MONTREAL, Aug. 17 /CNW Telbec/ -From the 18th to the 20th
of August, the 3rd CIVICUS Youth Assembly will bring
together over 100 young people aged 18-30 from across the world at
Concordia University in Montreal. These young committed leaders, whether
students or professionals, will have the opportunity to discuss the best
practices in social justice and to meet representatives of international
For three days, these young people will discuss subjects that will be
addressed during the 9th CIVICUS World Assembly, which will
take place at the Palais des congrès in Montreal, from the 20th
to the 23rd of August. The main theme of the World Assembly is:
Seeking out Solutions: Economic justice and the cross-cutting
themes are development effectiveness and climate justice.
Participants in the Youth Assembly will also be able to actively take
part in the World Assembly where they will be invited to join about 600
delegates from over 80 countries who will be attending in order to
discuss proposals that civil society can make regarding contemporary
socio-economic and environmental issues. The Institut du Nouveau Monde
(INM) is co-hosting both of these outstanding events, which will take
place again in Montreal in 2011 and 2012.
"The Youth Assembly's programme was organized by a committee of 15 young
people representing all five continents who were selected following an
international call for applications," said Samar Samir Mezghanni,
president of the CIVICUS Youth Assembly. "Participants will go through a
learning process that will enable them to come up with solutions for the
issues discussed and to make change happen. The Youth Assembly makes
young people aware of their power and the impact of their actions on the
world. It offers also a place to interact with the delegates of the
CIVICUS World Assembly as well as the opportunity to learn from them and
show them how they can change the world."
The President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University, Dr. Judith
Woodsworth, is proud to welcome the CIVICUS Youth Assembly to
Concordia's downtown campus. "Concordia is proud to host participants of
this event which reflects Concordia's commitment to community
engagement. Concordia and the CIVICUS Youth Assembly, like l'Institut du
Nouveau Monde, play a major role in preparing tomorrow's leaders,
helping them to further develop their social consciousness and passion."
INM's CEO, Michel Venne, says that "the approach of the CIVICUS
Youth Assembly is somewhat reminiscent of INM's summer school. Both
events use a methodology that is based on learning, debate, and action,
which takes place in a festive environment."
During the Youth Assembly, participants will interact with speakers of
international calibre. The event will open Wednesday, August 18, with a
debate on intergenerational dynamics. The following day, participants
will work on the three main issues of the World Assembly. Finally, on
Friday, August 20, they will participate in a BBC World Service radio
programme entitled World Have Your Say, which will be broadcast
live from Concordia University at 1 p.m. Afterwards, the young people
will march downtown to the Palais des congrès in Montreal where the
World Assembly will begin. The march will draw the attention of the
local population to the fact that the fight against poverty and economic
justice are important issues in terms of human rights.
To get more information on the programme of the Youth Assembly, go to
the CIVICUS website (www.civicusassembly.org).
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an
international alliance of members and partners in over 100 countries.
CIVICUS works to promote the emergence, growth, and protection of
citizen action, especially in areas where participatory democracy and
citizens' freedom of association are threatened.
The Institut du Nouveau Monde is a non-partisan organization
whose mission is to encourage citizen participation and to renew ideas
in Quebec. INM's action encourages citizen participation and contributes
to the development of civic competences, the strengthening of social
ties as well as the growth of democratic institutions.
SOURCE Institut du Nouveau Monde
For further information: For further information:
|Source: Institut du Nouveau Monde|
|Information: ||Roch Bilodeau (INM) |
1 866 618-7537
| ||Véronique Paquet (INM-CIVICUS - Youth Assembly) |
| ||Christine Mota (Concordia University) |