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WYAE Emerging Leaders Conference 2017: Migration & Development

November 26, 2017 - November 29, 2017


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

Our Partners

This event is made possible by the generous support of:

•  Ambassador Dr. Harry Tseng – Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium

•  Marcin Podgorski – Lodzkie House

•  Marijana Petir – Member of the European Parliament


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

Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium | Brussels

13h00 – 14h00 Arrival and registration of participants
14h45 – 16h00 Visit to the European Parliament’s visitors centre – Parlamentarium
18h30 – 21h30 Welcoming Cocktail and Certification ceremony

  • hosted by the Ambassador Dr. Harry Tseng in the Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium


Monday, November 27, 2017 | European Parliament (Room 6Q1) | Brussels

11h00 – 13h00 Presentation of good practices by participants
15h00 – 17h00 Panel on ‘Migration and Development’

Leonello Gabrici – Head of Division Migration and Human Security, Global Directorate of European External Action Service (EEAS)

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

Marc Franco – Senior Associate Fellow, EGMONT Royal Institute for International Relations

Patricia Lisa – Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute

Eugenio Ambrosi – Regional Director, International Organization for Migration

Ignacio Socías – Director of Communication, International Federation for Family Development

● Moderator: Hrvoje Vargic – Director, World Youth Alliance Europe

19h00 Optional Visit to the Brussels city center (discovering Belgium specialties)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | 

Lodzkie House | European Parliament (tbc) | Brussels

10h00 – 13h00 Negotiations of the WYA Declaration on Migration and Development
15h00 – 17h00 Panel on ‘Human Dignity in the Refugee Crisis’

Arne Gericke – Member of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the ACP- EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Lars Adaktusson – Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs

Jan De Bisschop – UNHCR Advocacy Officer for EU Regional Bureau for Europe at UNHCR

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

José Luis Bazán – Legal advisor on Migration and Asylum for the COMECE

Caroline Horne – Destination Unknown Campaign

Claudia Bonamini – Policy and Advocacy Officer, Jesuit Refugee Service Europe

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

18h00- 20h00 Closing dinner in the Brussels Grill Restaurant – Grand Place

• hosted by Marijana Petir – Member of the European Parliament

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | 
Lodzkie House | Brussels

10h00 – 11h00 WYA Chapter Development
11h00 – 12h15 Training on WYA White Paper ‘Sustainable Development’
12h30 – 13h30 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




November 26, 2017
November 29, 2017
Event Category:


World Youth Alliance Europe


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