The CIVICUS Youth Assembly is a leading international networking forum and meeting for young people and young civil society to engage with international peers, examining and taking action on some of the critical challenges facing civil society. The Youth Assembly also acts as preparatory space that enables young delegates to make an impact during International Civil Society Week (ICSW). The first Youth Assembly was held in Glasgow, Scotland in May 2007 and brought together over 150 young activists from 66 countries. Subsequent Youth Assemblies in Glasgow (2008), Montreal (2010, 2011 & 2012), Johannesburg (2014), Bogota (2016) and Suva, Fiji (2017) have brought together dynamic young activists and professionals from across the globe.
The Youth Assembly 2019 programme will have strong focus on exchanges around the different alternatives to better resource youth movements, increase meaningful youth participation in civil society and what types of initiatives youth are leading to hold leaders accountable in their promise to achieve the Agenda 2030.