APPLY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 3rd EDITION OF THE MIGRATION YOUTH FORUM (FUNDING AVAILABLE)
The deadline for applications is the 30th of September 2020.
**If the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic allows it will be in person in January 2021 in the UAE. If not, the Youth Forum will be carried out virtually.
The annual Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) summit is a state-led, informal, and non-binding process which helps shape the global debate on migration and development. Since 2007, the GFMD has gradually evolved from a government-only process into a multi-stakeholder mechanism bringing together national governments, civil society, the private sector, cities, local/regional governments. Recently, the GFMD has opened its doors to youth representatives - first through the GFMD Civil Society Mechanism a few years back, and then in 2019 in a structured way across all mechanisms and spaces.
This year, youth will sit at the same table as governments, mayors, business leaders, and civil society stakeholders to discuss common migration policy priorities and actions at the GFMD. That is why UN MGCY is organizing in partnership with UNICEF AND IOM:
THE MIGRATION YOUTH FORUM
Who will be at the Youth Forum? 70 young people, including young migrants and refugees, representatives of civil society organizations led by or working for youth, researchers, entrepreneurs, professionals, volunteers, activists, leaders...
All under the age of 31 and strongly committed to working with and for migrants in their communities. We aim for a balanced representation and an inclusive and diverse Forum when it comes to gender, age, socio-economic background, culture, religion, ethnicity and geography. The Youth Forum will be a peer-to-peer space to learn about the importance of the GFMD and how to contribute to it effectively, as well as provide a solid network of support during the days of the Summit. The Migration Youth Forum will be held right before the XIII Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit.
THE YOUTH LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION AWARD FOR MIGRATION
In conjunction with the Migration Youth Forum, this year we are launching a new space for young people to present their existing solutions to issues around migration and development:
The Youth Leadership and Innovation Award for Migration.
The Award will showcase existing initiatives aiming to empower and improve the living conditions of young people on the move, led by youth at the XIII GFMD and receive support in their ongoing journey, with a two months mentorship program, seed funding for their initiative (TBC) and the chance to participate in the Youth Forum and be part of the GFMD process. Young entrepreneurs, leaders and youth-led start-ups and organizations are invited to apply.
Are you eligible for the Migration Youth Forum?
Are you under 31?
Are you passionate about issues around migration and development?
Do you have a track record of relevant leadership, research, and/or community impact in this field?
Are you eligible for the Youth Leadership and Innovation Award for Migration? (in addition to the before-mentioned eligibility criteria)
Are you leading/part of a youth-led organization or social innovation initiative, making a change for young migrants in your community?
Does this initiative have the potential for scaling/replication?