Thursday, 12 December 2013

CYC Chairperson hosts Canadian MYCommonwealth

The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), Ahmed Adamu, hosted a youth delegation from Canada at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London on 11th December, 2013. The delegation came under the auspices of ‘MYCommonwealth (MYC)’, a recognised youth-led organization in Canada. The delegation included Alicia Swinamer and Fawzi Ghosn, Co-founders and National Directors of the MYCommonwealth Canada.
The deleagtion briefed the Chairperson on the history of MyCommonwealth and how they were able to be recognised as a youth representative body for Canadian young people on Commomnwealth issues. MYC is democratic, youth run and led, and is the single source for the views of Canadian youth on Commonwealth issues. MYC engage in public education campaigns to promote knowledge of the Commonwealth, its activities, values, member states and topical issues. Other issues discussed were how the MYC will work with the CYC. The MYC officials offered suggestions to the CYC on how to be inclusive and engaging especially in major decision makings.
The Canadians expressed regret for their absence at the just concluded Inaugural CYC General Assembly part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from November 15 – 17, 2013. The delegation requested the CYC to engage with the government of Canada and support the youth in creating a national youth council and ministry responsible for youth development in Canada.
It will be recalled that the Canadian delegation had proposed a motion to the CYC General Assembly that: “young people should be allowed to represent the interests of the Commonwealth youth at the apex decision making organ of the Commonwealth''. The motion was well received by delegates at the Assembly.
The MYC officials presented some Canadian gifts to the CYC Chair as a symbol of felicitation, in support of youth development in the Commonwealth.
The visit coincides the official lauch of the CYC website (

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