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Latest news & opportunities on international youth participations for young people around the world

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Here you’ll find all the latest news and opportunities for youth participation in the UK, Europe and around the world brought together by British Youth Council on Friday, Nov 30 2012. Opportunities include UK Young Ambassador positions, an upcoming Commonwealth Youth Council in December, applications for the G20 Girls Summit, BYC and UNICEF consultations and a new toolkit for youth consultations for the post-2015 world.

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Apply now to be a UK Young Ambassador!

The Young Ambassadors are a team of 6 young people (aged 16-25) from across the United Kingdom with diverse backgrounds and experiences. They reach out to their communities and networks to listen to the concerns and views of young people which they take to international forums and meetings to ensure they are heard at the highest level. They receive training and support to develop their skills and knowledge to do this effectively.

Applications are now open for Young Ambassadors for 2013/2014. You must be able to attend the residential on 25-27th January 2013 and aged 18-25. The deadline is December 13th 2012.

For more information about the role, click here.
To download the application form, click here.

Commonwealth Youth Parliament - London, 5-7th December

The UK is proud to host the Commonwealth Youth Parliamentin Westminster 5-7 December 2012. This will be thefifth CYP, taking place in the UK to mark the Diamond Jubilee year of HM The Queen.

The three-day programme will focus on the theme of governance, exploring the topic at a local, national and international level. To deepen their understanding, the delegates’ time will be split between the historic and ornate surroundings ofParliament as well as the Greater London Assembly.

Find out all the information below and #cyp2012.

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G20 Girls Summit - Russia 2013 - Applications now open!

The G(irls)20 Summit brings together one delegate from each G20 country, plus a representative from the European Union and the African Union. The delegates debate, discuss and design innovative ideas necessary to empower girls and women globally and present these to G20 Leaders. While the agenda is the same as the G20 leaders and focuses on economic innovation - the participants are all girls, aged 18-20.

Young woman from a G20 country or can represent the European or African Union and will be 18-20 years of age at the time of the Summit (June 13th to 21st), you are invited to apply. The deadline is December 30th 2012.

Girls 20 Summit | 3.5 Billion Ways to Change the World

BYC & UNICEF consultations on the ‘world we want’

In the year 2000 world leaders agreed a set of targets to work on together to fight poverty and inequality around the world. These Millennium Development Goals end in 2015 and there is now a debate about what the priorities for international development should be after 2015.

Consultations are taking place in countries around the world and BYC and UNICEF are working to ensure that young people from the UK get their voice heard. Join us for a workshop to take part in the discussion and help inform the future on Saturday 15th December in Birmingham.Travel expenses paid.

If you’re aged between 18-25, register here: What kind of world do you want to live in? 18 - 25What do you want the world to be like? BYC is working with UNICEF to find out what young people want for the world over the next 10 to 20… If you’re aged between 14-18, register here: What kind of world do you want to live in? 14 - 18What do you want the world to be like? BYC is working with UNICEF to find out what young people want for the world over the next 10 to 20…

New toolkit launched for youth consultations for the post-2015 world

In the year 2000 the Millennium development Goals (MDGs) were ratified by 189 governments. Since their creation these goals have been guiding development priorities around the world. In 2015 the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will come to an end, and the question of what will replace these goals is now being asked by UN agencies, governments and civil society.

This toolkit has been designed to facilitate conversations with young people around the world onwhat should follow the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015.

Young People in Development ” Youth Post 2015″I am a product of the MDG generation. The MDGs have been a part of my ‘coming of age’. I therefore strongly believe that my generation n…

Recruiting young researchers! are recruiting young researchers to help research youth policy in Colombia, the Czech Republic, Guinea, Hungary, Mongolia, Swaziland and Tunisia. Could this be you? See all the details below and apply online. The deadline is 14th December 2012.

Youth Policy Reviews: Call for young researchersDeadline for applications is December 14, 2012. On this page: General context of the policy reviews Profiles, competences and tasks of le…

Your Voice in Europe

On the 1st November 2012, The British Youth Council hosted a one day event at the European Parliament in London for young people about Europe, the European Parliament and why young people should care.

Check out our tweet storify of the event belowand see the photos on our Facebook page.

Your voice in Europe In November, BYC hosted the ‘Your voice in Europe’ at the European Parliament in the UK. The day looked at how the EU works, the key issue.

BYC supports young people to lead on campaign for education in Pakistan

The Pakistan government has passed a new lawto ensure free education for all, and young people fromacross the country have come together to campaign tomake sure that policy becomes reality - in a project called Ilmpossible (Ilm means knowledge inUrdu).
We have been working withthis group over the last year to help explore how they canlead the national campaign and mobilise young people invery region to get involved. Read the latest update report here. The Ilmpossible boys - and some of the girlsUK Young Ambassadors

New international workshops and training opportunities

The International Team run training and consultancy in the UK with our members and young people and with partners around the world.

We’ve just added some new workshops to our list! We now offer Power, participation & advocacy, Global Youth Action, Intercultural dialogue & action andYouth voice in Europe.

Find out more at BYC Training and Workshops

Young People demand Europe listens to their voices on climate change!

Climate ExChange want you to join the campaign for Youth Voice in the EU launched #YouthVoiceEU take action to secure young peoples voices on climate change!

The campaign needs half of all MEPs to sign a declaration so they are calling on youth and environmental networks across Europe to support young people to lobby their MEPs to sign.
To find out how to get involved have a look here:

@youthonclimate Young People demand Europe listens to their voices on climate change! Join the campaign #YouthVoiceEU Young Ambassadors

Qatar in Brussels - European Youth Convergence for Climate Justice

Young activists from all over Europe will come together for ‘Qatar in Brussels’ during the second week of the UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar.

Registration is open for Qatar in Brussels! Learn about issues, follow the climate talks, share skills & take action! Europe

At ‘Qatar in Brussels’ over 100 young people will come together to form an open space, where individuals and organisations from the climate justice movement work and take action together. The event will take place between 1st-8th December 2012 inBrussels.Click here to find out more and how to register

A new voice for Students in the Commonwealth

At the end of August Liam Preston, BYC’s Chair at the time, and 2 other youth delegates attended the Commonwealth Education Ministers Meeting in Mauritius. They joined youth delegates from across the Commonwealth to discuss and develop a new Commonwealth Students Association.Read Liam’s report here

European Charlemagne Youth Prize

The 2013 European Charlemagne Youth Prize competition is now open!

Have you been involved in a European project undertaken by young people which aims to foster understanding and promote the development of a shared European identity?

If so, you can apply for the European Charlemagne Youth Prize where you can win up to €5000, a trip to the European Parliament and a 4 day trip to Aachen, Germany.The deadline is the 28th January 2013. Click here for more information.

Votes at 16 referendum in Scotland!

Follow all the latest information on the main BYC pages:

Votes at 16 in the Scottish Referendum - BYC’s reactionIt’s been announced today that 16 and 17 year olds will be allowed to vote in the Referendum on Scottish Indepedence, subject to approval… RT @OfficialSYP: Votes at 16 announcement would be ‘a seminal moment for Scottish democracy’ #Votesat16 #indyrefAngus Duncan As a member of theEuropean Youth Forumwe are part of the European movement,Vote At 16. You can take action andemail your MEPtoday!