The Commonwealth Secretariat is hosting a new webinar series for young people to have a louder voice in policy decisions affecting them. The announcement comes after both the Commonwealth Youth Forum and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) were postponed due to COVID-19.
Young leaders present the Global Youth Statement for Road Safety to HRH Prince Michael of Kent at the luncheon for Commonwealth Ministers at the 3rd Ministerial Conference for Road Safety in Februrary 2020.
Expert Panel Member to the Commonwealth Road Safety Initiative and YOURS staff member Manpreet Darroch said, "We have been pursuing road safety to be focused on within the Commonwealth Youth structure through the Commonwealth Road Safety Initiative. We encourage young leaders to participate in the action series and bang the drum from road safety within the relevant connected sessions".
The monthly ‘Taking Charge of our Future’ webinar series will run from July to December. It will focus on the five CHOGM pillars covering issues such as employment, climate change, technology, education and equal opportunities.
The Commonwealth Youth Council’s vice chair Darrion Narine said: “Young people need a seat at the table where decisions are made about their future.
“This series will allow us to consult with young people as equal partners in coming up with solutions that leaders can consider to respond to their needs, particularly in light of the pandemic.”
Building on the 2020 theme of ‘youth engagement for global action’ for International Youth Day, the series will engage about 1,000 young people to ensure their voices are heard in the debate around global development.
Shomy Hasan Chowdhury from the Commonwealth Youth Forum’s taskforce said: “The impact of COVID-19 will be far lasting, excluding young people or diverting attention away from them will be harmful to everyone.
“This webinar series is critical for young people to come together and brainstorm fresh ideas to inform global responses to deal with what is to come after COVID-19.” Read more.