On 16-18 April, on the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018 held in London, ACP YPN’s Director and Founder Yentyl Williams, signed two MoUs to strengthen international youth cooperation with the Commonwealth Youth Council represented by Ms. Abena Dugan, CYC’s newly elected Vice Chairperson, Partnership and Resources; and with the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC) represented by their Chairperson, Mr. Shaquille Knowles.
About: The Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) is the official representative voice of the more than 1.2 billion young people in the Commonwealth. The CYC was first established in 2013 with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Commonwealth Youth Programme. It was endorsed by Commonwealth Heads of Government at their biennial summit in Sri Lanka as an “autonomous, youth-led” organisation. Led by a nine-member executive, the CYC acts as a coalition of national youth councils and other youth-led civil society and private sector bodies from across the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth. It aims to further advance the youth development agenda by integrating young people into the development work of the Commonwealth at national, regional, and Pan-Commonwealth levels. It also provides a sustainable platform for unified engagement with decision makers and youth-led development initiatives. The current CYC chairperson, elected in April 2018, is Tijani Christian, from Jamaica.
About: The Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC) is the collective voice of National Youth Councils and represents the voice of youth for the Caribbean. It was established at the ‘3rd Caribbean Youth Leaders’ Summit’ in 2013 with the inaugural Executive Board elected. It is supported by the Youth Division of The Commonwealth Secretariat. The CRYC has a number of strategic directions, including youth participation, representation, youth rights, and youth work.
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