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The Commonwealth Youth Council draws together talent from our regions, and provides a forum to focus and amplify the voices of young people. Its representatives combine ambition with action, and enable the needs and expectations of youth in our member countries to be heard. This helps equip the Commonwealth to tackle pressing social, economic and political issues, and alerts us to emerging global trends so that we can prepare collectively to deliver a common future that is fairer and safer for all 

Nominations are open for 9 youth leaders to represent the Commonwealth's 1.4 billion young people on the Commonwealth Youth Council. 

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Open Positions 

The open positions include:

  • Chairperson 

  • Vice-Chairperson - Inclusion and Engagement 

  • Vice-Chairperson - Partnerships and Resources

  • Vice-Chairperson - Policy and Advocacy 

  • Regional Representative - Africa and Europe 

  • Regional Representative - Asia 

  • Regional Representative - Caribbean and Americas 

  • Regional Representative - Pacific 

  • Representative - Special Interest Groups (any region) 


To be eligible for the Commonwealth Youth Council you must: 

  • Have at least 3 years of experience working with a national youth council or youth-led organisation.

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen

  • Be aged 15-27  

Nomination and Election 

You need to be nominated by a national youth council or youth-led organisation. 

Nominations are due by 20 March 2020. 

Shortlisted candidates will start campaigning from 17 April 2020. 

Must be able to attend the Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) in Kigali, Rwanda, 20 to 23 June 2020, where elections will take place.

What You'll Do 

  • Serve from 2020 to 2022 

  • Join and organise workshops, forums and advisory panels 

  • Help make policy recommendations 

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Nomination Deadline: 20 March 2020