A global world needs a Global Youth Empowerment Platform and young people are developing it.
I will have the honor of speaking at the Global Youth leadership Summit on the role of technology in promoting dialogue and mutual understanding.
From 17th to 23 rd October 2011 , two thousand (2000) youths from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin
America, North America and Europe will come together to discuss the concept of Global Youth
Empowerment. These young people from different parts of the world use the concept of “global
empowerment” or related practices in their daily work as youths across all disciplines.
The Conference is being organized jointly by the World Youth Parliament , strategic partners and
other stakeholders around the world aimed at: to jointly explore, reflect and deepen the different
dimensions of youth empowerment across the globe. The Conference shall also better define the
needs of youth organizations, youth workers and youth leaders of all regions of the world, and to
contribute to sustainable strategies, with a youth mainstreaming approach, towards more effective
and efficient global youth empowerment processes.
At the end of this Conference, we seek to present a common understanding of Global Youth
Empowerment and provide possible ways forward.
A common understanding of Global Youth Empowerment encourages awareness of the interdependency between peoples’ local realities and the global perspectives. It stimulates people to critically approach these increasing dependencies and the changes it is going through. Global Youth Empowerment includes all stakeholders in its entire process. It is as well a methodology as it is a set of global issues. Global Youth Empowerment has an emancipatory perspective of change by all relevant parties involved. So we understand ‘global’ as being the World and its issues, as well as a holistic approach to youth empowerment and as an empowerment for all.
We ask ourselves if a stable definition of Global Youth Empowerment is needed at all. A less rigid
definition urges all parties involved to keep an open spirit in order to continuously question this
definition critically through participation of all especially the least empowered youth in our societies.
We understand that there are several definitions of the emerging concept of Global Youth Empowerment.Some of them we find very inspiring: the definition formulated by the UN Youth Charter, Pacific Youth Charter, African Youth Charter and the Earth Charter amongst others. Various political processes and commitments exist that share the vision of a more just and sustainably developed world with the vision underlying Global Youth Empowerment.
These processes will benefit from being linked with Global Youth Empowerment. In particular the Earth Charter, the UN Culture of Peace and the Millennium Development Goals are valuable processes that can be supported by Global Youth Empowerment and vice versa.
We recognize the strong points of these definitions, but also realize that these are just different versions of Global Youth Empowerment, originating from institutions or networks with different backgrounds, and thus putting emphasis on certain aspects of Global Youth Empowerment.
As already mentioned Global Youth Empowerment is a transformative involvement of youth. Throughout its process, Global Youth Empowerment continues to reflect the changes on processes as well as provoking the actors involved to critical thinking. It has to adapt throughout time, as well as space towards the local context. Global Youth Empowerment will change its stakeholders and its
stakeholders will change Global Youth Empowerment.
Global Youth Empowerment is a progressive concept originating from a World Youth Parliament context and inspired by other visions from all over the world. This provides essential contribution to the concept of Global Youth Empowerment and its understanding, as Global Youth Empowerment is
contributing to these visions. These visions are all originating from certain regional contexts. Its force is the dialogue between these different visions since these visions are all voicing a similar movement, addressing similar concerns and using similar methods. The process of dialogue links different educational concepts from different regions and realities and allows new empowerment theories to spread into creative thinking and practices all over the world.
Various other empowerment approaches exist such as the Peaceful Empowerment, the Intercultural
Empowerment, the Human Rights Empowerment, the Citizenship Empowerment, the Development
Empowerment, the Environmental Empowerment, the Refugee Empowerment, and the Education
Empowerment, etc. These can all be connected without being replaced by Global Youth
Empowerment and form specific approaches to tackle specific local or regional issues.
Global Youth Empowerment can only be effective when properly placed in the local context. Global
trends impact local realities and vice-versa. So, we recognize that it can be used in different
environments, and should be properly adapted to the local reality. It should be implemented in local,
regional as well as global environments.
Global Youth Empowerment from a youth perspective is explored, but recognizes that Global Youth
Empowerment is an intergenerational process.
Expectations and Outcomes
The participants of the Conference will explore ways of how their understanding of Global Youth
Empowerment could be interpreted and implemented by the various actors. They are expected to develop recommendations around the following list of topics:
Youth Academic empowerment
Youth capacity enhancement
Others relevant topical issues.
How to mainstream youth participation across political, economic, corporate and socio-economic
structures at all levels (national policy development and decision making and development
How to recognize youth participation and youth work as an empowerment activity for the benefit
of society and vice versa.
How actors can be open for cooperation with Youth and should provide space for Youth and their
Challenges facing the youth
Identify challenges facing the youth across Political, economic, corporate and socio economic
pillars at all levels.
How various stakeholders and actors should be recognized for their contributions in Global Youth
How to encourage young people to utilize existing empowerment opportunities
Data and information on existing Global Youth Empowerment
How Youth organizations should spearhead the development of partnerships with all relevant
actors for implementing Global Youth Empowerment (Governments and Non state actors).
Develop action plans of Global Youth Empowerment as a process of taking action for
How to anchor Global Youth Empowerment process organizations to mainstream local
environments and realities.
How Youth organizations can create and work with a network of experienced facilitators on
Global Youth Empowerment.
Governments and institutions
Wider Policy Framework:
Global Youth Empowerment is one way of reaching the aim of a more just world. It therefore directly
links with Governments and non state institutions policy frameworks.
How Governments and NGOs should be open to the interaction and participation of youth in
creation of global Youth Empowerment policies development and implementation.
How Governments should enhance increased access to funding for Global Youth Empowerment
Create a comprehensive policy on youth issues with cooperation and contributions from
Strengthen cooperation with youth organizations and support youth projects
Support autonomous national youth platforms
Encourage and support exchange of young volunteers from different countries especially
between the different continents of the world
Companies and Corporations as Non state actors in societies ought to play an important role in supporting
Global Youth Empowerment:
World Youth Parliament, the conveners of the Global Youth Empowerment 2011, believes in a common
future of all people of the world. Global Youth Empowerment in its processes, both Life-Long and Life-
Wide, address the challenges brought by globalization towards this same common future.
Aim of Conference
The aim of the Conference on Global Youth Empowerment is to jointly explore, reflect and deepen
the different dimensions of interpretation of Global Youth Empowerment. The conference also seeks to
better define the needs of youth, youth workers, youth leaders and youth organizations from all the regions
of the member states of the world. It ultimately seeks to contribute to sustainable strategies, within a youth
mainstreaming approach, towards more effective and efficient Global Youth Empowerment processes.
The Conference will take place within the World Youth Parliament 2011 Calendar. It hopes to allow
interaction and exchange among participants, experts and facilitators and other related activities.
Specific Objectives of Conference
The specific objectives of the Conference will be to:
1. Further explore, reflect and deepen the various dimensions of interpretation of Global Youth
2. Inform and share an update of past achievements of World Youth Parliament: Policies, tools,
initiatives and good practices;
3. Gather other ideas, proposals and inputs into refining of the concepts for the WYP’s World Youth
Identify the emerging needs, opportunities, and challenges of youth organizations in relation to Global
Provide a platform for continued reflection and strengthening of cooperation among Global Youth
Empowerment stakeholders both thematically and geographically;
Review Global Youth Empowerment practice in terms of synergies and complementarities towards