WYC Hawaii – 24th June – 1st July 2017 

Reconnecting Our Ancestral Roots to Build Sustainable Communities

Peace Child International, in partnership with Peace Child Hawaii and the Stevens World Peace Foundation are calling young people from around the world to come and participate in the World Youth Congress 2017 in Hawaii.

Every few years we gather the most active, most innovative, most capable young leaders from all over the globe for the World Youth Congress. Over 10,000 young people have already used this unique platform to let us know about the problems and challenges that matter most to them and help us devise the best possible solutions – solutions youth themselves can implement.

Goals

Inspire and empower collaboration amongst young leaders around the world

Build critical-thinking skills, share knowledge and strengthen networks of youth leaders engaged in local community, sharing experiences, ideas and best practices

Create and leverage greater opportunities for meaningful youth involvement in local communities and the wider world

Bring together youth voices to lobby global leaders, highlighting the needs of young people worldwide and enhancing public opinion on the value of youth leadership in achieving global sustainability

Inspire collaboration amongst young leaders in the world and empower them to strengthen the foundations of peace, respect for diversity and human rights for all

Bring together youth voices to lobby global leaders, highlighting the needs of young people worldwide

Hawaii’s strong sustainable roots and cultural values mean it is uniquely placed to lead the discussion and help create a movement of sustainable communities worldwide.  Delegates will also have the unique opportunity to be able to celebrate the Hokulea’s return from her 60,000 mile Worldwide Voyage and learn from her remarkable story in promoting a sustainable future for all.

What to Expect

The 8-day summit will bring together young leaders from around the globe to share ideas, experiences and develop skills so internationally they can lead the creation of sustainable communities.

Through workshops, round tables, action projects, debates and cultural events, WYC delegates will discuss and identify actions youth can take to assist in achieving these goals, developing practical strategies for youth-led development initiatives – and what governments need to do to enable them.

WYC 2017 Delegates will explore the enterprises that youth need to create to build the sustainable livelihoods and peaceful communities where young people can thrive and answer:

  • How do we repair, restore and regenerate our natural environment?

  • What should the green livelihoods that we need to ensure that our communities and planet thrive, look like?

  • How can young leaders better engage with, and influence, local, national and global decision-makers?

  • How can young leaders best help the United Nations and its member governments achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030?

Agreed by the 193 UN member states in September 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals aim to end poverty and achieve sustainable livelihoods by 2030. Designed to ‘leave no one behind,’ the goals’ 169 specific targets include providing decent work for all young women and men, combating climate change, education, health and human rights for all by 2030 + peace, justice and a more equal societies.

Be a Part of It

To find the right delegates, we assess thousands of applicants from more than 150 countries. Only those who have successfully delivered – or have a viable plan for – amazing initiatives in their communities are invited.

As one of the world’s most popular international youth meetings, young delegates get the chance to collaborate with key leaders from the UN, World Bank and other international institutions to influence the global development agenda.

Support Us

The potential global impact of this event is huge – with the right kind of support. To make sure that active young people continue to have a chance to make a difference, we’re working with our US office in Hawaii to find sponsors the next congress.

It’s a fantastic opportunity for a global organization or corporation to take centre stage at an event that features high-profile decision-makers alongside some of the most energized and engaged young people on the planet.