Want to be Commonwealth youth’s voice? Here is an offer

New Delhi: If you are between 15 and 27 years and want to be the voice of the youth to be heard at the Commonwealth, here is an opportunity to represent the Commonwealth’s 1.4 billion young people on the Commonwealth Youth Council.

The Commonwealth Youth Council is looking for candidates for its executive positions to serve from 2020 to 2022.

Candidates must have at least three years of experience working with a national youth council or a registered youth-led organization.

Speaking from London, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said: “The Commonwealth Youth Council draws together talent from all our regions, and provides a forum to focus and amplify the voices of young people.”

“Its representatives combine ambition with action and enable the needs and expectations of youth in our member countries to be heard.

“This helps equip the Commonwealth to tackle pressing social, economic and political issues, and alerts us to emerging global trends so that we can prepare collectively to deliver a common future that is fairer and safer for all.”

Commonwealth citizens are eligible to submit nominations by March 20.

After nominations and clearance, shortlisted candidates will start campaigning from April 17 leading up to the Commonwealth Youth Forum in June where each country will cast a vote in the elections.

The selected candidates will lead and give strategic advice to the council taking a strong lead in upholding youth advocacy.

Set up in 2013, the council has emerged as one of the world’s most diverse youth-led bodies.

It aims to advance the youth development agenda and enhance young people’s participation at all levels.


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