Young thinkers start planning process for CHOGM Youth Forum

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 11-4-2011

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

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The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus hosted the first Commonwealth Youth Forum Planning Group meeting in preparation for the Youth Forum to be held during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in October.

The Forum will act as a precursor to CHOGM and is set to bring more than 130 delegates from around the world to the City of Fremantle from October 23 to 27.

Along with youth delegates from countries such as Uganda and Trinidad and Tobago, State Youth Minister Robyn McSweeney toured the Campus with Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas.

In addition to discussing pertinent issues affecting youth at home and abroad, the planning group is responsible for setting the agenda of the Youth Forum.

The issues raised at the Forum will then be delivered to Queen Elizabeth II as part of the three day CHOGM event.

Ms Madeline Anderson, an Aboriginal Support Officer with the WA Department of Housing, says she dedicates much of her time to community work to strengthen local families within the Indigenous community.

The 24-year-old sees the lack of engagement from authorities with young people as a prominent global issue, especially in the health, community and education fields.

“The group members have been collaborating their ideas and we’ve had a lot of similarities,” Ms Anderson said.

“We are looking forward to presenting some of these problems and our solutions to the Queen at the Youth Forum.”

Prof Thomas said it was a pleasure to welcome the planning group for the CHOGM Youth Forum onto Campus for their meeting.

“Giving delegates from around the world an opportunity to see Notre Dame and hear its story assists to raise awareness and appreciation for our wonderful institution,” Prof Thomas said.

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