions of CYC. Official youth delegates from each country will agree the constitution, nominate and vote for the inaugural CYC Executive, who will be responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the CYC.
The CYC, is an autonomous youth-led international organisation established, within the terms of Article XIII of the Commonwealth Charter on the importance of young people in the Commonwealth, as recommended by the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group, which Commonwealth Heads of Government adopted at its summit in Perth, Australia in 2011.
The CYC will empower and engage young people in sustainable development, democracy and promoting the values of the Commonwealth, and advance the youth development agenda for a relevant, vibrant, effective and prosperous Commonwealth.
Each Commonwealth country is asked to send two national youth representatives to participate in the General Assembly. At the end of the meeting the elected youth leaders will have a Youth Dialogue with the Heads of Government as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) agenda. Official invitation letters have been sent to each Member Government from the Government of Sri Lanka.
To be nominated or to determine eligibility to be a candidate, please read the attached CYC Electoral Regulation for more information about nominations and elections procedures.
Nominations for positions of the CYC are now welcome from registered and recognised national youth councils and other youth bodies across the Commonwealth countries and are encouraged to put forward nominees for the following Executive positions:
a) Chairperson (Africa and Europe Region Only);
b) Vice Chairperson for Partnerships and Resources (Any Region);
c) Vice Chairperson for Inclusion and Engagement (Any Region) ;
d) Vice Chairperson for Policy, Advocacy and Projects (Any Region);
e) Regional Representative – Africa and Europe;
f) Regional Representative – Asia;
g) Regional Representative – Caribbean and Canada;
h) Regional Representative – Pacific;
i) Representative – Special Interest Groups (Any Region)
Should nominees have any questions about the nomination and election, please contact the Youth Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat at:
Marlborough House, Pall Mall,
London SW1Y 5HX,
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7747 6519,
Fax: Direct +44 (0) 20 7004 6549
Email: 23 September is the DEADLINE for submitting nominations for CYC Elections.