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Youth Congresses in Melaka and Quebec

Youth congresses are a great way to meet diverse young people from around the world and act on ways to make the world a better place. Opportunities don’t come very often, but I’m pleased to let you know of two Youth Congresses calling for applications right now:

1. The World Youth Foundation is a Malaysia-based international youth organization dedicated to research, development, and documentation of youth programs worldwide. They work closely with the Ministry of Youth & Sports, the Malaysian Youth Council, and various UN agencies in supporting this mission.

This year they are organizing the “We Are One” Dialogue on Cultural Diversity for Youth of Asia and Europe, to take place in Melaka, Malaysia from 30th June to 4th July 2007. This dialogue involves participants from ASEM countries (EU and ASEAN countries, as well as China, South Korea, Japan, Bulgaria, Romania, India, Pakistan, and Mongolia) working together to promote cultural diversity and international projects across Asia and Europe.

If you are 18-30 years old, a national of an ASEM country, and active in youth and cultural issues, then send in an application!. Get the relevant form and include a brief biography of yourself and your activities. Applications close 31st May 2007.

2. The World Youth Congress is one of the biggest youth meetings and gatherings in the world. Young activists active in sustainable development come together every couple of years to work on community projects and collaborate on official documentation to show how youth-led development can help to making poverty history, as well as achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals.

The 4th World Youth Congress will be held in Quebec, Canada from 10th to 21st August 2008. Applications are now open for youths interested in being a part of this conference. They are accepting applications for youths in the following categories:

  • Young Development Activist – either already on a project or seeking funding for a potential project
  • Young Artist/Performer
  • Young Educator – young teachers or student teachers
  • Young Journalists – including experienced journalists, freelancers, caricaturists, and bloggers
  • Young Observers – those who haven’t had any experience but would like to learn (spaces limited)

Applications close 31st October 2007.

These opportunities do not come by very often so take the chance while it’s available!

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Essay Competitions and Youth Summits: Get International

Want to talk about media for a Japanese competition or meet young leaders in Australia? Plenty of opportunities for young people to Get International this time around!

1. The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO have come together for the 2007 International Essay Contest for Young People. This year’s theme is The Role of Media and Information and Communication Technologies in Building a Peaceful World.

There are two categories: up to 14 years, and 15-25 years. Winners in each category will stand to receive up to ¥100,000 (US$840), or gifts and certificates, with the first place winner being flown to Japan to receive the prizes. For more information, rules, and entry details, visit the contest website. Entries close June 30, 2007.

2. This year’s Asia Pacific Cities Summit, to be held in Brisbane, Australia, will hold a Youth Forum for the first time. Visible Ink and the Brisbane City Council are accepting applications for youth delegates.

Delegates from the Asia Pacific region (East Asia, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and US and Canada) will come together in Brisbane from 31st August to 3rd September 2007 to talk about issues related to sustainability, livability, economic development, leadership, and governance. There will also be plenty of other opportunities, such as guest speakers, networking, and social activities around Brisbane. The application fee will be subsidized by the Brisbane City Council; however, travel and living costs will need to be paid for or sponsored.

If you’re passionate about creating sustainable communities and want to meet other likeminded young people, fill out an application and send it in by May 28, 2007.

Have information on more opportunities like these? Email me!

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