The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 53 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace.

In April 2018, the UK will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) when leaders from all the member countries are expected to gather in London and Windsor.

They will come together to reaffirm our common values, address the shared global challenges we face and agree how to work to create a better future for all our citizens, particularly young people.

The Commonwealth Youth Forum is held during Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) This year will be hosted by the UK government, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the British Youth Council as the national youth council of the UK.
It will bring together young people from across the Commonwealth to exchange ideas and share their experiences, build their networks and skills. The Commonwealth Youth Forum will discuss current global challenges and opportunities that face young people in the Commonwealth and provide policy recommendations to help solve these issues.
The Commonwealth Youth Forum will follow the same theme as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting - ‘Towards a Common Future’. This will encompass discussing different challenges that fall under the themes of prosperity, sustainability, security and fairness. At the Commonwealth Youth Forum, all of these issues will be tackled from a youth perspective, which is at the heart of the Commonwealth as 60% of the Commonwealth population is under 30 (The Commonwealth Secretariat, 2017). Approximately 450 representatives of national youth councils, youth bodies, youth organisations, youth leaders, youth workers, young professionals and experts from across the Commonwealth will be attendance.
The two official UK delegates are Namir Chowdhury and Thrinayani Ramakrishnan.  They will attend the Commonwealth Youth Council General Assembly and vote on behalf of the UK on policy priorities and the election of the Commonwealth Youth Council executives.
Delegates from selected youth organisations to represent key UK youth issues. During the event, they will observe the General Assembly, network with other delegates and young leader across the Commonwealth, participate in debates, panel discussions, workshops and capacity building sessions.
Organisations attending: Children in Wales, Girl Guiding, The Scout Association, UK Youth Parliament, National Union of Students (NUS), National Citizenship Service (NCS), Scottish Youth Parliament, Youth Focus North West, Yorkshire & Humber Regional Youth Work Unit, The Scout Association, The Ubele Initiative, Young Scots, Blaenau Gwent Youth Service, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Wales, Northern Ireland Youth Forum and British Youth Council (London, South-East, West-Midlands, East-Midlands, South-West, North-East and East).

Find out more about the forums

The forums offer an opportunity for Commonwealth dialogue and provide a platform for wider debate on some of the key issues and challenges, in advance of discussions by leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.


For more information, please contact:

Ellen Gamble, International Assistant at the British Youth Council on 020 7250 8374 or email