What is the Commonwealth Youth Forum?
The Commonwealth Youth Forum, more popularly known as the “CYF”, is an event which brings together young people from the Commonwealth nations to discuss issues of contemporary importance, and enables them to identify their own agendas and prioritize issues of importance to youth. The CYF provides an independent platform for representatives of the Commonwealth member countries to consider the Youth agenda at the same time as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
What is the role of the National Secretariat for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting?
The National Secretariat for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Youth Program (CYP) and the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council (CYEC) coordinates and resources the CYF. The National Secretariat has overall responsibility for coordinating the CHOGM and all of its associated events.
What is the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council (CYEC)?
CYEC is a youth development Civil Society Organization (CSO) which believes young adults are an essential resource for the development of Commonwealth nations. The organization supports youth-led development activities and high quality community-based youth exchange. It promotes young people’s skills exchange, youth organization capacity-building and inter-change, and provides a platform for young people’s voices to be heard throughout the Commonwealth. CYEC is the founder, facilitator and supporter of the Commonwealth Youth Forum which has developed as a pan Commonwealth platform for young people to share concerns and recommendations with the wider Commonwealth at the time of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and beyond.