CIVICUS Youth Assembly 2008
11 Jun 2008
The CIVICUS Youth Assembly returns to Glasgow for a thirdyear. The event brings together 200 young people, aged 18 to 25 who have been chosen as the most engaged, dynamicyoung activists in the field of Social and Civic Justice.
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The CIVICUS Youth Assembly returns to Glasgow, in Scotland, for a third year. The event brings together 200 young people, aged 18 to 25, from around the world, who have been chosen as the most engaged, dynamic young activists in the field of Social and Civic Justice. Building on last year’s success, they will have the chance to meet and work with other young people who are keen to create a more just and equitable world.
CIVICUS, which means of the town’ or of the community’ in Latin, was first set up in 1993. Its aim was to amplify the voices and opinions of ordinary people to produce a combined creative energy for the global civil society.
Ingrid Srinath, recently appointed as Secretary General, says: ‘I was attracted to CIVICUS because of my profound belief in the role civil society plays instigating change in the unequal world we inhabit. I look forward to increasing the reach of civil society and I know that here, I will be surrounded by people who can help make this happen.’
The Youth Assembly will offer young delegates a space to develop and commit to action internationally. The theme of participation in civil society will be explored over the course of the event and delegates will learn about the issues that effect billions of people worldwide.
The event is hosted by the Roars not Whispers project in Glasgow ñ set up by Oxfam and the Scottish Youth Parliament for active 16–25 year olds who want to make change. The organisation supports the development of youth work done by the World Assembly but it works mainly for change in Scotland.
In attending the Youth Assembly, delegates will then go on to participate in the CIVICUS World Assembly. Here, they will have an opportunity to meet and even influence some of the world’s top Non Governmental Organisations, share the platform with high-profile speakers and meet grassroots activists from all over the world.
Daniel, Matthias, Julien, Olivier, Shahrez and Joao have a tea break at last year’s CIVICUS Youth Assembly
Photo: © Joao Felipe Scarpelini
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