Young leaders to share their vision on Commonwealth policies
Young leaders to share their vision on Commonwealth policies

RWANDA: The 12th Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF), which opens on Sunday in Kigali, Rwanda, will give young people the opportunity to shape future Commonwealth policies.

The three-day event, which takes place ahead of the main Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), provides a unique opportunity for young leaders to present policy ideas to their governments, expressing their role in determining the Commonwealth's future.

More than 60% of Commonwealth people are under the age of 30, a group that has been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic and social consequences. Many young people lost their jobs or were unable to find work, and millions more had their schooling disrupted.

Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, said: "There is no doubting the magnitude of the task ahead of us. The upheavals and consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic cast a long shadow over the ensuing decades, threatening to undo our social and economic progress while deepening existing flaws. "However, we have a significant advantage in the Commonwealth: a young majority with a lot of talent, a desire to innovate, and a want to be a part of the solution", the Secretary-General added.

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