The Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting set to take place in Uganda in just a few days will look at empowering young people through resourcing and financing youth development as the main theme.

Florence Nakiwala Kinyingi, the Youth Minister

Florence Nakiwala Kinyingi, the Youth Minister

The Commonwealth brings together government ministers, senior officials, young leaders, and youth workers from across the globe for the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (9CYMM) in Kampala, Uganda, from 31 July to 4 August 2017.

The high-level summit, held every four years, comes as the world’s youth population reaches a record 1.8 billion people aged 15 to 29. Today the youth sector stands at a crossroads, with pressure on governments to do more for their young citizens with fewer resources, and growing aspirations by young people to contribute to their societies.

The meeting will enable government ministers and senior officials to share good practices, debate emerging issues, take stock of pioneering Commonwealth initiatives and forge new partnerships for resourcing youth development. Ministers will engage directly with young leaders and youth sector stakeholders to ensure multiple perspectives are included

in decision making.

The Youth Leaders’ Forum, between 31 July and 1 August, will offer a space for young leaders from Commonwealth member countries to influence and shape the global debate on youth development. Find out more.

On the other hand the Stakeholders’ Forum, between 31 July and 1 August 2017, will provide space for youth sector stakeholders to influence policy-making across the Commonwealth. Youth sector stakeholders may apply to attend and respond to the Call for Papers. Find out more.

Meanwhile the first plenary session of the Ministers’ Meeting, which is preceded by a Senior Officials’ Meeting, will be held on 2 August 2017. The final session on 4 August will bring 9CYMM to a close.

Marking an important milestone, 9CYMM takes place less than a year before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London in April 2018 – and 25 years since the first conference of Commonwealth youth ministers in 1992. Learn more about Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meetings.

The meeting will be convened by the Commonwealth Secretariat and hosted by the Government of Uganda, with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development the lead agency.

The Commonwealth Secretariat has been supporting youth development in its member countries for over 40 years.

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