Emerging Leaders Conference

The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is designed for young people and offers discussions, lectures, and training on topics relevant to ongoing international policy debates. The Emerging Leaders Conference happens every year in the following regions: Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America. Each WYA Region holds a local ELC.

Contact education@wya.net for more information or click the regional tabs to view the details of your regional ELC event.

Overarching Theme

The theme this 2018 is Bioethics. Each region has developed a theme for their conference that addresses issues or concepts regarding the human dignity and bioethics that is relevant to the region.

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The Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual program activity that brings together young people from across Africa to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues. The 2018 Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is the ninth (9) to be organised by World Youth Alliance Africa. The theme is Human Dignity and Bioethics: African Youth Perspective on Bioethics, Migration and Livelihood Solutions.

The 2018 conference will take place at Strathmore University , Nairobi, Kenya from Wednesday, November 14 to Friday, November 16, 2018. Applications are open as from May 14,2018 and close by October 31, 2018. The conference will be conducted in English with sign language interpretation and electronic material will be available as well as ramp & lift access.


Where do I get the Application Form?

Find the application form here.

How do I make payments?

BY SAFARICOM’S MPESA

Through the World Youth Alliance Africa MPESA Paybill number by Wednesday 7th November 2018. MPESA Business Number is 559066, with account number as ELC.

BY CHEQUE

To World Youth Alliance Africa, delivered on or before Wednesday 7th November 2018.

BY WIRE TRANSFER

Please include the following information when making a wire transfer

Details of Payment: Emerging Leaders Conference 2018

Bank Name: Stanbic Bank Limited

Swift Code: SBICKENXXXX

Account Name: World Youth Alliance Africa

Account Number: 0100005433527

Kindly note, we have only 150 slots to allocate, ensure to make payments on receipt of your acceptance letter.

What is the dress code for the conference?

The dress code is either formal or smart business casual.

What important dates should I keep in mind?

Extended Online Registration Deadline : Wednesday, 31st October 2018

Extended Payment Deadline (Kes 3500/USD 35) : Wednesday, 7th November 2018

Conference Dates: Wednesday, 14th – Friday, 16th November 2018


Inquiries

For any inquiries, reach us through africa@wya.net or directly call us through +254-202-508-626, +254 713 906 471. We look forward to meeting you and your friends soon in Nairobi.

Speakers

Dr. Luis G. Franceschi (far left) with WYA Africa RD and Immediate Former RDO

Dr. Luis G. Franceschi is the Dean of Strathmore Law School. He is French by descent, Venezuelan by birth, and Kenyan by choice. He has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed books and articles on law and ethics. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Strathmore Business School since its foundation. Dr. Franceschi is member of several boards, Chairman of the Board of the Ethics Institute of East Africa, Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Annual Ethics Conferences since 2004, and Chairman of A.L.L. Foundation. He is also a Member of the Board of Governors of the International Association of Law Schools (IALS) based at Cornell Law School, NY, a Member of the Board of Sosian Energy, a Member of the Advisory Council of the International Justice Commission (The Hague) and a Member of the Board of Transparency International. He has been a Governing Council Delegate (Governing Council – UNEP and UNCHS) and the Legal Advisor to the President of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme, where he co-drafted the UN Nairobi Declaration. He was also a Country Representative at the 7th and the 4th Global Training Program on Environmental Law & Policy (United Nations Environment Program). He is a certified ISO auditor, and is a weekly columnist with the Daily Nation. He also likes mountain climbing expeditions.

 

Dr. Wahome Ngare

Dr. Wahome is an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist with a Masters of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. He holds a Masters in Business Administration at Strathmore University. He a member of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association and a Member of the Life Committee of the ecumenical Kenya Christian Professionals Forum. He is the founder, principal share holder and Managing Director at Mercy Medical Centre – Mercy Health Services Limited. He previously worked at the Kenyatta National Hospital and was the Chairman of the KMA SACCO. He is married and has three children.

 

Tim Kipchumba

Tim was was born 450KM North East of Nairobi, in a small town called Kapsowar, among the Marakwet in the Great Rift Valley. He is currently a co-funder and Chief Financial Officer of Questworks , his full profile is here.

 

 

 

 

David Kisache – Panel Moderator, Co- Emcee

He is a communications officer at a reputable organization in the country. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Nairobi with a major in Conflict and Peace Studies and Sociology.  He is a great communicator and orator and a speaker on different topics and audiences. When off the stage, he is a caring friend, brother and son engaging in other social activities geared towards making the world a better place. He has a passion working with the youth and children in training and mentoring them into the change agents the world needs. He is also a strong believer in the need to protect and honor the dignity of the human person and champion for the preservation and respect of the same. He also believes in the sacredness of human life and the need to preserve life, he also believes there is a higher authority to which humanity is answerable to hence the need to be responsible.

 

Jr. Victor Baba Emmanuel Aligo

Jr. Victor Baba Emmanuel Aligo is a charismatic, cultural changing leader, philanthropist, lawyer, mediator, and certified strategist. He is the overseer of the Men’s Ministry at Reconciliation Centre, a non-denominational Church and the managing partner at Oceanic Mediators.

He has an exciting over-three years of experience within the not-for-profit world: encompassing a career as public relations personnel at the Denise Horgan C. Library, a legal mind at the Brooks Centre for Autistic and Deaf Children, and has conducted over 300 hours of volunteer services to the Zimmerman Community and its neighborhood under the ground-breaking ‘Beloved Community Project’ designation.

His principal core competencies and point of strengths are manifestly: spirituality, management and leadership, alternative dispute resolution, and communication and takes pride in his proficiency in English, Kiswahili, Arabic and French.

Affiliations

  1. Associate member at the Kenya Institute of Management.
  2. Mediator at the Federation of Women Lawyers Kenya.
  3. Member at World Youth Alliance.

 

Lillian Kilwake

Lillian Kilwake is a Kenyan professional in Migration and Development. Currently working at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation as a Programme Officer, Migration & Protection covering Kenya and Somalia. In her current work she works on displacement i.e. Refugees, Internally displaced persons and vulnerable migrants, aiming to ensure their fundamental rights are achieved and on protection of civilians in war.  Overall, she has over 10 years working experience in Development and Humanitarian work in Kenya, Somalia, Liberia, Netherlands and West Africa (Ghana, Sierra Leone and Nigeria). She is passionate about children welfare and youth and development and currently involved with the Next Gen Ministry at the International Christian Centre (ICC) Imara campus.

Lillian holds a Masters in Development Studies with a specialization in Women, Gender and Development from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands and a Bachelor of arts in Community Development from Daystar University. Her Master’s thesis was a Discourse media analysis of the Kenyan Standard paper and was  a Youth and Gender perspective paper where she looked at how the media reports and analyses Gender Based Violence especially sexual violence against young girls in Kenya. Her paper was lauded as a piece of academic work that promotes children welfare.  She is also an alumni of Harvard University’s executive education where she studied Women and Power in the new world. Lillian has also taken part in the International Summer School on forced displacement at Oxford University and conversant with global and regional perspectives on Migration in the 21st century.

 

Tim Howe

Tim Howe works for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency. He  is currently IOM’s Senior Regional Thematic Specialist for Migrant Protection and Assistance for the East and Horn of Africa and has been based in Nairobi, Kenya since July 2016.  Previous work stations have included work in Thailand, Tanzania, Costa Rica as well as in Geneva, Switzerland working with IOM and previously UNHCR. Tim holds a Master in International Human Rights Law from the London School of Economics (LSE) and is a certified mediator. Tim looks back on more than 10 years of practical experience in providing direct assistance to vulnerable migrants, including specifically on counter-trafficking and protection, as well as migration policy work. He has been the author of different academic articles on refugee protection and the principle of non-refoulement, international criminal law,  as well as on migrant protection and counter-trafficking, including in the context of mixed movements.  In terms of institutional work, he has contributed to several IOM publications on counter-trafficking and is a member of IOM’s Global Expert Group for the development of an inter-agency handbook on protection and assistance of migrants in vulnerable situations.

Joseph Atulo

Joseph Atulo is an African youth with a passion and commitment for sustainable development and the human person. He is WYA Africa intern alumni having completed the Certified Training Program (CTP), a philosophical compilation of text that revolves around the dignity of the human person.

He studied Political Science and Sociology at the University of Nairobi with a specialization in International Relations. Currently an FK-Norway fellow and WYA volunteer, Joseph has been involved in the protection and educating members of the public especially the young people on their human dignity.

In his spare time, he loves singing, reading and writing both creative and informative articles. He also enjoys hiking with friends.

Joseph has a vision where young people and the society in general will embrace the right kind of education and make human-centered and we’ll informed decisions in whatever they do and for this reason is championing for #SDG4 and the WYA HDC.

 

Philip Moturi Moturi

Philip Moturi Moturi is a passionate sportsman who has played for the Kenya Sevens Rugby team and has also represented Kenya in Basketball.

He currently works as a Product Owner at JUMO World. He is an expert in IT as a software developer and currently in Business, Production.

He has gained a wealth of international experience in and out of Africa, trained and developed training materials in software development. He has been a consultant for Curriculum development & Lecturing for the Centonomy Teens Boot Camp and was a trainer in the inaugural session. He is also a freelance personal finance advisor and writes on the same.

Philip holds a Bachelors degree in Information Systems Technology (IST) from USIU and is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya – alumni of Strathmore University. He is married and has two children.

 

International Solidarity Forum (ISF) 2018 Representatives Panel : Dannis Ogola (Kenya), Doreen Nakato (Uganda), Anne Kioko (Kenya), Rodrigue Makelele (DRC) Adam Malik (Kenya)

We had 5 WYA members represent the Africa region at the International Solidarity Forum (ISF) 2018. They shall be sharing their insights from the discussions there and bring us up to speed on the issues on human dignity and bioethics spoken about at the forum. Each of them has completed the Certified Training Programme (CTP) or undertaken the Regional Internship and are active members of WYA and live out our mission serving as dignity defenders in their different careers.

 

Conference Topics

Day One

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Introduction to WYA, Conference Overview
  • Key Note Address
  • Performance: Spoken Word
  • Human Dignity & Bio-ethics; emerging issues on the African Continent
  • Human Dignity & Bio-ethics; emerging issues in Medical Practice
  • Human Dignity & Bio-ethics; emerging issues in Pharmaceutical Practice
  • Human Dignity & Bio-ethics; a global youth perspective and sensitisation on emerging issues

Day Two

  • Country Study; understanding, national, regional and international policies and governance on Migration
  • Insights on African Youth Global Migration
  • Understanding the role of the different international organisations in migration
  • African Youth experiences as refugees and impact of their migration to the country of origin, country of transit, and host country
  • Breakout session: Group Discussion and Presentation

Day Three

  • Sustainable innovative livelihood solutions for African youth
  • Making SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time bound) livelihood decisions
  • Understanding investments, insurance and pension programs for the African youth
  • Case Studies; African Youth currently running sustainable initiatives and income generating projects

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Africa Emerging Leaders Conference?

The Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (AELC) is an annual World Youth Alliance event that brings together youth from across Africa to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues through lectures and discussions. In addition, a rich display of culture is enjoyed through the sessions at the conference.

Who is invited for the AELC?

Youth aged between 16 -30 years.

Why is it important and worthwhile?

This year’s theme will focus on “Human Dignity and Bioethics: African Youth Perspective on Bioethics, Migration and Livelihood Solutions.” It will enable youth to engage ideas that are of importance to young people on the continent of Africa to understand how we can contribute to a better Africa and in turn a better world in solidarity as the Africa Emerging Leaders.

What logistics will be provided?

All travel expenses and accommodation will be borne by the participants. WYA Africa will not finance accommodation. ONLY lunch and snacks will be provided for the 3 (three) days of the conference.

How will visas be processed for participants outside Kenya?

Kenya allows visa waivers for many countries. Please check with the Kenya Department of Immigration to confirm whether you require a visa or otherwise. Each participant will be required to have official travel documents (passports , national identity cards or other). Supporting documents from WYA Africa will be provided to enable an easy entry into Kenya through customs.

What is the cost of the Conference?

Payment Deadline : Kes 3500/USD 35  by Wednesday, 7th November 2018

Kindly note, we have only 150 slots to allocate.

Registration Form

Fees & Payments

The three day conference will cost Kes 3,500 /USD 35  Registration for conference fees, the conference materials, lunch and a certificate for the three-day conference. Payments will be made upon WYA’s confirmation (an acceptance letter) to attend the conference. Applicants are required to make payments on or before Wednesday 7th November 2018 .

BY SAFARICOM’S MPESA

Through the World Youth Alliance Africa MPESA Paybill number by 7th November 2018. MPESA Business Number is 559066, with account number as ELC.

By CHEQUE

To World Youth Alliance Africa, delivered on or before Wednesday 7th November 2018.

BY WIRE TRANSFER

Please include the following information when making a wire transfer

Details of Payment: Emerging Leaders Conference 2018

Bank Name: Stanbic Bank Limited

Swift Code: SBICKENXXXX

Account Name: World Youth Alliance Africa

Account Number: 0100005433527

AELC 2017 in Summary

The 2017 Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) was the eighth (8th)to be organised by World Youth Alliance Africa. The theme for the 2017 ELC was Population and Environment : The Role of Lawyers in Contemporary Society, Addressing the Migrant Question, and it took place at Uganda Christian University, Mukono, Uganda from Wednesday 4th to Thursday 5th October, 2017.

The conference was conducted in English.

Photos of the 2017 ELC

AELC 2016 in Summary

The 2016 Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) was the seventh (7th)to be organised by World Youth Alliance Africa. The theme for the 2016 ELC was People and Environment : Sharing Youth Innovation and Best Practices, and it took place at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya from Tuesday 8th to Thursday 10th November, 2016.

The conference was conducted in English and had sign-language interpretation.

Photos of the 2016 ELC

 


AELC 2015 Delegate Testimonials

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ELC Africa was a tremendous experience that enabled me to meet and interact with youth and emerging leaders from all over Africa. This experience made me feel and see that the dream of the Africa we want will definitely come true by the collective and integrated efforts of those bright young Africans. As in this era of globalization, people start to develop a common culture and values. It is our responsibility the youth and the future leaders to shape these shared culture and values through interacting and communicating in a global and international manner such as in the ELC to be able to direct the future of this global humanity into a safe, sustainable and prosper life.”

 – Hiba Abuelgasim, Sudan

 

The Africa ELC for me was a refreshing experience. It positively impacted me from the engagement with other young Africans, the open discussions and the learning sessions. Furthermore this period served to draw me close to WYA and her mandate as I gained a greater insight on the deeper need for dignity, solidarity and life; all these are intertwined with the mundane of what it is to be a person. I look forward to ELC 2016, viva WYA!”

– Patricia Ahawo Gwambo, Kenya

 

“The Africa ELC held at Strathmore University Nairobi, Kenya was a greatly thrilling and exciting experience for me. This was my first trip to another African country. The conference was a real eye-opener for me and for many of my new friends that I met at the conference. Note the inclusion of spiritual and family components, which is the hallmark and one of the back-bones of our African society and which has kept us strong thus far. I learnt concepts like the ‘inalienable dignity of the person’ and how it can be attained and violated, the need to respect our universe/environment, and life’s purpose. All our speakers and panelists were well versed in their fields and laid out their points clearly with a lot of humur, such that I left the conference feeling like a new “me”. Could I ask for a better conference? No. It was awesome.”

– Sarah Ogbewey, Nigeria

 

“I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to WYA Africa for giving me the opportunity to have participated in the 2015 ELC. The conference, as it was my first experience being out of my country Liberia, was an eye opener for me. I became a different person when I returned to my motherland. I no longer look at the continent Africa and the world in generally from the perspective of my Liberian cultural orientations. I now take into consideration the unique cultures of my fellow African counterparts from over ten countries on the continent. I have understood human dignity from an informed point of view. I have realized my potential as a young person and my role in my society which I think will help in shaping the future of my country, Africa and the world at large. I once again want to extol the WYAA for such a unique educative platform. Thanks!”

– Moses Yahmia, Liberia

 

The 2015 Africa ELC was informative and full of thought provoking insights on issues pertaining to youth empowerment on the African continent. For me, the epitome was the interactions among emerging African leaders from diverse walks of life. The common element I saw was the generation of young people with passion, drive and desire to invest their talents and skills for the better Africa. The next generation of leaders who are willing to think, believe, dream and dare in all their endeavours. Thanks to the organisers, it was a worthwhile experience!”

– John Bangwe, Zambia

 

At the 2015 Africa ELC, I found something more valuable than my initial expectations. The diverse group of young leaders from different countries and cultures was so integrative and promising. I was motivated, challenged and transformed through this educative initiative,  Human dignity is all what is needed to shape our Continent – Africa! Now I work on every strategy I heard at ELC – Africa and use every skills I gained at ELC to be a brightest future Leader of my continent Africa and impact others!! I’m very happy to be part of this unique experience and for the opportunity to meet outstanding people. Thanks to ELC. – Africa Organizers.”

– James Leonard Magumba, Tanzania

 

“First and foremost I would like to thank you all the WYA Team for the memorable event that you organized. 2015 ELC in African was one of its kind with best organizers ever hence fulfilling all my expectations.  ELC provided me with new skills on promoting the dignity of a person which matches with my education interest as well as my passion as someone who is passionate about human rights and child education. I managed to network with other emerging young leaders who have already made a difference in their respective communities and we committed to collaborate in different projects. Furthermore ELC has opened up doors for me whereby I was selected to participate in the Young African Leaders Initiative program at the regional level; a program that was initiated by Barrack Obama. All these come due to the skills and knowledge I got from our best and experienced speakers during the ELC 2015. It will always be an experience to remember!”

– Sylvia Kakyo, Uganda

 


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Co-host an Emerging Leaders Conference

World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) is opening its doors to universities and organizations who wish to be a co-host of this year’s WYAAP Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) Campus Series.

The ELC is a major annual program hosted by the WYAAP for young individuals to learn about the salient issues of today and to know how to become effective youth leaders who can defend the dignity of every person. Through a variety of talks, workshops, and interactive activities, participants of the ELC have the opportunity to learn from engaging speakers and to build networks and friendships with youth from the Asia Pacific region.

The ELC has been implemented since 2012, covering topics including Sustainable Development, the Family, Health and Education, Environment and Technology, and Migration and Development. Beginning this 2018, the WYAAP ELC is to be implemented on a larger scale, to be co-hosted by different schools, universities, and organizations who wish to bring this platform to their community and share in our capacity to provide integral formation.

 

2018 Theme | Decoding the Person
This year, the WYAAP ELC series will discuss the convergence of human dignity, holistic personal development, and advancements in technology (i.e. social media, bioethics). It seeks to enlighten youth about topics related to the theme and ignite discussions and reflections on: understanding who we are, making smart decisions that will help lead us toward who we can be, and knowing how to defend our dignity and the dignity of others in an age of social and medical technology.

Deadline for proposals: August 31, 2018 

 

2019 Theme | For the Common Good
Following this year, the 2019 WYAAP ELC series will tackle the topic of good governance. We will take a look at person-centered policies in the 21st century, discuss what is it that the human person needs in order to live a flourishing life in relation to others, and what structures are necessary to help guide individuals and communities toward the common good.

Deadline for proposals: January 31, 2019

 

Be part of the series
Fill out the request form below to express your intent in co-hosting an ELC this 2018 and/or 2019.

Invite World Youth Alliance to your area
To bring a WYA representative to speak on the questions of human dignity, human formation, integral development, human rights advocacy, youth engagement, and more, please write a letter of intent to the WYAAP Regional Director, Mary Imbong, at maryi@wya.net

 

Testimonials from past ELC delegates

“[The] ELC has given me another reason to fight for different rights of all walks of life.” – Delegate, WYAAP ELC 2017 (Migration & Development)

“I traveled back to my city with so much joy and gratitude with me. Joy, because in three days, I got to know such beautiful people who have a similar passion for leading and being the agents of positive change. Gratitude, because in three days I was given the opportunity to learn so many things. I was given the chance to also be “upgraded” and become a better person than I was before.” – Delegate, WYAAP ELC 2016 (Environment & Population)

“#WYAAPELC2015 has come to an end. But for us delegates, it is just the beginning of being a #DignityDefender. I’ve very happy to be [a] part of this unique experience for giving me the opportunity to meet outstanding people.” – Delegate, WYAAP ELC 2015 (Youth and Education)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What happens at the ELC?

The WYAAP Emerging Leaders Conference is an interactive platform for youth aimed at educating individuals from different backgrounds about the central theme, and at building friendships among youth belonging to the Asia Pacific region.

 

 2. What makes it different from other youth conferences today?

The World Youth Alliance is an international youth organization known for its talented, hardworking, inspiring, and passionate people who have a big heart for making a concrete impact in their communities—all while having fun. Underneath this process of learning is the experience of being immersed in a culture of positivity. Participants can expect to leave the conference with new insights, new friendships, (and a strange urge to dance).

 

 3. Is this opportunity for me?

In WYA, we believe that every person has dignity regardless of beliefs, backgrounds, or circumstance. We are committed to promoting this idea to other people and learning more about the human experience in order for us to understand and respect one another better. If you share these convictions and would like to provide a space for other youth to learn about and in turn live out these ideas, then perhaps this is the opportunity for you.

 

4. What does it mean to co-host an ELC?

As co-host, the institution will organize and implement the ELC with guidance and support from the WYAAP office. Where possible and necessary, the university co-host is requested to provide core funding for successful implementation.

Logistical requirements for the co-host/institution include a suitable location for the plenary sessions as well as pocket spaces for small group discussions (if applicable); technical requirements (projector/screen, basic sound system); food and drinks for ELC attendees and volunteers; student volunteers; travel and/or lodging allowance for two WYA representatives (optional/as needed).

WYA’s support will include/is not limited to program development, identifying resource speakers, marketing support, event management and volunteer training (when necessary); and event volunteers.

 

5. Who can co-host an ELC?

Schools, universities, organizations, and WYA Chapters may co-host an ELC with WYAAP.

 

6. How can I co-host an ELC?

Simply fill out this request form to express your intent to co-host an ELC. Your request will be reviewed by the WYAAP office.

 

7. Is there a deadline for this request?

To co-host an ELC this 2018, the deadline for proposals (filling out the request form) is on August 31, 2018. This year, the WYAAP ELC series will discuss the convergence of human dignity, holistic personal development, and advancements in technology (i.e. social media, bioethics). It seeks to enlighten youth about topics related to the theme and ignite discussions and reflections on: understanding who we are, making smart decisions that will help lead us toward who we can be, and knowing how to defend our dignity and the dignity of others in an age of social and medical technology.

To co-host a 2019 ELC, the deadline for proposals is on January 31, 2019. The 2019 WYAAP ELC series will tackle the topic of good governance. We will take a look at person-centered policies in the 21st century, discuss what is it that the human person needs in order to live a flourishing life in relation to others, and what structures are necessary to help guide individuals and communities toward the common good.

 


For more inquiries:

E-mail us at asiapacific@wya.net, or visit the WYAAP office at 303 Xanland Place 323 Katipunan Ave. Loyola Heights Quezon City. Office hours are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Mondays to Fridays, except on Philippine holidays). You may also reach us via landline by calling +632 921 5162.

 

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About the Emerging Leaders Conference

Following the immensely successful 6th Emerging Leaders Conference held in Brussels last year, WYA Europe is delighted to announce its 7th edition. This year’s conference theme is Human Dignity and Bioethics and it will take place in Brussels from the 24th to the 28th of November, 2018. While recognizing the importance of medical and technological development in upholding the value of every human life, the conference aims to provide Europe youth with accurate information on practices that violate person’s dignity, which must be cherished in custom, protected by law, and safeguarded in all settings within all levels of society.

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.

“Therefore, we call upon the members of the medical profession, ethicists, policy makers and all stakeholders at the local, national, and international levels to stand in solidarity with all persons particularly those in vulnerable situations to ensure that human dignity is protected at all stages of life. ” –WYA Declaration on Human Dignity and Bioethics

Program

Saturday, November 24, 2018 / WYA Europe HQ / Venue TBC

14h00 – 15h00 Arrival and registration of participants

15h00 – 15h30 Official opening

15h30 – 16h00 Get to know the program and methodology

16h00 – 17h00 Get to know each other – icebreakers

17h00 – 19h30 Brussels tour

19h30 Walking dinner and free night in Brussels

 


 

Sunday, November 25, 2018 / Venue TBC / House of European History museum

10h00 – 11h30 Rediscovering European values: Case study on Euthanasia and Palliative care

• Training on the WYA White paper on Euthanasia by Hrvoje Vargić, Europe Director of Partnerships, World Youth Alliance

11h45 – 13h00 Media training “Emerging Leaders Standing up for Human Dignity”

• Getting the message across/reframing method, role-play and media statements

13h00 – 14h00 Lunch

14h00 – 16h30 “The History of Human Rights in Europe”

• Visit to the House of European History museum

18h30 – 21h30 Welcoming Cocktail and Certification ceremony

 


 

Monday, November 26, 2018 / Venue TBC

10h00 – 11h30 “Human Rights and Democracy in Practice: Case Study on Surrogacy”

• Training on WYA White paper on Surrogacy by Elisabeth Gudenus, Regional Director, World Youth Alliance Europe

 11h45 – 13h00 Simulation of the EP

13h00 – 14h00 Lunch

14h00 – 16h00 “Women’s Rights Today: A case for FEMM”

• Elisabeth Gudenus, Regional Director, World Youth Alliance Europe

16h15 – 17h30 Reflection on the learning outcomes

17h30 – 20h00 Intercultural dinner

 


 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 / European Parliament

10h00 Visit to the EP

11h00 – 13h30 Panel and open discussion on “Threats to Human Rights in Europe: Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide”

• Hrvoje Vargić, Europe Director of Partnerships, World Youth Alliance
• Miroslav Mikolášik, Member of the European Parliament
• Carine Brochier, European Institute of Bioethics
• Gregor Puppinck, European Center for Law and Justice
• Other speakers TBC

13h30 – 14h30 Lunch

15h00 – 17h30 Panel and open discussion on “Abuses of human Rights in Surrogacy practice”

• Elisabeth Gudenus, Regional Director, World Youth Alliance Europe
• Elisabetta Gardini, Member of the European Parliament
• Gregor Puppinck, European Center for Law and Justice
• Caroline Roux, Alliance Vita
• Other speakers TBC 

17h30 Free night in Brussels

 


 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 / Venue TBC

10h00 – 12h00 Project lab: Emerging Leaders Changing the World

12h00 – 12h30 Final reflection on the learning outcomes

12h45 – 13h30 Conclusions, Final evaluation and awarding of the Youthpass certificates

After 13h30 Departures

 

*Please note, the program may be modified.

 

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

Early bird participation fee (before October 5): 40 €

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.

In case of event cancellation, participants should keep in mind, when making travel arrangements, that any expenses made other than registration fees will not be reimbursed. Registration fees will be reimbursed as soon as possible.

If the participant cancels more than 4 weeks before the start of the event, 50 % of the participation fee can be reimbursed to the participant. If the participant cancels within 4 weeks before the start of the event, 10 € of the registration fee will be refunded. All refunds are made in euros. WYAE cannot refund any shortfalls due to exchange rate fluctuations or bank charges.

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

Application process

The application process for attending the ELC 2018 is open now. The application deadline expires on Saturday, the 20th of October, 2018. 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

About the Emerging Leaders Conference 2017

The 6th WYAE ELC has concluded! 

The event brought together young people from across Europe to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues. The theme for this year’s conference was ‘MIGRATION & DEVELOPMENT: Human Dignity in the Refugee Crisis’ and took place in Brussels from the 26th to the 29th November, 2017. 

The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is an annual event hosted by WYA, which seeks to bring together critical thinkers to examine issues in the area of health and education with particular regard to family, women and children. It also provides young leaders with special training on programs in those areas to give them the adequate tools to make a difference back in their country.

We would like to thank our delegates, volunteers, and partners who made this event a success!

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¡La 5a LAELC ha concluido! Nos gustaría agradecer a nuestros delegados y voluntarios que hicieron de este evento un éxito.

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Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) 2016

Reshaping the Concept of Citizenship in our Global Family

December 3rd, 2016

The Middle East regional office of WYA holds an annual Emerging Leaders Conference aimed at educating young leaders on the annual theme of the United Nations, and working with them to examine how these ideas can be translated and adapted to the local context. WYA’s annual theme for this year is “Population and Environment: Key to Development”.

We are planning to hold the conference on December 3rd with the suggested title: “Reshaping the Concept of Citizenship in our Global Family”. The conference is intended to target an estimated 50 young leaders. Given the relevance of the proposed theme, and in line with our efforts to expand the opportunities for student in civic engagement, WYA is interested in joining hands with Foundations and Civil Society to organize this year’s conference targeting students, WYA regional members, and other interested youth.

Workshop Topics

The concept of good citizenship is perceived as a dilemma in our region. A region went through constant instability on all levels, whether economic, social, political, cultural or environmental. As citizens, we’ve been subjects to manipulation and victims of corrupt systems. This conference will explore the role which young citizens play facing these threats and a call for solidarity in a global family.

The regional conference will cover three main themes:

  • Citizenship and Environment
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Citizenship and Sustainable Development

Tentative Agenda

9:00-9:30 Registration and Introductory Session
9:30-11:00 Citizenship and Environment
Best Practices and Innovative Tools
11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-13:00 Social Entrepreneurship
For Profit with a Social Mission
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:00 Citizenship and Sustainable Development
Human Person at the Center of Development
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-17:00 The Global Family and the UN Language
Exclusive Session for UNDEF Participants

Application Deadline for residents of Lebanon: November 21, 2016

Application Deadline for non-residents of Lebanon: November 25, 2016

Apply here!

The 2nd WYAME ELC has concluded! We’d like to thank our delegates, volunteers, and partners who made this event a success!

Watch out for our 3rd ELC in 2016!

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OverviewOct. 5-6 | Benedictine CollegeJan. 25 - 26 | Fordham Univ.Oct. 26-27 | Philadelphia, PAFeb. 22-23 | Northeast Catholic CollegeFAQs

The NA Emerging Leaders Conferences (ELCs) are an annual series of events hosted by WYANA, which seek to bring together critical thinkers from across North America to examine key issues. The conferences also provides young leaders with special training on programs in those areas to give them the adequate tools to make a difference in their own communities.

The theme for the 2018 ELC is The Modern Identity Crisis, with a focus on Bioethics.

In 2017, we ran three successful ELCs: Benedictine CollegeUniversity of Mary, and Prince Edward Island. In spring 2018, we ran two successful ELCs: Northeast Catholic College and Hillsdale College.

Fall 2018 Conferences:

  • Oct. 5-6, 2018 | 2nd Annual ELC: Benedictine College, KS, USA
  • Oct. 26-27, 2018 | ELC: Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Dec. 6-7, 2018 | ELC: Harvard University, MA, USA

Spring 2019 Conferences:

  • Jan. 25-26, 2019 | ELC: Fordham University, NY, USA
  • Feb. 22-23, 2019 | 2nd Annual ELC: Northeast Catholic College, NH, USA

Oct. 5-6, 2018 | 2nd Annual ELC: Benedictine College, Atchison, KS

Details forthcoming!

Jan. 25 – 26 | ELC: Fordham University, New York City, New York

Registration

Register for the Fordham ELC here.

Oct. 26-27, 2018 | ELC: Philadelphia, PA

Registration

Register for the Philadelphia ELC here.

Schedule

More details forthcoming.

Co-Hosts

WYA is grateful to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and the Thomistic Institute for co-hosting.

Feb. 22-23, 2019 | 2nd Annual ELC: Northeast Catholic College, NH

Details forthcoming!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is invited for the NA ELC?

Young people ages 16-30, along with the community at large.

Inquiries

Please email northamerica@wya.net with any questions you may have.