May 13th-15th: WYA Europe Emerging Leaders Conference

Join us for WYA Europe’s first ever Emerging Leaders Conference on:

Sustainable Development and the Priority of Persons

13th- 15th May 2012

 Brussels, Belgium


The Emerging Leaders Europe Conference, 2012 provides an opportunity for young people from all over Europe to explore key principles of the World Youth Alliance with a particular emphasis on this year’s theme: the priority of persons in relation to sustainable development.


Sustainable development is the UN’s overarching theme for development and human rights and is especially important this year in the lead up to the Rio +20 Conference that will reset the sustainable development agenda for the future.

The World Youth Alliance wants to ensure that the human person remains at the forefront of this agenda and is running its annual International Solidarity Forum on this theme to help draft a WYA declaration on this subjects.

The Emerging Leaders Europe conference will empower young people to express their views by partaking in an interactive conference including a public speaking workshop, live debate and sector specific panel. The focus of the conference will be the promotion of the human person in sustainable development, in all aspects of economy, environment and society.

We, young people, need to be involved in affecting the future not only of our planet, but of our communities. Population growth measures are already underway, but we want to clarify that it is possible to sustain both the person and the world, without having to compromise either.

This conference is open to European young people between 10 – 30 years old who signed WYA Charter.

Structure of the conference: 

The conference will include presentations, interactive panels, a tour of the European parliament and a public speaking workshop  followed by a debate on the sustainability of our 7 billion population.The programme is available upon request by emailing Agnes at 


The conference will be hosted by the World Youth Alliance and will take place at the European centre from Sunday 13th May at 1pm to Tuesday 15th May lunchtime.

The conference will launch with a fun introduction on Sunday afternoon and while optional, is highly recommended. The conference will begin formally on the morning of Monday 14th May and will finish at Tuesday lunchtime.

Upon registration further details will be provided regarding accommodation suggestions, directions, and conference programme.

All travel arrangements to and from Brussels should be made independently. We regret that we cannot assist with any expenses related to travel or accommodation, however, we hope to be able to provide subsidised accommodation.

To register to the conference, please fill the form available through this link.

For further information on the programme and to register for the conference, please contact the European regional Director of Operations, Agnes King on