CIVICUS Youth Assembly

What is CIVICUS Youth Assembly?

Throughout its existence since 1993, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation has had a long-standing commitment to promoting the role of young people in civil society organisations – not only in supporting youth organisations, but also in promoting young people’s roles in wider global policy and development discussions.

With this commitment in mind, CIVICUS has since organised seven Youth Assemblies over the past 10 years as an opportunity to strengthen involvement of CIVICUS’ youth constituency in civil society discussions and initiatives. The Youth Assembly is now an established global space for  active, dynamic and engaged citizens from civil society organisations, social movements, social enterprises, government and intergovernmental institutions to connect, share and learn from each other.

Every 18 months, the CIVICUS Youth Assembly is held one day before International Civil Society Week and the CIVICUS World Assembly.

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Youth Assembly 2017

In 2017, young people have been active participants in intergovernmental initiatives where the Pacific has been featured prominently, including the UN Oceans Conference, the Conference of Parties (COP23) and the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. At the same time, young people have been contributing to tackling climate change and social injustice around the world in partnership with civil society actors in very diverse ways.

The objective of this year Youth Assembly is to connect this diverse group of innovative young actors from around the globe, in particular, youth coming from the Pacific and small islands committed to SDG13 and SDG14. This gathering will be an opportunity to learn and celebrate each other’s experiences and share new opportunities to strengthen active youth participation, voice and actions to create a joint global movement for climate and social justice.


Connect a diversity of youth practitioners and leaders who are challenging threats that youth organisations and movement face, and develop recommendations together for moving forward to create positive impact in society. Meet the Youth Assembly partners and delegates in advance joining this online group.


Learn through a peer-mentoring experience before, during and after the Youth Assembly from other delegates backgrounds. Sign up form will be sent to registered delegates.


Share knowledge and skills that some youth led organisations use to promote, strength and advance youth civic engagement and civic space

  • Youth Assembly event partners will share their facilitation and advocacy skills during the discussions at the Youth Assembly and ICSW



3 Dec:
18h00 -22h00

Welcoming evening for youth delegates (under 30 years old)  

4 Dec:
8h30 - 16h30

Youth Assembly

Simultaneous discussions under the theme “Our Planet. Our Struggles. Our Future” facilitated by youth led organisations or movements.

1st Session: Current contributions from young people to challenge systemic threats to climate, human rights and our future

2nd Session: What support civil society can provide to young people to strength citizen action for climate and social justice in the future?


Youth Assembly Event Partners

Call for event partners for the Youth Assembly are still open. If you want to lead a session at the Youth Assembly fill out this form or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Propose a debate or workshop in line with the Youth Assembly theme “Our Planet. Our Struggles. Our Future.
  • Have the capacity to cover the travel and registration costs of the person facilitating the discussion
  • Commit to respect CIVICUS code of conduct and event principles of inclusion, diversity, participation, sustainability and transparency.

How to Engage

  • Register as delegate here
  • Stay updated on the news of the event and share the invitation with your networks #ICSWyouth
  • Sponsor a youth delegation. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on this


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