Commonwealth Local Government Young Professionals Forum

The Commonwealth Local Government Young Professionals Forum took place immediately before the main Commonwealth Local Government Conference at City Hall, Cardiff. The forum brought together young mayors and Councillors, professionals and entrepreneurs working with local government or local enterprise across the Commonwealth. Following the forum delegates attended the main Commonwealth Local Government Conference on 'Energising local economies: partnerships for prosperous communities'.

The Commonwealth Young Professionals programme was a partnership project between CYEC, Commonwealth Local Government Forum, Cardiff City Council, A Leap, British Council, Commonwealth Youth Programme and Youth Business International. CYEC was the lead agency on the coordination of the forum. A team of young Commonwealth professionals based in the UK developed and delivered the forum.

For more information on the Commonwealth Young Professionals Forum please visit


British Airways sponsored delegates from African and Asian Commonwealth countries to attend the forum in Cardiff.

CYEC welcomed the partnership of British Council's Active Citizens programme and participation from Kenya, Sudan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office generously provided a grant towards the forum via CYEC.


Look out for the latest updates from this project below.

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 15:00

The finished recommendations are here! It’s a really great piece of work, thanks to all those that contributed to it at the Forum and since. Special thanks go to Tavarrie, Rashida, Trina, Jean-Paul, Peter, Hajira, Alex and Kerrie who took time out of their very busy day jobs to turn this around in days!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 12:00

We've written up notes from this mornings World Cafe in a series of Google Documents. To explore visually the themes emerging I've created Worldle's for each document, and for them all together:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 12:00

It seems like the groups are goin well so I thought I'd take a quick break to post a Welsh lesson for those that are interested.
You might have noticed some of the Welsh speakers opening and closing their talks with the same two phrases, so here they are in Welsh, with phoenetic pronunciation and in translation:
1. “Croeso i Gymru a croeso i Gaerdydd”
(Croy-soh ee gum-ree, ah croy-so ee guy-er-deethe)
Welcome to Wales and welcome to Cardiff
 2. “Diolch yn fawr”
(Dee-ol-cchh un vaw-er)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 12:00

I am so tired of looking at 60 year old, grouchy men sitting in my Parliament and deciding the fate of India. Bald, pock-marked, wrinkled skin- yes, they are, but being ugly is not the dontproblem. The problem is that they are pessimistic- they no longer believe they can change, they don't believe that the youth know anything, they don't think we have the insight enough to decide what's right for our future. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 12:00

What does meaningful youth participation mean to you at a local level? Please share your own experiences in terms of-
1.       What have you achieved through a youth-led initiative?
2.       What were the gaps you identified in implementing youth led projects at local level?
3.       How the issues identified can be abridged for effective youth participation to assist local governments?

Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 12:04

We're going to be using all sorts of social media tools to get news of the CYPF shared across the Commonwealth.
On Sunday afternoon at 16:00 we'll be running social reporter training for anyone who wants to be part of the team.
You will find out how to use video recording, twitter, photography, slideshare, blogging and live-blogging tools to amplify the Forum.

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