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Press Centre (9/2012)

International Youth Leadership Academy's Second International Training Program has started


Thirty young leaders from Turkey and sixteen other countries in Southeast Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Caucasus have gathered in Istanbul for the second international youth training programme of the International Youth Leadership Academy (IYLA).

The IYLA is a partnership between the Habitat Centre for Development and Governance, CORIO, Save the Children, UNICEF Turkey, United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia section (UCLA-MEWA) and the World Academy of Local Governments and Democracy (WALD). 

The young people taking part were selected from among a total of 869 candidates. All are active in their own communities. Over the course of the week they will develop their leadership skills and enhance their knowledge of youth rights, participation, citizenship and social responsibility.

The training is being conducted based on the experience of leadership experts from UNICEF, Save the Children and Habitat. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony on Friday, UNICEF Turkey representative Dr Ayman Abulaban described the programme as “very exciting and very important”.

“We are very proud of this partnership,” he went on, “Youth empowerment is becoming more and more a focus of UNICEF’s work; we see it as an investment in the future.” 

Dr Abulaban also referred to the fact that a number of the participants in the training programme came from countries where youth have recently played an important role in bringing about political change.

“Youth and young people have important missions in all fields,” said Selsebil Nairi, a young lawyer from Tunisia. “My expectation from this week is to learn leadership skills and develop international relations in a climate of productivity and respect.”

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