Nominations are now open for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work, which recognise outstanding young people who have made a significant impact in improving the lives and livelihoods of others. The awards ocus this year on celebrating young people’s contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Past awardees have included young social entrepreneurs, human rights defenders, and climate change activists.
Young people aged 15 to 29 from Commonwealth member countries are eligible to apply for the awards, which focus this year on celebrating young people’s contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Speaking on International Youth Day on 12 August 2016, Deodat Maharaj, Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General, said: “Young people have a critical role to play in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals. In the Commonwealth and across the world, we have seen incredible examples of young people who are leading change and driving development. Their participation is essential to ensuring a prosperous future for all.”
He added: “It is important that we celebrate the already considerable impact that young people have had in all fields of work and as trailblazers in their communities. These awards demonstrate to leaders and other policy-makers the importance of young people’s role in delivering positive change.”
- Aged 15 - 29
- from a Commonwealth member counjtry
- Nominees must have been engaged in development work for more than 12 months either in a professional or voluntary capacity
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to link their development work and its impact to the 17 SDGs, which were agreed to by the international community just under a year ago.
A total of 16 finalists will be shortlisted from four Commonwealth regional categories: Africa and Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, and Pacific. A winner will be selected from each region, and one exceptional entrant will be recognised as the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year at a formal awards presentation in London in early 2017.
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