Uganda from 31 July to 4 August 2017 hosted the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (9CYMM) which brought together government ministers, senior officials, young leaders, and youth workers from across the globe.
The high-level summit, held every four years, came as the world’s youth population reaches a record 1.8 billion people aged 15 to 29. Today the youth sector stands at a crossroads, with pressure on governments to do more for their young citizens with fewer resources, and growing aspirations by young people to contribute to their societies.
The theme of the meeting was ‘Resourcing and Financing Youth Development: Empowering Young People’. It enabled government ministers and senior officials to share good practices, forge new partnerships and agree shared priorities for resourcing youth development.
The meeting was made up of a combination of several meetings including the Youth Leaders’ Forum, Senior Officials Meeting, Stakeholders’ Forum and the Ministers’ Meeting and UPFYA was the lead convener of the Stakeholders Forum, between 31 July and 1 August provided a space for youth sector stakeholders to influence policy-making across the Commonwealth.
This was a very unique opportunity for the youth of the commonwealth countries, Uganda in particular since world youth experts as well as youth leaders were in the country to discuss and develop mechanisms through which governments can resource and finance youth development.