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  • Join our next Commonwealth Youth Exchange: Malta & the UK 2022-2023!

    Are you an inspiring young leader who is passionate about creating positive changes in your local community? In partnership with Clarion Futures, we’re offering six young people from Malta, aged 18-25 the exciting opportunity to take part in a six-month youth exchange programme, which aims to embed meaningful social action on a global scale. As part of the programme, you’ll have the chance to take part in social action projects and campaigns that make a difference, along with training sessions to support you along the way. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the UK (30 September – 2/3 October 2022), where you’ll create connections with other young people to share knowledge of building and maintaining connected communities. All reasonable costs will be covered, including flights, accommodation and expenses. Bursaries to assist with the delivery of social action plans will also be considered. So if you’re passionate about making a difference in your community, we want to hear from you! Timeline: How can I apply? Applicants should submit their answers to the following questions, together with a copy of their CV and details of two references to communications@royalcwsociety.org by 23:59 BST on Monday, 29 August 2022. All applications will be acknowledged, and a member of the team will contact you if you have been successful to arrange an informal interview and provide you with more information about the programme. Please note that individual feedback will not be provided for unsuccessful applications. Please note all participants should be: 18-25 years old; A Maltese citizen; Passionate about creating positive change in your community; Have some previous experience of engaging in social action, volunteering or activism; Awareness of grassroots organisations and social action opportunities in your local area; Knowledge of young people in your community and the issues that affect them; Good communication skills; Enjoy meeting new people and would be excited to attend a 3-day residential programme in September/ October in the UK, and a 3-day youth exchange in Malta on a shared room occupancy basis; An active team member who will commit to attending all meetings and virtual training/exchange activities, as well as participate in the programme for assigned period. Have the ability to travel internationally (i.e. holder of a valid passport).

  • CYGEN: Open Call for Applications!

    The Commonwealth Youth Gender & Equality Network (CYGEN) is a youth-led network that actively promotes and supports the meaningful inclusion of youth voices on gender equality issues in local, national, regional, Commonwealth and international agendas. We seek to improve the position of young people, and advocate for increased meaningful youth engagement and participation in existing structures, processes and governance. As a Network, we facilitate opportunities for young people to voice their concerns on gender equality issues that not only affect them, but that impact the variety of communities in which they live. CYGEN is supported by the Royal Commonwealth Society, which serves as the Secretariat of the Network. Objectives 1. To ensure youth voices (from the commonwealth, and beyond) are represented in national, regional, Commonwealth, and international agendas and forums on gender equality issues. 2. To advocate for the development and implementation of policies which promote the well being of all young people. 3. To provide a space for young people living in the Commonwealth to share information and experiences related to gender equality. 4. To conduct research by youth, on youth issues from a gender equality perspective. 5. To provide technical advice on how to integrate youth voices into the development of programmes. 6. To engage with existing networks, advocacy efforts, and campaigns to increase the visibility of youth perspectives. All applicants are required to fulfill the following criteria: - Be a citizen of a Commonwealth country - Be between the ages of 18 and 29 by 31st December 2022 - Have a proven and verifiable track record of working on gender issues (academic and/or professional) - Have a genuine commitment to combating gender inequality - Identify strongly with Commonwealth values and the values of CYGEN as expressed in the Gender Agenda The deadline for membership applications is at 23:59 BST on Monday, 15 August 2022.

  • HRH The Prince of Wales announces pan-Commonwealth commitment to The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy

    His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales announced pan-Commonwealth commitment to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda, on 24 June 2022. Launched at the Malta CHOGM in 2015 with the vision of creating a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation projects that marked Her Majesty The Queen’s service to the Commonwealth and conserved indigenous forests for future generations, the QCC is the first environmental initiative in The Queen’s name. From an initial commitment by seven countries at its launch, all 54 Commonwealth Member States have now joined the QCC, collectively dedicating some 115 sites and projects around the Commonwealth and conserving more than 12 million hectares of indigenous forests and botanical gardens. Announcing pan-Commonwealth commitment, The Prince of Wales said: “Throughout her Reign, The Queen has placed, and continues to place, the greatest importance on the common friendship, humanity, and values that all of us share… and I know how grateful she is that, in recognition of Her Majesty’s unstinting service to our Commonwealth family, all Commonwealth Member States have announced that they have now committed themselves to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.” Conceived by the Rt. Hon. The Lord Field of Birkenhead, CH, PC, DL, of the United Kingdom, the QCC has been led by the Royal Commonwealth Society, in partnership with Cool Earth and the Commonwealth Forestry Association. The Executive Chair of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Dr Linda Yueh, said: “The QCC is a truly remarkable example of the Commonwealth taking concrete action to create a brighter, common future for its 2.5 billion citizens. This initiative has seen government and non-government actors come together to conserve a vast range of forest types around the Commonwealth, including several UNESCO World Heritage sites and forests that our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, has visited during her 70 years of service to the Commonwealth. It is a delight to announce this pan-Commonwealth commitment during this momentous year and we look forward to welcoming new members to the QCC as the Commonwealth family grows in the future.” Lord Field, Co-Founder of Cool Earth, said: “This inspiring project has brought together 54 countries in common cause, with millions of trees being planted as part of the QCC by tens of thousands of Commonwealth citizens. Today, we celebrate this remarkable achievement and create a lasting legacy to The Queen’s unstinting and inspirational service to the Commonwealth.” Alan Pottinger, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Forestry Association, said: “People and forests need each other, and it is this important concept that lays at the heart of this wonderful initiative. With project sizes varying from those covering millions of hectares to those covering just a few, the QCC demonstrates the ability of the Commonwealth to act together to conserve one of its most important habitats - forests.”

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  • Royal Commonwealth Society

    CW YOUTH EXCHANGE: MALTA - UK Are you an inspiring young leader who is passionate about creating positive changes in your local community? In partnership with Clarion Futures , we’re offering six people from Malta, aged 18-25 the exciting opportunity to take part in a six-month youth exchange programme, which aims to embed meaningful social action on a global scale. Apply now! Find out more STRENGTH AND OPPORTUNITY COMES FROM BEING CONNECTED VISION AND MISSION The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) is a network or individuals and organisations committed to improving the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens across the world. We champion the importance of literacy, equality and connected communities across the Commonwealth's 56 member nations. Download CYGEN The Commonwealth Youth Gender & Equality Network (CYGEN) is a youth-led, and focused network established by the Society in 2015. Find out more and visit the Commonwealth Youth Knowledge Hub! Download THE QCC The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), was launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta in 2015. It presents a unique opportunity to unite the whole Commonwealth family and save one of the world's most important natural habitats - our forests. Find out more. Download OUR IMPACT 100,000+ essay competition entries written across the Commonwealth since 2010 11,532,337 hectares are now part of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy 1,400 young change-makers across the Commonwealth EVENTS QCEC 2022 ENTRY DEADLINE Thursday, 30 June 2022 Online Find out more QCEC 2022 AWARD CEREMONY Thursday, 27 October (TBC) London, UK Find out more HIGH COMMISSIONERS' BANQUET Monday, 5 December 2022 Guildhall, London Find out more NEWS & BLOG - 6 days ago Join our next Commonwealth Youth Exchange: Malta & the UK 2022-2023! - Aug 1 CYGEN: Open Call for Applications! - Jun 24 HRH The Prince of Wales announces pan-Commonwealth commitment to The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy

  • Meetings & Events | CYGEN

    Upcoming Meetings and Events August 2022 Today Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Past Meetings and Events Read about previous meetings and events and watch the recordings of the sessions online. - 8 minutes ago CYGEN: Open Call for Applications! The Commonwealth Youth Gender & Equality Network (CYGEN) is a youth-led network that actively promotes and supports the meaningful... - Mar 8 International Women's' Day 2022 On International Women's Day 2022 members of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network joined Chair of the Royal Commonwealth... Use the calendar below to see what is coming up in the calendar. Click on diary entries to find out more and to register.

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