Asambleas Ciudadanos


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Report of the Global Citizens Youth Assembly 2011

Translations : English

Executive Summary of the Global Citizens Youth Assembly 2011 (GCYA)

Themes of the Event:

  • Role of Media for Social Change
  • Green Economy in the Context of Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development
  • Youth and MDGs

Organizers & Partners: Global Citizens for Sustainable Development, VEDIKE, Oxfam India, Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation (FPH), Forum for a new World Governance, University at Albany, Student Volunteers Abroad, Glasgow and LOYAC, Kuwait.

Date: August 18 – 20, 2011

Venue: Visthar, Bangalore, India

Number of Participants: GCYA is a process more than a conference where more than 1000 youth participants take part virtually through social networking sites and then for quality purpose few are selected to meet person to person in Bangalore. During the assembly we had an attendance of 150 youth college students joined by their faculty members, few young professionals, freelancers, environmentalists, social workers, etc.

Participating Countries: Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, China, USA, UK, France, Chile and India

Concept of the Assembly: The youth represents half the population of the world and therefore have an important role to play in bringing about social change. Therefore, the Global Citizens Youth Assembly aimed at creating a platform for the youth to come forward and talk about their country, to develop a cross-cultural understanding of the themes of the assembly as well as to share their own personal work.


To dialogue and discuss about the three themes of the Assembly

  • To create a platform for local and global youth to represent themselves and express their ideas for social change
  • To create a sense of brotherhood among the participating nations
  • To make room for a cultural exchange among the youth of the participating nations


In the three days of Global Citizens Youth Assembly the participating delegates engaged in various activities such as panel and group discussions, a workshop on the ‘Charter of the Peoples of the Earth, that is a movement to be presented and declared at the Rio+20 Earth Summit, the Bangalore MDG Champions Competition, an open session for youth to represent their own personal work, the Global Citizens Art & Cultural Festival and finally concluded with field excursion through interaction and games with the children of migrant workers at Living Hope Children’s Home, Bangalore.

Participants were very happy with the Urban-Rural and South-North link concept through the WE BUILD program and how it concludes with the Assembly and again a follow up through MDG champions program. They were inspired to do action oriented projects as such and not just have assemblies or conferences just to meet and interact.

Follow Up:

  • GCSD will help and facilitate the MDG Champions to meet their goals of the projects. These projects will encourage other youth participants to work on similar projects.
  • The People’s Charter will have further discussions and engagement of youth participants to voice their opinions and to be heard by the UN Member States at the Rio+20 Earth Summit.
  • The Facebook page will be used as a tool to keep the momentum going and shall be a useful tool to plan the GCYA 2010 much better.





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