Commonwealth Youth Forum

Delivering a Common Future:

19 - 21 June 2022 | Intare Conference Arena | Kigali | Rwanda

We are finally meeting again!

About the Commonwealth Youth Forum

The CYF is the ‘centrepiece’ of the Commonwealth’s youth engagement strategy and is the highest decision-making forum for young people in the Commonwealth.

It brings together young leaders from across the Commonwealth to exchange ideas; build networks; identify and debate development issues, challenges and opportunities; agree youth-led initiatives to mitigate challenges facing young people; and create opportunities to enhance young potential.

Rwanda expects up to 300 delegates including two official youth delegates from each member country, as well as other specially invited/selected international and local young people, and key youth sector stakeholders.

There’s nothing quite like the power of in-person collaboration, engaged discourse and the big ideas generated from these engagements that will shape the shared future of the Commonwealth.

Programme

Taking charge of Our Future

Kigali – Rwanda 19-21 June 2022 Intare Conference Arena

Saturday

18 June 2022

Sunday

19 June 2022

Monday

20 June 2022

Tuesday

21 June 2022

All Day

Arrivals + Registration + Accreditation

  • Badge pick-up + COVID isolation requirements
  • (Side Events Registration on Events App)

08.30am - 10am

  • Arrival at Venue
  • Speed Networking
  • Coffee & Tea

10am - 11am

Flag Ceremony

11am - 11.30am

Opening Ceremony - Taking Charge of our Future

  • Artistic Performance
  • Welcome Remarks
  • Opening Remarks

11.30am - 1pm

Intergenerational Dialogue: Taking charge of our future.

This session will explore some or all 6 thematic areas to be explored in the forum: Governance and Rule of Law; Technology and Innovation, Sustainability, Human Capital, Health & COVID -19, Trade, Entrepreneurship & Employment.

The panel will discuss the role of Youth leadership in affecting needed change, and roles of other actors.

2.30pm - 3.10pm

Youth Leadership Labs I

3.15pm - 4.15pm

Plenary Session II: Redefining Sustainability

Keynote Address Stories of Impact Panel

This session will include a keynote address, sharing of stories of impact, and a panel of experts, changemakers and influencers which will explore and redefine “sustainability” under the current social, political and economic context. The panel will look at better and innovative ways to achieve new standards.

4.15pm – 5.30pm

Youth Leadership Labs II

5.30pm – 7pm

Plenary III: Fireside Chat

7pm – 9pm

City Immersion

Different excursions will be proposed including artistic performances, and street festivals at the three Kigali Car-free Zone, etc.

09am

Plenary Session IV

10.00am – 12.00pm

Youth Leadership Labs III

12pm - 13pm

Lunch and Networking

13pm

Plenary Session V: Youth champions of Innovation for Transformation and Development

Keynote Address Stories of Impact Panel

This session will include a keynote address, sharing of stories of impact, and a panel of experts, changemakers and influencers who will explore Innovation, Technology and how the youth can leverage their knowledge to accelerate impact.

14.15pm – 16.00pm

Youth Leadership Labs IV

4.15pm – 5.30pm

Plenary Session VI: Co-creation and Partnerships

Keynote Address Stories of Impact Panel

This session will include a keynote address, sharing of stories of impact, and a panel of experts, changemakers and influencers who will provide tips and insights to identifying and forming strategic partnerships required to take projects and ideas forward

5.30pm – 6pm

Closing of Day 2 and Reflection

7pm – 9pm

Cultural Night Dinner

Entertainment Food Networking

9am – 12pm

CYC General Assembly Partner Side Events

Partners will lead various sessions will equip the youth with the skills they require to execute their projects.

12pm – 1pm

Lunch and Networking

1pm – 2.15pm

Closing Ceremony

CYC Installation Presentation of the action plan for 2022 - 2024 Youth Declaration Closing remarks

3pm - 5pm

Kigali StartUp Festival

6pm - 8pm

Kigali Night Run