About The Kofi Annan Changemakers
Why an Intergenerational Dialogue?
According to the UNDP and Inter-Parliamentary Union 2018 Global Parliamentary Report, young people under 30 represent only 2,2% of the world’s parliamentary members and lack access to the political spheres where decisions are taken. Honouring the legacy of Kofi Annan, the Changemakers project is working to make the voices of young people count by giving them the chance to dialogue with and seek counsel from experienced leaders on issues of deep concern, whilst affording the opportunity to leaders to better understand the preoccupation of young people. The Changemakers initiative will operate under the aegis of the Foundation’s Youth Leadership programme.
The Kofi Annan Changemakers will become the torchbearers of the principles and values which were dear to Kofi Annan which are as relevant today as ever before. As he often said, “you are never too young to lead and never too old to learn”.
How does it work?
Each year, ten young Changemakers from varied backgrounds will be given the opportunity to participate in a ten-day intergenerational Dialogue in the city of Geneva, an important and dynamic hub for international organisations, civil society and the private sector. The dialogue will facilitate the Changemakers’ exchange of ideas with experienced leaders on the challenges of our time.
Participants will engage in discussions, training sessions and workshops combining conceptual and practical exchanges of experience. Through this unique programme, the Kofi Annan Foundation aims to consolidate the extraordinary legacy of Kofi Annan for future generations to come.
The Kofi Annan Changemakers initiative is being organised in collaboration with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies based in Geneva.
How can I apply to participate in the Intergenerational Dialogue?
This initiative works on the basis of nominations. Candidates cannot apply directly to take part. The Kofi Annan Foundation will work with a number of organisations to nominate applicants, however, any reputable organisation or individual can nominate an applicant if the applicant fulfils the required criteria and the organisation or individual can provide certain information. The criteria will be revealed in the coming weeks. Nominators cannot be related to the applicant, and they may not nominate their own organisations.
How can I get more information?
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