World Youth Conference

World Youth Conference facilitate a process that strengthens effective youth participation in the planning, implementation and evaluation of various global issues of the world which refers to the process of defining the future global development framework that will succeed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) of the United Nation. The Conference will also create an inclusive platform for youth that enables them to review the progress of the SDG’s, share ideas, experiences and innovative approaches for effectively contributing to the SDG framework and its implementation. It was held in 2010 in Mexico, 2012 in Belgium, 2014 in Sri Lanka, 2016 in India, 2017 in Belize & upcoming 2019 in Mauritius (shifted to India).

It brings together young delegates from all over the world to exchange views, share experiences on different issues, detect common preoccupations and to develop realistic action plans to rebuild communities that meet the needs and aspirations of young people. The event allows people to voice their ideas and concerns and make suggestions directly.

Today’s youth are arising to shape the present and futures of their countries. They want to be heard, to be included in decision making debates and to make change. Student’s engagement, social innovation, fostering democracy, youth employment, conflict and sustainable development are amongst the issues that have been discussed on the floor of the “WORLD YOUTH CONFERENCE”.

The conference will foster information exchange between persons who have faced many different types of issues (not directly human – made, although many have significant contributory factors from human activity and environmental change).

The Conference is expected to bring together 1500 participants every year, half of them young people, aged 18 to 29, and 350 of them will come from marginalized backgrounds, making the conference one of the most well represented youth events at the global level. A minimum of three official youth delegates will be selected by the country coordinator of each country. In addition to this, 350 more young people belonging to under-represented groups will be selected by the International Country Coordinator. Furthermore, as many as 300 youth delegates who are from host country must be selected. The Conference has a unique aim of producing a joint outcome document between states and youthAnother over 5000 open participants will also gather for the global village.

The aim of the Conference is to identify and share practical, evidence-based solutions that can support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The WYC provides a unique opportunity to bring together stakeholders from government, academia, the United Nations, international agencies, NGOs, IGOs and grassroots organizers to share practical solutions towards the achievement of more sustainable and inclusive societies.

The SDGs and Paris Agreement provide a comprehensive global action agenda for the years 2016 to 2030. These intensely negotiated agreements offer the international community a bold, people-centered and planet-sensitive development framework that requires transformational changes in governance and institutional performance. This Conference will provide an inclusive space focused on youth for global empowerment and sustainable development as the key to advancing the SDGs.

OBJECTIVES

As a whole the World Youth Conference 2019 will be a meeting point for the representatives of youth-led networks, governments and civil society organizations designed to identify priorities of action for youth to be dealt with on the international development agenda beyond the SDGs. This forum will strengthen cooperation links between country and stakeholders involved with youth policies.

During the dialogue all participants will gather to address and call for action on the following objectives:

  • A global network of young people across the world empower to share experiences and exchange ideas on conservation of biodiversity for sustainable development, to eradicate poverty, to explore new tourism destination, to discover new ideas on health and educational sciences, to hunt the sportive instinct from youths with scientific implication, to preserve our culture, indigenous people, food, heritage, and also to stand against drugs, HIV/AIDS, Crime against women, human trafficking, etc.;
  • To create an inclusive youth participation platform that enables young people to review the progress on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • To share ideas, experiences and innovative approaches for effectively implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda.
  • To facilitate a process that increases awareness on and implementation of the World Programme for Action on Youth (WPAY).
  • To facilitate effective partnerships with youth, youth-led organizations and youth movements to further strengthen inclusive youth participation in the decision-making processes and implementation of the sustainable development agenda.
  • To contribute to the establishment of a permanent youth engagement mechanism that ensures consistent follow- up with young people and further boosts their participation and partnership in the implementation of the SDGs at national, regional and global levels.
  • International Youth Project designed at the conference to be implemented in different countries;
  • Ongoing face book and other social networking discussions;
  • Recommendation made during the conference will be send for policy formulation to both Local and National Governments and other International Organization like, UNESCO, UNDP, UNICEF and other bodies on youth resilience, rebuilding communities and disaster response.

Principles & Values of Conference Participation:

Principle

Attendees at the Conference will finalize an youth action agenda to mobilize civil society – its local and international NGOs, networks and activists, as well as academics, educators, policy makers, businesses and member states, reflecting the aspirations and ambitions of all global citizens, in the spirit of leaving no one behind. This agenda will be drafted through a global multi-stakeholder consultation process, leading up to and during the Conference. The agenda will be offered for adoption at the final plenary session of the Conference, and will be shared widely with civil society as well as UN Member States, UN Organizations and the UN Secretary-General. The Conference has a unique aim of producing a joint outcome document between states and youth.

Issues at Stake

  • Lack of adequate institutional mechanisms to foster youth participation in decision making processes and the need for greater support of youth-led organizations and initiatives to enhance their contribution to society;
  • Need to encourage government to adopt and domesticate the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY) in line with their national priorities;
  • Need for the effective implementation of inclusive and gender-sensitive national youth policies;
  • Need to create effective platforms at national and regional levels to help transform young people’s ideas into concrete actions for positive change;
  • Need to strengthen networks and partnerships among Governments, youth-led organizations, academic institutions, civil society, private sector, media etc. to enhance commitment and support for the implementation of holistic youth development activities;
  • Need to enhance the participation of young men and women in governance and political processes.

Our world is a home of young people who struggles with the spread of fear and discrimination, high levels of exclusion and unemployment. The participation of youth in identifying and responding to their own needs and aspirations is central to achieving the bold ambitions of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The skills and knowledge young people acquire must enable them to become critical thinkers, problem-solvers and innovators, empowering them to work together in dialogue to secure durable peace and sustainable development. Youth are a vehicle for imbuing the sense of belonging, motivation and skills that are central to engaging young people in constructive dialogue between and across communities. Young people have a critical role to play in managing issues and in finding solutions to pressing development challenges.

Advocating for the youth, based on the resources of culture, education, understanding, communication and information, International Youth Committee has been working as a think tank through an innovative ideas with the kind support of researcher, civil society and youth networks, to demonstrate the reality of mutual enrichment and cultural overlapping throughout the history of humanity among all segments of our societies.

With this backdrop and interest of the youth for socio- economic development and achieving SDG despite various limitations, the World Youth Conference 2019 is designed with the close collaboration of Government of Mauritius, IYC, civil society organization and other youth-led organization have come forward to organize the event with the kind support and cooperation of the Government & the people of Mauritius. 

Theme:

The cross cutting theme of World Youth Conference 2019 is “Partnership with Youth to Achieve SDGs: Moving from Policy to Action”.

Event Focus: 

  1. Social Justice- Gender equality, realizing peace, Reconciliation and Ending Violence.
  2. Conservation of Biodiversity for Sustainability, Climate Change, Eco-Tourism Development & Disaster Risk Reduction;
  3. Education for all;
  4. Exchange of culture, recreation and its development;
  5. Poverty Eradication, Food and Nutrition Security &
  6. Preservation of Indigenous People and Our heritage. 

Place and Time:

The event will take place from 16 – 20 December 2019 and the host city will be New Delhi, India (shifted from Port Louis in Mauritius). Opening Grand Ceremony cum Welcome Cultural Night will be held on 16th September 2019.

Venue:

Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, India (shifted from Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius).

Modalities & Programme:

  1. World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (WCMRY);
  2. Official Ministerial Statement;
  3. Ministerial Round Tables;
  4. High Level Dialogues among the civil society, youth stakeholders, government representatives (from the Ministries) and delegates;
  5. Special Sessions;
  6. Side Events;
  7. Preparatory Days;
  8. Ceremonies & Receptions;
  9. Field Visits
  10. Innovation Platform
  11. Ignite Stage;
  12. Panel Discussions (IYC representatives, Media, Hon. Ministers of all Countries, government representatives and civil society actors)
  13. Bi-lateral dialogues between the Ministers (particularly the Minister of Youth Affairs / Apex bodies of youth and sports for the countries or their representatives) of the World as a sideline event (meetings);
  14. Dialogue between IYC, representatives of the various government and civil society representatives (corporate may be invited).
  15. Global Village (Exhibition of all Ministry responsible for Youth works of the World);

Expected Outcome:

  1. Assemble of youths from all over the World & other Observer Countries to share and learn issues, concerns, challenges and solutions;
  2. Assemble of all Ministers of Youth Affairs (or their representatives) will come together to a common platform under a single roof which will strengthen their bilateral relations;
  3. Assemble of World’s Best including top youth Leaders, Corporate leaders, various high profile celebrities, Nobel laureates and top ranking political figures;
  4. The outcome document will be considered as a “Port Louis Declaration for Youth 2019” with specific action plan carrying priorities and needs of the youth in order to promote the establishment of a stunning mechanism and strategic framework that will provide a specific youth agenda in entire respective government of the World. This document will also be presented to all counties including United Nation;
  5. An apex body will be constituted who will constantly follow you and make reaching of the other countries, and, it is hoped, will help set national and local agendas for the future of the youth;
  6. Brotherhood relationship and cooperation.

Registration Fees:

Registration Fee will be charge to participants of Open Call as per the certain deadline as follows:

WITHOUT ACCOMMODATION:

14th December 2018 – 14th February 2019 (Early Bird Registration Fee)  : 300$

15th February – 15th April 2019 (General Registration Fee)  : 450$

16th April 2019 – 16th June 2019 (Late Registration Fee)      : 600$

WITH ACCOMMODATION:

14th December 2018 – 14th February 2019 (Early Bird Registration Fee)  : 600$

15th February – 15th April 2019 (General Registration Fee)  : 800$

16th April 2019 – 16th June 2019 (Late Registration Fee)      : 1000$

Registration Fee will cover opening gala dinner, Closing farewell dinner, attendance to all sessions and conference materials. A maximum of 3 youth can be selected per each country under the Open Call. Air Tickets & other local hospitality must be arranged by self.

***Limited flight support are available for selected delegates on certain deadline of confirmation basis for the needy marginalized young people.

***Selected Speakers will get free both local hospitality & round trip flight tickets. Speakers will be selected from amongst the confirmed participants. Confirmation can be done by only payment of registration fees.

***Registration Fees are not applicable to IYC MEMBERS. Members who wish to register WITH ACCOMMODATION need to pay only extra accommodation fees.

*** Registration deadline has been extended till October 30, 2019.

Axis and Contents of the Conference:

The World Youth Conference 2019 will have two main pillars: The Government Forum and the Social Forum.

The Government Forum:

All government high level officials, United Nations agencies, non- governmental organizations accredited to ECOSOC and representatives of international and national organizations are invited to the Government Forum. The Government Forum will result in a Declaration with recommendations for governments on measures and policies to be taken regarding youth and development, aiming to 2030 and beyond.

The Social Forum:

The Social Forum will be a space for the Nationwide Meeting of Civil Society Organizations. The NGOs Meeting, expected to be attended by representatives from many organizations, will produce a document of recommendations that will be submitted to the Government Forum for its consideration.

Registration for World Youth Conference 2019:

For online registration: http://iyc-hq.org/registration-wyc2019/

OR

For offline registration: Submit your CV / resume, high resolution photograph, brief profile and passport scanned copy at mauritiusyouth@wyc-secretariat.com.

Official Website:

Official Website: www.wyc-secretariat.com will be launched soon. It’s currently under maintenance. For any queries, plz write to: mauritiusyouth@wyc-secretariat.com.