Monthly Archives: November 2013

Call for applications: Youth Advocacy Group for the Global Education First Initiative

The Youth Advocacy Group (YAG) for the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative is now accepting applications for new members. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic group of young people who are committed to ensuring that every child receives a relevant, quality education.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 30 November 2013 by midnight EDT

What is the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI)? 
The Global Education First Initiative was launched in September 2012 by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon. The aims of the initiative are to raise the political profile of education, strengthen the global movement to achieve quality education, and generate additional and sufficient funding for education. The Global Education First Initiative has three key priorities: put every child in school, improve the quality of learning, and foster global citizenship among children and youth worldwide.

What is the Youth Advocacy Group (YAG)?
The Youth Advocacy Group (YAG) was appointed in August 2012 to provide strategic support and advice to the youth representative in the High Level Steering Committee, strengthen momentum and increase support for the Global Education First Initiative. The group is currently made up of 12 active members who are spearheading grassroots initiatives in their own countries and on the global stage to increase access to education, improve the quality of learning and foster global citizenship.

As representatives of a wider youth network, the 12 members are from 12 different countries:

Chernor Bah, Sierra Leone (Chairperson)
Dejan Bojanic, Serbia
Jamira Burley, United States of America 
David Crone, United Kingdom
Abigail Kaindu, Zambia
Hayley McQuire, Australia
Joseph Munyambanza, Democratic Republic of Congo
Salathiel Ntakirutimana, Burundi
Sumaya Saluja, India
Anna Susarenco, Moldova
Bertheline Nina Tchangoue, Cameroon
Rolando Jr. Villamero, Philippines

The YAG moves forward GEFI’s three main priorities amongst their networks and partners by:
1.    Facilitating consultations with other youth in their countries, regions, and globally;
2.    Providing strategic advice on the education priorities of young people;
3.    Promoting the priorities and voices of young people in the advocacy messages and activities of GEFI and;
4.    Mobilizing young people and governments to make pledges in support of education and holding them accountable to their commitments.

COMPOSITION AND ELIGIBILITY
The Youth Advocacy Group shall be composed of 15-18 non-compensated individuals between the ages of 15-28 who are representatives of organizations with demonstrated expertise and experience of working on and advocating for young people, including youth-led organizations, the private sector, media and academia. Such individuals should have demonstrated leadership and activism, and should be able to consult with and reach out to a larger constituency. The Youth Advocacy Group meets online once every two weeks and in-person whenever necessary to plan, support and advance the goals of the Global Education First Initiative.

What are the application criteria?
Applicants should:
o    be between 15 and 28 years old;
o    have access to the internet;
o    be able to commit at least three hours per week for the group;
o    be proficient in both spoken and written English;
o    demonstrate passion and experience in advocating for education in their respective communities and;
o    demonstrate connection to wider network(s) and ability to consult with and represent views of other young people

Young people from the following geographical areas are particularly encouraged to apply. (This, however, does not limit those living outside these areas.)
o    Central/North Asia
o    Middle East
o    Latin America

A demonstrated commitment, experience and expertise in a specific field of education will be considered an added asset.

How do you apply?
The Youth Advocacy Group will be constituted for a period of one year, from January 2014 – 2015. Members of the group will be expected to make a one-year commitment, with the possibility of renewal. Prepare and submit the following documents to yag.gefi@gmail.com on or before the application deadline.
o    Curriculum Vitae / Resume (Maximum of three pages)
o    Written Reference / Recommendation or Endorsement Letter (Maximum of one page) from either your workplace, university, or school
o    A Statement of Purpose (Maximum 700 words) which addresses the following questions:
– What has been your experience with the Education sector?
– Why are you passionate about Education?
– What are your future goals?
– What is it you hope to gain from participating as a member of the Youth Advocacy Group?

Successful applicants will be notified by 30th December 2013.

Download the PDF version of the application.

Click here to learn more about the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) and the Youth Advocacy Group. You can also follow us on Twitter and like our page on Facebook.

 

Call for Applications: SET AFRICA 2014 Fellowship Programme

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In Africa, 70 percent of the population is under 30 years of age, and Sub-Saharan Africa has the most youthful population in the world. Young people in Africa are helping their communities to address various social problems including unemployment, child abuse, and poor sanitation, among others.  While African Governments have put in place various initiatives to address issues of poverty, health, and access to social services like education, there is slow progress. Meanwhile, many youth on their own have established initiatives to solve various social problems in their communities and in the process created jobs for not only themselves but other young people in their communities. They have established social enterprises that have through innovative approaches addressed many of the region’s biggest challenges.

About the SET Africa Programme Social Entrepreneurs Transforming Africa (SET Africa) is a fellowship program for young social entrepreneurs from across Anglophone Africa. SET Africa provides these young leaders with training, networking, and funding opportunities. The programme is managed by the Makerere University Business School (MUBS) Entrepreneurship Centre in Kampala, Uganda. SET Africa is part of the YouthActionNet® global network of 16 institutes supporting 889 young social entrepreneurs around the world who are impacting 1.3 million lives annually. SET Africa now invites applications from young social innovators in Anglophone Africa who are founders or co-founders of ventures with a social mission to apply for the SET Africa fellowship run by MUBS. Fellows under this programme will be trained in entrepreneurship and leadership. They will also receive funds to help grow their social enterprises and implement activities to achieve their vision. The SET Africa programme is managed in collaboration with MUBS, the International Youth Foundation, The MasterCard Foundation, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

What Kinds of Ventures Are We Are Looking For?

a)      Ventures led by youth between 18 and 29 years old that are making a difference in their community.

b)      The venture should have at least one year of impact in the community.

c)      The venture should be able to demonstrate evidence in addressing social problems such as improving access to services like education, finance, health, counseling,  capacity building, helping households increasing incomes, helping children grow in a good environment etc

. d)      The venture can be a non-profit, for-profit, or hybrid business model.

Eligible Applicants:

a)      Must be a founder or co-founder of a social venture.

b)       Should be a citizen from an Anglophone Country (See list of Countries).

c)      Should be between 18 – 29 years by February 24, 2014.

d)       Can demonstrate innovative approaches in addressing social problems.

e)      Should be proficient in English

f)       Must be willing and able to attend a leadership retreat in Kampala, Uganda.

The ventures led by applicants should:   
1.      Demonstrate at least one ye
ar of impact in the community
2.      Address social needs in the community
3.      Have experience and evidence in solving social problems
4.      Can be registered or unregistered, and non-profit, for-profit, or a hybrid model.
Eligible countries:
Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Timeline to Apply: Deadline for receiving applications: December 13, 2013 at 11:59 East African Time Notification for successful applicants: January 31, 2014 Announcement of successful applicants: February 3, 2014

How to Apply: Online applications can be completed and submitted at http://www.setafrica.org/page/how-apply. The application can also be completed offline and emailed as a PDF or Word document to info@setafrica.org not later than December 13, 2013 at 11:59 East African Time.

Contact Information: Tel: +256-414-338125 Email: Info@setafrica.org For more information: http://www.setafrica.org

Call for Applications: Merit Next Leadership Development Programme

What is Merit Next?

Merit Next is a year-long leadership development program for 120 young people of merit from around the world selected after completing a series of global challenges designed to showcase their commitment to making a positive impact in their community. Merit Next imagines a world that gives everyone an opportunity to develop and to use their talent. They will raise your aspirations and help you find global peers, resources, mentors, and inspiration.

In June 2014, the Merit Next Fellows will convene in the U.K. (London & Liverpool) for two weeks of inspiration, aspiration assessment, and team building. Before departing for their home countries, the participants will be divided into 10 teams and assigned a project to find an innovative and sustainable market-driven solution to a pressing global concern (e.g., environmental sustainability, access to health care and education, childhood hunger, and youth unemployment).

For the next 11 months, the Fellows will engage virtually in weekly project collaborations, online training and education, and one-on-one mentoring designed to support personal and professional life plans. In June 2015, the group will reconvene in the U.S. (NYC & Washington, DC) to present their final reports to a panel of entrepreneurs, executives and venture capitalists; the winning project will be highlighted in the Merit Next global media campaign.

Eligibility

This program is open to young leaders from every country and any background, based on merit.

How to Apply

To sign up, visit the website, click “Sign up” and follow the instructions.

Send your questions to the organizers at usa@worldmerit.org or uk@worldmerit.org.

Deadline: April 30, 2014

For more information, click here.

Call for Applications: IDEO.org Global Fellowship Program 2014

The IDEO.org Global Fellowship Program fosters social sector leaders of the future. By bringing together talented people from the design, business, and social sectors, IDEO.org Fellows are working, learning, growing and innovating to make the world a better place.  IDEO.org is looking for leaders in the social sector who have demonstrated professional experience improving lives in low-income communities.Think you have what it takes to be a 2014-2015 Fellow? Find out more information about the criteria and apply by January 6, 2014 .

The IDEO.org Fellowship Program enables future global leaders spend a year working full-time with experienced designers on social impact challenges in the United States and around the world. Fellows will create solutions for nonprofits, social enterprises, and foundations on an array of topics, like agriculture, water and sanitation, health, financial inclusion, unemployment, and more.

Benefits

  • Fellows will receive a $60,000 living stipend to be paid out bi-monthly for 13.5 months.
  • IDEO.org will provide a housing stipend for Fellows relocating for up to one month.

Eligibility

  • Minimum of five years of professional full-time work experience; or, an advanced academic or professional degree related to business, public policy, international development, economics, finance, or a related field, plus three years of work experience.
  • English fluency (written and spoken). Additional language capabilities are preferred.
  • Ability to work from September of 2014 – October 2015 in San Francisco (IDEO.org can help support any visa applications).

For more information: https://www.ideo.org/fellows

Call for Applications: 2013/2014 CHEDI Volunteer Programme in Abuja

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·         Are you dynamic and possess smart skills in development
programmes?
·         Do you have transformational leadership skills that can
help in tackling different health issues affecting young people in the
communities?
·         Do you have knowledge, skills and values in HIV/AIDS and
Sexual reproductive Health issues?
Applications are welcome from young interested men and
women living in and around FCT- Abuja to apply for this opportunity.

Citizens’Health Education and Development Initiative (CHEDI) is a Non Governmental Organization is focused on creating awareness and visibility through education and policy influence on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)in Nigeria.

The mission of the organizational hopes to improve the quality of life of community members by empowering the Citizens with the right knowledge and skills to take
responsibility for their well-being.

CHEDI envisions   country where every citizen’s sexuality and choices are respected irrespective of race, age, gender, education, social status or disease condition. CHEDI’s programme goal is to empower women and men and particularly young people to actively participate in community development and self-help activities that will optimize health and well being through their own efforts. It also target women, young people and most at risk populations (MARPs) on comprehensive reproductive health including family planning, HIV prevention, with emphasis on Mother to Child Transmission, counseling/testing,capacity building, nutrition and referral linkages.
CHEDI programme offices are in Abuja,Nasarawa and Imo states.
CHEDI seeks to engage volunteers who can use their profession to carry some tasks leading to the desired results of all Programme interventions.
CHEDI is looking outstanding young men and women with exceptional qualities and leadership potential to organize, plan and implement programmes. Applicant
must be between 19 – 35years of age.

How to Apply: Interested Applicants should send their
Curriculum Vitae (CV), two recommendation letters and two page Motivation letter  on their involvement in any area of HIV/AIDS and Sexual and reproductive health and other issues affecting young people in 21st century.

Qualifications:
Educational degrees and other qualifications at graduate levels- health Education, public health, administration or management,
Economics or a combination of equivalent relevant experience and education.
Experience:
-Minimum of 1 or 2 progressive years experience and RH/FP, SRHR or MCH, or integrated health projects. Demonstrated competence in assessing priorities and in managing a variety of activities in a timely and sensitive manner, and in meeting deadlines with attention to detail and quality.

-Demonstrated ability to lead a technical team to meet project objectives in multiple tasks.

-Proven ability to communicate well with, motivate, guide, and direct interventions.

Interested persons should send comprehensive resume with a brief cover letter as one MS Word Document to info@chedi-ngo.org  .

Deadline: December 19th 2013

Help Create a New Narrative on AIDS: Join ACT 2015!

Get Ready!

 

Throughout the months of November, December and January (2013/2014), youth activists from around the world will start organizing to ensure HIV remains a priority in the post-2015 agenda and that sexual and reproductive health and rights gets recognized for the first time ever in major UN goals.

 

 Why, you ask?

 

In 2015, the timeframe to achieve the targets set in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will run out.  Since its adoption in 2000, young people have been working together to keep world leaders on track.  However, one of the main critiques of the MDGs was that the goals were developed in a top-down approach, without the involvement of civil society groups including young people.

 

But things have changed!

 

We live in a different world from the one that policymakers were faced with in 2000.  Young people now have the opportunity to truly influence the post 2015 global development agenda.

 

After all, we will be the ones implementing it

 

The PACT – a collaboration of 25 youth-led and youth-serving organizations – together with UNAIDS are launching ACT 2015: one goal, many voices–a movement building initiative that aims to secure a post-2015 development framework that advances the SRHR and HIV response for young people. ACT 2015 also aims to inspire action on the priorities of youth activist within national AIDS responses.

 

Using online technology to reach young people on the ground, in the first phase we are asking youth activists like yourself to sign up and host community dialogues for social action throughout the months of November, December and January.  The community dialogues are a tool for you and your peers to share your own stories, find solutions and commit to action:

  • What’s the reality in your country?
  • What are the needs of young people living with HIV?
  • How does HIV affect you?
  • How can we be the generation that gets to the end of the AIDS epidemic?

Don’t worry–this is NOT another consultation. Taking action is a critical part of our success. It doesn’t matter how big or small–as part of ACT 2015, we ask you to do something.

 

In the second phase of ACT 2015, after the community dialogues, we will follow-up at the country-level and provide you with the tools to mobilize and take action in your community based on the needs you identify in the dialogues.

 

We believe that young people need to work together—to share ideas and inspire action across communities, across countries, across regions, across the world—to decide our own futures and create social change.

 

Together, we can agree and advocate for a post 2015 framework that ensures sexual and reproductive health and rights and addresses the realities of young people today.

 

Check out how you can get involved here!

 

 

In solidarity,

 

The PACT and UNAIDS

The PACT is a collaboration across the following youth-led and youth-serving organizations:

 

Affirmative Action

 

AY+

 

Dance4life

 

Espolea

 

Girls-awake Foundation

 

Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA)

 

Haus of Khameleon

 

HIV Young Leaders’ Fund (HYLF)

 

International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) – Chapter for Young Women, Adolescents & Girls (CYWAG)

 

International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA)

 

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organization (IGLYO)

 

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

 

International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC)

 

Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network (JYAN)

 

Norwegian Children and Youth Council (LNU

 

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF)

 

Next Step

 

Red de Fondos Ambientales de Latinoamérica y el Caribe (Red Lac J+)

 

Uganda Network of YPLHIV

 

Uganda Network of Young People living with HIV/AIDS (UNYPA)

 

Y+ Programme (affiliated to Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)

 

Youth Lead

 

Youth Voices Count

 

Youth Rise

 

Y-PEER

 

Commonwealth Youth Council Constituted at #CYF2013

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12 November 2013

Commonwealth Youth Forum delegates today elected the executive for the largest and most diverse youth body in the world, the new Commonwealth Youth Council.

Ahmed Adamu from Nigeria will chair the new body, which will be the recognised voice of the 1.2 billion young people of the Commonwealth and provide a framework for youth-led development initiatives.

Over the past two days at the Forum in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, candidates from national youth bodies across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth have been campaigning to lead the Council.

Leaders will serve a two-year term until the next Council General Assembly in Mauritius in 2015, are:

Chairperson Ahmed Adamu (Nigeria)
Vice Chairperson – Policy, Advocacy and Projects Sudharshana Lakshmi (India)
Vice Chairperson – Partnerships and Resources Sadham Zarjahan (Sri Lanka)
Vice Chairperson – Inclusion and Engagement Mohamed Husni (Sri Lanka)
Regional Representative – Africa and Europe Kiziah Philbert (Kenya)
Regional Representative – Asia Tharika Dileepani (Sri Lanka)
Regional Representative – Caribbean and the Americas Royden Beharry (Grenada)
Regional Representative – Pacific Harry James (Solomon Islands)
Representative – Special Interest Groups Wathsala Samarakoon (Sri Lanka)

The formation of the Council was endorsed by Commonwealth Heads of Government in Perth, Australia, in 2011.

This year’s Youth Forum delegates are also shaping national and Commonwealth agendas on topics of particular interest to young people under the theme ‘Inclusive Development – Stronger Together!’ Expert presentations and policy working group sessions continued today on the subthemes: gender equality, generating quality youth employment and reconciliation and social cohesion.  The sessions will inform the youth leaders’ meeting with Heads of Government later in the week.

Speaking on youth employment, Barbara Kasumu from Elevations Network said: “Vocational and technical training qualifications need to be valued at the same level as traditional academic routes.  Education alone does not guarantee employment outcomes and more must be done to ensure that work experience is fully integrated into a young person’s learning experience.”

Delegate Racheal Kalaba from Zambia, who attended the session, said: “I was very impressed with the philosophy of the young speaker Ravi Theja Muthu from India, who told us that if we can’t get out of the box that restricts our entrepreneurial endeavours, then we should destroy the box and think in new ways.”

Source: http://thecommonwealth.org

Call for Applications: Thiel Fellowship for Young People


The Thiel Fellowship Council hopes that you’ll apply to the Thiel Fellowship. We love learning about how people want to change the world and how applicants would take the next two years to pursue their projects and dreams. Though we only have 20 spots per year for fellowships, we’re helping hundreds of applicants to change the world by connecting them to resources like mentoring, internships, and inviting them to participate in our Under 20 Community. We look forward to reading your application and being inspired by your vision for the future.

If you are interested in the Thiel Fellowship and want to start meeting other young visionaries and mentors now, apply to join us at the Under 20 Summit.

 

The first Thiel Fellows were announced in May 2011. Applications for the next class of fellows are due by 11:59PM, December 31 of the current year. Applicants must be 19 or younger by December 31st of the current year to qualify. We will select the finalists in the spring and expect to announce the new class in May.

Two Years. $100,000. Some Ideas Just Can’t Wait.

The Thiel Fellowship is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. The Fellowship brings together some of the world’s most creative and motivated young people, and helps them bring their most ambitious ideas and projects to life. Thiel Fellows are given a no-strings-attached grant of $100,000 to skip college and focus on their work, their research, and their self-education. They are mentored by our network of visionary thinkers, investors, scientists, and entrepreneurs, who provide guidance and business connections that can’t be replicated in any classroom. Rather than just studying, you’re doing.

“Every tech story is different. Every moment in history happens only once. All successful companies are successful in their own unique way. It’s your task to figure out what that future history will be.” – Peter Thiel

 

  • Applicants must be 19 or under by December 31st of the application year.
  • Applicants must be able to submit their application in English.
  • Applicants must submit their application by midnight on December 31st of this year.

What benefits are there to applicants of the Thiel Fellowship?

  • The application process will encourage you to move forward with your ideas, help you to think deeply about your future, set goals, and pursue your dreams.
  • Through applicant events like the Under 20 Summit, and virtual connections on Facebook, we’re building a robust community rallying around young visionaries. Anyone who enters into the second round of application review is invited into this group automatically. If you are interested in the Thiel Fellowship and want to start meeting other young visionaries now, apply to join us at the Under 20 Summit.
  • New Offering: We realize that the fellowship is a very small group and that there is a lot of young talent out there. Through the review process fellows and mentors can let us know if they would be interested in having an applicant intern or be hired by their company. As each round progresses you will hear from us if an internship or hiring opportunity arises.
  • Applicants who receive a phone interview get one-on-one support from a mentor and can choose to stay in touch with their interviewer for continued guidance and support.
  • Finalists are flown out to San Francisco where they meet other young visionaries and develop friendships with likeminded peers. They also meet with the Thiel Fellowship Community of fellows, mentors, and staff. We encourage finalists to connect with as many people as possible so that, even if they are not a fellowship recipient, they can still leverage our community. Some finalists have chosen to stay in touch with the Thiel Foundation as well to get advice and encouragement along the way.

For more information: see http://www.thielfellowship.org/become-a-fellow/about-the-program/

Call for Nominations: 2014 YOUNGO Focal Points

YOUNG PEOPLE CONTRIBUTING TO A WORKSHOP ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN IGUIWAZ, MOROCCO. (PHOTO: UNDP CBA BAPTISTE DE VILLE D’AVRAY, 2010)

YOUNG PEOPLE CONTRIBUTING TO A WORKSHOP ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN IGUIWAZ, MOROCCO. (PHOTO: UNDP CBA BAPTISTE DE VILLE D’AVRAY, 2010)

 

 

Nominations for the 2014 YOUNGO Focal Points are now open.

 

We are now calling for self- nominations for the YOUNGO Focal Point positions. If you wish to nominate yourself please apply by Friday, 15th  November , 2013 at 11:59pm Warsaw time . 

 

Timeline for 2014 focal point elections. 

Nominations open:              Wednesday, 13th November 2013

Nominations close:              Friday, 15th November, 2013 at 23:59pm Warsaw Time

Speeches by candidates will be done during the YOUNGO spokes-council on Saturday 16th November 2013.

Voting opens:                      Saturday 16th November 2013 just after the Spokecouncil at 9:00am local time.

Voting closes:                      Monday, 18th November 2013, 22:00 local time)

Result Announcement:         Tuesday 19th  November via email before the Spokescouncil. And then announced at Spokescouncil.

Focal Points Mandate: 


Focal Points shall liaise with the UNFCCC secretariat. The main tasks of the focal points  are:

  • Disseminate information from the UNFCCC secretariat to the international youth delegation
  • Transmit information from the constituency members to the UNFCCC secretariat
  • Promote the UNFCCC Code of Conduct to YOUNGO
  • Liaise with the secretariat at UNFCCC sessions
  • Identify an interim focal point  who will be attending interim sessions (and make sure they have adequate information about existing issues) in the event a focal point  cannot attend an interim session

Focal Points have no decision-making or representation mandate. In cases of doubt concerning an important decision-making process, youth focal points
shall abstain from making final decisions and report the issue to the constituency members for feedback and decision.
Additionally, focal points shall not:

  • Speak to the media on behalf of YOUNGO or constituency members
  • Be designated for YOUNGO representative activities such as delivering statements
  • Represent YOUNGO in a specific context (except if in relation to communication between constituency members and the UNFCCC secretariat)
  • Combine their role with other UNFCCC related tasks (other leadership roles within YOUNGO or any particular delegation)

 

Criteria for focal Point Selection:


Ideally the YOUNGO Focal Points should:

  • Possess good understanding of UNFCCC processes
  • Possess good understanding of YOUNGO history and decision making processes
  • Have previous experience communicating with the UNFCCC secretariat
  • Possess consistent access to the Internet and reliably and quickly communicate with the Secretariat and YOUNGO
  • Commit to a one year term
  • Promote the values and approaches of the Youth constituency:

o democratic, inclusive, and representative decision-making

o empowerment

o transparency

o cooperation

o equity

  • Be able to attend the Conference Of Parties held during their term
  • Have previous COP experience
  • Be trusted and be able to build a trusting relationship with both youth and the UNFCCC secretariat
  • Have experience in multicultural settings and interest in supporting a multicultural and international movement

 

Meet and greet the applicants

Applications will be formatted into a document and sent out to the UNFCCC_youth lists.  Applicants present at COP19 will be asked to attend Spokescouncil on Saturday 16th November to discuss what they can bring to the Focal Point role.
For applicants not at COP19 or not accredited, all efforts will be made to organize an audio or video link for that Spokescouncil session.
All applicants will be encouraged to make a video/audio recording to be distributed through the UNFCCC_youth list, particularly if they cannot attend the Spokescouncil session, whether in person or by video/audio link.


Election Process

  • The election will be administered by the Focal Points and Bottomlining Team during the first week of COP19
  • Individuals can post their candidacy, having identified an organization who will offer them accreditation to all UNFCCC sessions for the 2014 year, and having completed an application form by the deadline specified
  • Complete list of candidates and candidate statements released to UNFCCC_youth list shortly following the deadline for nomination
  • Introduction of candidates either in person or via video or email at the next Spokescouncil meeting of COP19
  • Voting to close several days after the introduction of the candidates, with the deadline announced clearly at Spokescouncil and on UNFCCC_youth, with special outreach to any under-represented regions submitting votes
  • Voting can be accomplished via an online form supplied to UNFCCC_youth
  • Each person and organization may only vote for candidates once
  • Duplicate votes will not count
  • The Global South candidate and the Global North candidate with the highest number of votes received will be selected as the two Focal Points
  • Within one week of winning election, the two Focal Points must decide which will be the Primary and Secondary Focal Point
  • The two elected candidates will assume their roles as Focal Points one month after the conclusion of the election. Simultaneously, the current Focal Points will cease to be Focal Points. The month will be used as a transition time for the current Focal Points to familiarise the two elected candidates with their new roles.


Voting rules

  • ·  There will be 2 voting constituencies each having 50% of the votes

o The first one consists of organisations active in YOUNGO and the UNFCCC process, including youth-led organizations that are UNFCCC-accredited, that are in the application process for UNFCCC accreditation, or have expressed an interest to become UNFCCC-accredited

o The second one consists of individuals committed to action on climate change and interested in the UNFCCC process, originating from the main UNFCCC_youth list though open to any youth who truly wants a say in the Focal Point vote

  • Each individual and each organization will have the right to place two votes: for one candidate from the Global North and one candidate from the Global South

 

After the election
The new Focal Points will properly assume the role a month after COP19.

For the purposes of transition, the 2014 focal points will work with Jamie and Liang-Yi (the current focal points) in the second half of the last week of COP19 – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. This will involve being introduced to key members of the Secretariat, and being copied into any correspondence emails between the current Focal Points and the Secretariat.

If an applicant who is not at COP19 is elected as Focal Points, one or two Skype sessions with the current Focal Points will be arranged, as well as being copied into any correspondence between the current Focal Points and the Secretariat.

Remember – the deadline for filling out the nomination form is Friday, 15th November, 2013 at 11:59pm Local time.
Please follow the link for the form:
https://docs.google.com/a/ukycc.org/forms/d/1X6A8TTIfy-AFmM5vkevSn-oqgE-EJaHyjqIQLCksNcI/viewform
If you have any questions about the process, about the youth constituency or the role of the Focal Points please feel free to contact
Jamie Peters Jamie.peters@ukycc.org and Liang-Yi Chang ian0301s@gmail.com

 

Call for Proposals:Global Fund for Women Grant Opportunity

Women On Bus NepalDeadline: 15 December 2013

The Global Fund for Women provides funding for women’s groups to advance the human rights of women and girls around the world. It gives grants ranging from $500 to $30,000 for operating and program expenses.

The Global Fund for Women supports Groups of women working together.

Organizations that demonstrate a clear commitment to women’s equality and women’s human rights; organizations that are governed and directed by women; and organizations based outside of the United States.

The Global Fund for Women recently moved from accepting proposals on a rolling basis to accepting proposals twice a year with defined cycles. The current grant cycle is open from September 15 onwards and closes on December 15.

There are three types of grants of the Global Fund for Women: InnovationStrengthening, and Sustaining Grants.

Innovation Grants

Women’s movements are stronger when they are diverse and dynamic. Innovation grants fund new/emerging approaches, issues, and voices. With these grants Global Fund aims to raise visibility and leverage resources for women’s movements and to connect emerging groups to a wider network of women’s organizations. They address women’s rights agendas in rural and excluded areas/communities, sustain new approaches, and nurture young feminists involved in building the women’s movement. These grants can also support creative approaches to challenging issues and pilotprojects that require some calculated risk.

Strengthening Grants

Women’s movements are stronger when women’s organizations have the capacity and resources to be effective and strategic. Strengthening grants fund infrastructure, enhance grantee’s programmatic impact, and strengthen capacity and connections. These medium-sized grants aim to support the professionalism of women’s groups. Strengthening Grants offer reliable support to groups who have a track record of cumulative change and have infused voices and issues into mainstream agendas.

Sustaining Grants

Women’s movements are most successful when women’s organizations are well networked, led and supported and have the funds to seize opportunities when they arise. Therefore Sustaining Grants are larger, fund strong national, regional, and global women’s rights organizations. Only those who are invited can apply for them.

For more information, visit this link.