Global Youth Forum: "Refugees in a Global Context: Historical Lessons and Contemporary Insight"

Friday, December 14, 2018 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Private Event: Conference
Dec 14

Participation in this event is by invitation only

Hosted by CIGI and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the Global Youth Forum is a free, one-day conference for senior high school students. This year’s forum will focus on refugees in a global context.

Students will learn about the complexity surrounding global refugee governance by exploring the interdependent systems behind the issues, discussing the roles cities play in the governance of the global refugee system, and reviewing the economic, social, technological, educational needs of refugees and the communities that host them.  While the arrival of refugees is often framed as a challenge, it also presents an opportunity to be innovative and develop solutions that benefit both newcomers and communities.

Participants will engage in a variety of learning avenues including plenary discussions, breakout sessions with community and academic experts, firsthand testimonials and multimedia presentations. They will also participate in guided small group discussions and will be encouraged to use critical and innovative thinking to develop and propose solutions.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM:      Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM:       Participants take their seats

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM:      Welcome and Introductions

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM:    Opening Plenary Session 

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM:   Health Break and Group Photo

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM:   Breakout Session

12:00 PM – 12:50 PM:   Lunch and Multimedia Exhibit Viewing

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM:      Closing Plenary Session

1:50 PM - 2:00 PM:        Closing Remarks and event ends

Capacity for this event is limited to 250 students, and all students should register through their teacher/school representative.  Please note that the content of the Forum is most appropriate for students in Grades 11 and 12.  For additional details about the event, please contact Muriel O’Doherty at [email protected].