Commonwealth Youth Forum 2011

Date: Thu, 03/11/2011

The Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) 2011 was held 23-28 October 2011 in Fremantle.  The CYF was a gathering of young people from across the 54 Commonwealth Nations, coming together to inform CHOGM 2011 of the major concerns and issues of young people.

The CYF was an amazing experience for myself, TYF Project Officer Naomi Marsh, and I encourage everyone to have a look at some of the photos I took, my attached report of my experience, as well as the attached CYF Communique.

The Communique details the main concerns of the delegates present at CYF, including our key recommendation:

  • That the Commonwealth Heads of Government support the establishment of an independent youth led governing body to oversee the administration of a youth development fund.


Our core recommendation initiative reflects a desire for young people to be active participants in the call to action which can be achieved through initiating the above-mentioned governing body, as well as addressing and implementing the supporting recommendations below. This partnership is an acknowledgment of the shared responsibility between the CHOG, its Member States and the Commonwealth youth.

We ask Commonwealth governments to support the drafting of Guidelines for Governance for national youth structures, designed by young people across all Commonwealth nations within one year of the CYF 2011 Communiqué.

The core recommendation was supported by a suite of sub recommendations listed under the five key themes of CYF2011:

  • Youth impact and participation in decision making
  • Peace building and conflict management
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Health
  • Youth enterprise, ICT, Sustainable Livelihoods and the Economy.


The communiqué was presented to Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General, Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba and the Local Member assisting the Australian Minister of Youth, Melissa Parke.

Also check out the official CYF 2011 website, as well as the CYF Facebook page for more information, videos and photos!!  Also check out the official youtube video!

The other Tasmanian delegate Mike Cain and I have produced a Media Release following the event which discusses the CYF 2011 Communique.  If you are interested with meeting with myself or Mike about the CYF, please contact us :

Naomi Marsh 0408 375 076

Mike Cain 0400 734 798