Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

2008 Annual Summer Youth Conference

09 June 2008 |

This 3-day conference is specially aimed at postgraduate students pursing studies in development and international relations to give them an alternative perspective of global policy.

Matching Rhetoric with Action: Defining a Youth Perspective of the Commonwealth in the 21st Century.

The Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit based in London is pleased to announce that its Annual Summer Youth Conference (SYC) will be held from the 23rd - 25th of June, 2008 in the Menzies and Hancock Room at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of

This years theme, 'Defining a Youth Perspective of the Commonwealth in the 21st Century', is drawn from the 2008 7th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (7CYMM) held in Sri Lanka, April 2008. In his opening speech the Secretary General, His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, committed himself to improving the lives of young people, based on his "conviction that youth encapsulates our collective hope, and is the primary national and global resource to safe guard our future".

The three main goals of the 2008 SYC are to:

  • critically assess the Commonwealth's commitment to policy within the context of international studies and theories through presentations, workshops and seminars
  • provide a vocational/opportunities-based forum for students intent on pursuing careers in international relations/development
  • give participants the rare chance to engage in face-to-face dialogue with key Commonwealth policy makers.


The Commonwealth Secretary General, High Commissioners, Parliamentarians, Academics, Senor Commonwealth Staff, Journalists and Civil Society Activists.

£50 for 3 days, £40 for 2 days, £30 for 1 day. This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day together with workshop materials and entrance to evening events.

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