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Youth, Governance, Peace-building and the Role of Social Media

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Youth, Governance, Peace-building and the Role of Social Media

Time: June 26, 2012 to June 27, 2012
Location: Victoria, BC and online
Event Type: global teleseminar
Organized By: IICRD, CFGS
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Global Teleseminar on Youth, Governance, Peace-building and the Role of Social Media, June 26-27, 2012, University of Victoria, Canada and On This Site

We invite your participation in a seminar entitled Youth, Governance, Peace-building and the Role of Social Media at the University of Victoria, Centre for Global Studies and online via a 48-hour Global Teleseminar.

The event, hosted by the Centre for Global Studies (CFGS) and the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD), seeks to share the global experience of young peoples’ use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT)/social media and other collaborative technologies to influence local, national, regional and international systems of governance and to affect peace-building and young citizen engagement.  

As a university, we are also interested in the role post-secondary institutions can play in supporting contemporary and future youth involved in these processes.  Please find attached a brief discussion paper on the seminar.

We are inviting youth-led organizations, UN agencies, government leaders, academics, research institutions and other experts to a 2 day seminar to share experiences, connect networks, and examine present and future youth-led governance trends from different regions of the world.  Key presenters during the 2 days will include:

  • Ravi Karkara, UN Habitat, Youth 21
  • Don Popo, Colombian Hip Hop Artist and Founder of La Familia Araya
  • Canadian Indigenous youth leaders
  • Karim Kisma, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Egyptian youth leader
  • Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
  • Mekong Youth Net
  • UN representatives
  • Jon Ramer, Compassion Action Network, Alison Ramer, Grassroots Jerusalem
  • Phil Lane Jr., Deloria ManyGrey Horses, Four Worlds International Institute

 

In addition to the group of delegates who will be physically present in Victoria, we will engage other interested persons via our teleseminar social conferencing platform www.youngpartnerindevelopment.org.

The seminar will launch the Young Partners in Development community of practice network.  We encourage you to get involved and contribute to the birth of Young Partners in Development (YPID).

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YPID is hosting a global planning call on Wednesday, June 7th 10 PM EDT, June 7th 7 PM PDT and Thursday June 8th, 9 AM in Thailand.  On this call we  will discuss the format for the seminar.  

Between now and the seminar: 

  • Philip and Michele Cook will be visiting UN leaders and youth leaders in Geneva and in SE Asia and participate on the planning call with youth from Thailand.
  • Ravi Karkara and Chief Phil Lane Jr.  will be participating in the Rio + 20 Earth Summit

We hope you will be able to join us for the seminar as well as the planning call. Please RSVP to the seminar here.  

Questions? please contact IICRD Administrative Director, Renee Lormé-Gulbrandsen iicrd@uvic.ca.

Sincerely,

Philip Cook, Ph.D.

Executive Director, International Institute for Child Rights and Development     

Dr. Gordon Smith

Executive Director, Centre for Global Studies 

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“Young people everywhere deserve the power to get information, to connect and to ask hard questions - about justice, equality and opportunity. Our job is to listen to youth and answer their calls.” Ban Ki-moon Secretary General, United Nations “From Youth Explosion to Global Transformation: Unleashing the Power of Young People”

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