- Background: Call for IFMSA Delegation to the Global Youth Summit 2021
- Important information:
- Where: virtual
- When: 23rd to the 25th of April, 2021
- Application process:
- Fill out the Application Form.
- Upload the signed and stamped Candidature Form within the Application Form.
- Deadline: 7th of April 2021, 23:59 GMT
- Relevant Links:
- Application Form: link
- Candidature Form: link
- Example Filled Candidature Form: link
- How to Write an Application Manual (Link)
Dear IFMSA members,
We are very excited to share that we are opening the call for the IFMSA delegation to the Global Youth Summit 2021! It will take place between the 23rd and the 25th of April. This email will inform you about all the procedures to apply to be a member of the delegation, so please read carefully till the end!
What is the Global Youth Summit 2021?
The Global Youth Summit is organized by the Global Youth Mobilization for Generation Disrupted, an initiative of the Big Six Youth Organizations and the World Health Organization, powered by the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and United Nations Foundation. A ground-breaking youth-led movement for change, the Global Youth Mobilization empowers young people to take an active role in the immediate and long-term recovery from the impact of COVID-19 and ensure that they have the resources, recognition and support necessary to make a meaningful difference.
The Big Six Youth Organizations is comprised of: World Alliance of Young Men’s Christian Associations (YMCA), World Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (The Award).
Global Youth Mobilisation also aims to change the narrative from seeing young people as an obstacle in fighting COVID-19, to finding allies in them, their talents, creativity, and connectedness by acknowledging their reality. The mobilization offers a unique opportunity to engage young people directly in implementing, scaling, and replicating solutions to health and societal COVID-19 challenges through a fund for local, grassroots activation. You can read more about the mobilization here.
The Global Youth Summit, to be held virtually 23 – 25 April 2021, will inspire, enable and engage young people, supporting them to become active in their communities and advocate for their needs in building back better after COVID-19. The event will focus on four key themes:
- Learning: reinventing disrupted education ─ exploring the ways in which the pandemic has affected young people’s education, both formal and non-formal, and how we can get back on track through innovative ways of ensuring learning continues amidst (and after) the pandemic.
- Inclusion: creating new communities ─ addressing the large inequalities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic and identifying policy solutions to build back better together.
- Well-being: becoming healthier and safer ─ exploring the ways in which young people’s physical and mental health has been affected by the pandemic, as well as ways in which their safety has been compromised through increased gender-based and domestic violence. The event will provide an insight into the wide variety of solutions that have been implemented and need scaling as support mechanisms for young people worldwide.
- Work in the new normal ─ understanding the pandemic’s impact on young people’s entry and presence in the labour market, changes in labor market needs, as well as ways in which different communities are working towards enabling young people to overcome the pandemic’s challenges and smoothen their (re)entry into the labor market in a sustainable way.
You can read more about the Global Youth Summit here.
The event is expected to attract and engage more than half a million participants through live broadcasting and moderated discussions on social media, and deliver between 75 ─ 100 inspiring, educative, and engaging sessions that will offer young mobilizers new insights, skills, and contacts, as well as a platform to engage with their peers, leaders, and policymakers. The Summit will help to sustain a healthier, more resilient post-pandemic world where young people will continue to drive change
in their communities and be recognized for their incredible contributions. The Summit is just a start: a series of national and regional events will follow, where the concept will be contextualized to the national and regional needs of young people.
The following criteria will be taken into account while evaluating your application:
- Experience in the topic of the meeting – please note that as this is a broad meeting that covers many global health and wider topics;
- Motivation for participation;
- Understanding of IFMSA policy work and IFMSA’s external affairs efforts;
- Potential empowerment expected outcomes, and follow up plans after the meeting;
- Regional representation and gender balance will be taken into account.
However, we also encourage emerging members who are committed to learning, gaining new skills, and participate in IFMSA’s activities even beyond the conference.
There are three spots to be filled up by this call. There are 10 spots total in the IFMSA delegation, 7 spots are taken up by the IFMSA Liaison Officer to the WHO (co-head of delegation) the IFMSA Liaison Officer to Student Organizations (co-head of delegation), the other Liaison Officers and the IFMSA Vice-President for External Affairs.
How to apply?
- Fill in the Application Form – this is an online form that also contains the Candidature Form which needs to be signed and stamped by your respective NMO President in order for the application to be valid.
- Please fill out and upload the Candidature Form correctly, make sure to check with this filled-out example.
- The Application Form with Candidature Form needs to be completed/sent before the 7th of April 2021, 23:59 GMT.
- In the case of one document missing, the application will be considered invalid.
Accepted applicants will receive online preparation as soon as the results are released. IFMSA commits to train, brief, and prepare all delegates to the meeting; and to smoothly coordinate the delegation during the meeting.