The future of the Commonwealth depends on its one billion young people.

The Commonwealth Youth Forum provides an opportunity for the young people of the Commonwealth to build cross-cultural connections and networks, debate the challenges facing its young people, and agree youth-led initiatives to influence decision makers and ensure young people have a voice in its future.

The 2018 Youth Forum’s theme of “Powering Our Common Future” reflects the CHOGM theme of “Towards a Common Future” and illustrates the powerful potential of young people across the Commonwealth in devising solutions to complex global challenges as well as their ability to bring forward meaningful recommendations to the Heads of Government meeting.

The Forum will include opportunities for plenary discussions and action planning breakout sessions, focussed around CHOGM's four themes: prosperity, security, sustainability and fairness.

The Commonwealth Youth Forum will also recognise the achievement of the twenty Commonwealth Youth Awards finalists and includes the announcement of the four Regional Young Persons of the Year and the overall 2018 Commonwealth Young Person of the Year.  

The Youth Forum incorporates the CYC General Assembly and elections for the nine executive positions on the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC). CYC is the recognised voice of over 1.2 billion young people from all across the Commonwealth, advocating on their behalf on issues such as climate change, employment, access to education and gender equality.