Paris, 28th May 2019: International Youth Committee (IYC) is all set to host the 3rd World Youth General Assembly (WYGA) and first ever IYC – Europe Exchange program 2019 here in Paris, France. The World Youth General Assembly will take place from 9 – 13 December 2019 in 7 venues across the city under the cross cutting theme of “Partnership with Youth to Achieve SDGs: Moving from Policy to Action”. Approximately over 5000 youth leaders from 170 countries are expected to gather during the program.
IYC – Europe Exchange program 2019 will be part of the field visit programs of WYGA and it will begin from 14 Dec. till 20 Dec. During the exchange program, selected 44 students and youths from 17 countries will visit various educational institutions, science and climate change centers, Earthquake observation centers, Human rights institutions, space institutes, various UN offices, etc. in 7 European Countries. And also free nature photography training, event management, survey works, data collections and skills development training programs will be provided during the leisure time by various experts.
During the World Youth General Assembly (WYGA2019), a total of 2 major sideline events will take place in the Preparatory Days (9-10 Dec.) and main event of WYGA 2019 will continue for 3 days including 84 sideline events by various stakeholders, organizing partners, UN agencies and corporate agencies in line with the theme of the main program. For the first time, First Session of the South Asian women Commission adopted in November 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka during the 2nd South Asian Youth Summit 2018 by the South Asian leaders will also take place as one of the sideline meeting during the general assembly.
Some of the important sideline meetings includes World Children Forum 2019 for the children age group of 6 – 14 years (first ever in history), European Youth Forum 2019, African Youth Forum 2019, Asia Pacific Youth Forum 2019, Caribbean Youth Forum 2019, North & South American Youth Forum 2019, etc. will take place during the Assembly. Regional Consultations and various workshops has plan to move in these 5 days gathering of world leaders.
Noted Speakers like Greta Thenburg, Licypriya Kangujam, Justin Trudeau, Barack Obama, Dalai Lama, Gaur Gopal Das, Nadia Murad, Nas Daily (Nas), Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Ma, Mukesh Ambani, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc will be invited to attend the program including all Ministers responsible for youth (Youth Ministers) and other leaders to represent their constituencies. Generally, Youth ministers makes official statement during the general assembly on the implementation, review and advancement of various youth action plans adopted by United Nations and IYC.
Officials said that Invitation letters have started issuing for various categories of participants and speakers. And Access to the conference venues will be restricted due to security reasons. Host country will be responsible for the necessary security measures. Participants can access to only specific sessions as per the level of their participation.
Few Important awards will also be distributed during the General Assembly namely (viz) World Youth Prize 2019 (Highest Youth Award of the World), World Peace Prize 2019, Best Youth Minister Award 2019, South Asian Youth Award 2019, Asia Inspiration Award 2019, Oceania Inspiration Award 2019, Africa Inspiration Award 2019, CANS Inspiration Award 2019, National Youth Icon Award 2019, Global Youth Award 2019, World’s Best Management Excellence Award 2019, World’s Best Healthcare Award 2019, IYC Appreciation Award 2019, IYC Lifetime Achievement Award 2019, India Peace prize 2019, SDGs Award 2019, Climate Champion 2019 and Sangai Young Leader Award 2019 for Environment.
Official dedicated website for the general assembly and a mobile app for the participants will launch in July 2019.
About the World Youth General Assembly
The World Youth General Assembly is the principal main activity of the International Youth Committee (IYC), the only one in which all Member States have equal representation: one nation, one vote. All 176 Member States of the IYC are represented in this unique forum to discuss and work together on a wide array of international issues covered by the IYC Charter, such as empowerment, development, peace and security, youth policy, etc. It convene once in 4 year in December, all the Members meet in the General Assembly Hall of IYC for the General Assembly session.
Functions and Powers of the General Assembly
Forum for multilateral negotiation:
Established in 2007 under the Charter of International Youth Committee, the General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policy making and representative organ of the IYC. Comprising all 176 Members of IYC, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international youth issues covered by the Charter.
It also plays a significant role in the process of standard-setting and the codification of international youth policy. The Assembly meets in regular session intensively in December once in four years, and thereafter as required.
According to the Charter of the International Youth Committee, the General Assembly may:
- Consider and make recommendations on the general principles of cooperation for maintaining international relations amongst the nations through youth, peace and security, including disarmament from under age children;
- Discuss any question relating to international peace and security and, except where a dispute or situation is currently being discussed by the IYC or UN, make recommendations on it;
- Discuss, with the same exception, and make recommendations on any questions within the scope of the Charter or affecting the powers and functions of any activities of the International Youth Committee;
- Initiate studies and make recommendations to promote international youth cooperation through political dialogue, the development and codification of various nations youth policies and law, the realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and international collaboration in the economic, social, humanitarian, cultural, educational and health fields;
- Make recommendations for the peaceful settlement of any situation that might impair friendly relations among nations;
- Receive and consider reports from the Country Ambassadors of their last 4 years annual reports and other IYC Special Organs;
- Consider and approve the International Youth Committee budget and establish the financial assessments of Member States;
- Conduct the elections to appoint President, Vice-President, Secretary General, Assistant Secretary General & Treasurer of the International Youth Committee;
- Consideration of the Non – Members proposal to become the part of the official member states of International Youth Committee on the recommendation of the Secretary-General.
While the Assembly is empowered to make only non-binding recommendations to States on various youth core issues within its competence, it has, nonetheless, initiated actions—political, economic, humanitarian, social and legal—which have affected the lives of millions of people throughout the world.
The World Youth General Assembly reflect the commitment of Members of International Youth Committee to reach specific goals to create a sustainable youth opportunities by attaining peace, security and disarmament along with development and poverty eradication; safeguard human rights and promote the rule of law; protect our common environment; meet the special needs of Africa; and strengthen the IYC.
The search for consensus:
Each Member State (Country Ambassador / IYC Official Representative) in the Assembly has one vote. Votes taken on designated important issues, such as recommendations on youth policies and actions and the election of IYC Executive Council members, require a two-thirds majority of Member States, but other questions are decided by simple majority.
In recent years, a special effort has been made to achieve consensus on issues, rather than deciding by a formal vote, thus strengthening support for the Assembly’s decisions. The President, after having consulted and reached agreement with delegations, can propose that a resolution be adopted without a vote.