The Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) is the official representative voice of the 1.2 billion young people in the Commonwealth.
It was first established in 2013 with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Youth Division, and was endorsed by Commonwealth Heads of Government at their biennial summit in Sri Lanka as an ‘autonomous, youth-led’ organisation.
Led by a nine-member executive, the network acts as a coalition of national youth councils and other national youth-led bodies from the 53 Commonwealth countries. The current chairperson is Mr Kishva Ambigapathy from Malaysia.
The network aims to further advance the youth development agenda by integrating young people into the development and democracy work of the Commonwealth at national, regional, and Pan-Commonwealth levels. It also provides a sustainable platform for unified engagement with decision makers and youth-led development initiatives.
The Commonwealth Youth Council is committed to engaging, involving and advocating for young people. It facilitates and supports the work of youth-led initiatives, and partners with relevant stakeholders in representing and empowering young people in the Commonwealth.