The French capital, Paris, is set to host the first ever World Youth Conference organised by international youth movements, from 3-5 November.
Organised by the Youth Writing History network and Ronahî – Youth Centre for Public Relations, the event aims to bring together over 60 organisations and around 300 young activists from around the world to discuss pressing issues and foster solidarity in their quest for an alternative life beyond capitalism, environmental degradation and gender oppression.
The event will serve as a platform for open dialogue and collaboration on issues such as climate change, war and other global crises affecting today’s youth.
The Youth Conference is organised under the slogan “We will make history – youth in pursuit of freedom is unstoppable”. It is based on three key principles: youth autonomy, women’s liberation and the quest for a democratic society.
The Youth Writing History network represents a diverse range of youth organisations, including environmentalists, civil disobedience advocates, human rights activists, feminists, anti-capitalist and socialist groups, as well as popular movements seeking to reclaim their land, culture and self-determination. The conference reflects their commitment to youth autonomy, women’s freedom and the quest for systemic change.
Throughout the three-day programme, the conference will feature a wide range of activities, including panel discussions, workshops, seminars and cultural programmes. Topics include understanding the current state of the world, the role of young women in shaping history, and forging unity among global youth.
The conference aims to empower young people to take control of their destiny and drive change in a world facing crises on multiple fronts. It is a continuation of the Middle East Youth Conference, which took place in the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakır (Amed) in Turkey and Kobani (Kobanê) in North and East Syria in 2015 and 2019, and is now expanding to a global scale.
Some of the participating organisations include Arran (the youth organisation of the Catalan Pro-Independence Left), Poder Popular (Argentina), MSD Youth (Syria), Women Students’ Union of Students from Kurdistan, Anakbayan (Philippines), the Communist Party of Sudan, Retomada Aty Jovem (Guarani and Kaiowa people; Brazil), Youth For Climate France, Ernai (Basque country), Trinacria (Sicily), Middle East Youth Initiative, Lista Demokraticnega Studentstva (Slovenia), Sosialistisk Ungdom (Norway), PEPS, and For a Popular and Social Ecology (France).