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WYAE Emerging Leaders Conference 2017: Migration & Development

November 26 - November 29


About the Emerging Leaders Conference

Following the immensely successful 5th Emerging Leaders Conference held in Brussels last year, WYA Europe is delighted to announce its 6th edition. This year’s conference theme is MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT: Human Dignity in the refugee crisis and it will take place in Brussels from the 26th to the 29th of November, 2017. While putting the focus on innovative solutions and ideas that respond to the refugee crisis- or displacements within Europe, the conference aims to provide Europe youth with accurate information on the status of the migrant movement, identify and examine emerging challenges and promote person-centered policies as well as solidarity among young people.

The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual event hosted by World Youth Alliance Europe, which seeks to bring together young leaders, active members and youth advocates from across Europe to interact with policy makers, experts and leaders on current global issues. It also provides young individuals with special training on programs in those areas to give them the adequate tools to make a difference in their own communities. Known for its intimate forum for dialogue, as well as intellectual formation via lectures and discussions, the ELC fosters a meaningful network of friendships based on a shared vision of the human person.

“The World Youth Alliance affirms that suffering and injustice expose the universal human condition of vulnerability and reveal a common identity among all persons. This in turn lays the foundation for lasting solidarity. We, as young people, commit ourselves to all those who live in need, experience the vulnerability and hardships of war, violence, social unrest, and force. Conditions should be fostered that meet the needs of those who have left their homes due to force and violence with person-centered approaches and solutions that recognize and protect the dignity of all migrants. These approaches and solutions should be grounded in longitudinal, peer-reviewed research.”

WYA Declaration on Migration and Development


Sunday, November 26, 2017 | WYA Europe HQ | Brussels

13h00 – 14h00 Arrivals of the participants
15h00 – 17h00 Workshop at le Petit Chateau
20h00 – 22h00 Welcoming European Cocktail


Monday, November 27, 2017 | WYA Europe HQ | European Parliament | Brussels

10h00 – 12h30 Presentation of good practices by participants

15h00 – 17h00 Panel on ‘Migration and Development’

Branislav Skripek – Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Felix Fernandez Shaw – Expert on Africa on Federica Mogherini Cabinets

Carmen González Enriquez – Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute

Hrvoje Vargic– Director, World Youth Alliance Europe

Moderator: Antoine Mellado – Director of Advocacy, World Youth Alliance Europe

17h30 – 19h00 Negotiations of the WYA Declaration on Migration and Development
19h00 Optional Visit to the Brussels city center (discovering Belgium specialties)


Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | WYA Europe HQ | European Parliament

10h00 – 12h00 Discussion on the Declaration based on the document previously negotiated
14h00 – 16h00 Panel on ‘Human Dignity in the refugee crisis’

Marijana Petir – Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Women Rights

Arne Gericke – Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

Surindar Dhesi – Lecturer in Occupational Health, Safety and Environment, University of Birmingham

Roberta Medda-Windischer – Bozen Institute for Minority Rights, Eurac Research

Aline Celis – Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers

Moderator: Hrvoje Vargic – Director of World Youth Alliance Europe

16h00 – 17h00 Certification ceremony and Proclamation of the Declaration on Migration and Development
18h00 – 20h00 Closing cocktail


Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | WYA Europe HQ

10h00 – 11h00 WYA Chapter Development
11h00 – 12h15 Training on WYA White Paper ‘Sustainable Development’
12h30 Closing Brunch and final evaluation

Please note that the program might change.

Participation fee: 50 € for the whole duration of the conference

This includes the admission to all the sessions of the ELC, which range from the conferences held in the European Parliament, lectures and panel discussions by expert speakers, negotiations of the declaration to be presented in the European Parliament, trainings, evening cocktail to much more. The Certificate of Participation, Conference Kit, other materials and brochures, snacks throughout conference, refreshments during the conference breaks are also included.

Upon acceptance to the conference, payment instructions will be issued. All payment details will be sent to you in the confirmation e-mail. Participants may apply for a discount on the participation fee. The approval will be granted on an individual case basis, and is dependent on the applicant’s authentic need.

All accommodations and travel before, during and after the conference will be care of the delegates. As of now, WYAE does not offer any form of financial aid to potential participants to cover their accommodations and travel expenses.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at europe@wya.net.

Application process

The application process for attending the ELC 2017 is open now. The application deadline expires on Friday, the 20th of October, 2017. To apply you must:

• Be from 18-30 years old

• Be residing in an European country

• Have a good level of English

• Submit an online application form

• Be a member of World Youth Alliance

If you are not yet a WYA member, please sign the Charter in order to become a member (prerequisite for participating in the ELC).

Should you have any question, do not hesitate to contact us at europe@wya.net.


Online Application Form




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