The Centre for International Governance Innovation

The Centre for International Governance Innovation

March 19, 2007 12:17 ET

CIGI Builds Awareness of Global Issues Among Youth

Building Blocks of Peace theme for third annual Global Youth Forum

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 19, 2007) - On March 29, one hundred local high school students from the Region of Waterloo will attend the third annual Global Youth Forum (GYF), a one day conference held at CIGI (the Centre for International Governance Innovation), a leading Canadian research centre focused on international relations and policy.

The purpose of the event, co-hosted by CIGI and the KW YMCA, is to expose students to global issues and present different ways they can become involved in "making the world a better place," both at home and abroad.

The theme for this year's event is "The Building Blocks of Peace." Students from the Waterloo Region who have demonstrated an interest in international issues have been selected by their teachers to attend the event.

John English, CIGI's Executive Director, says, "Part of CIGI's overall mandate is to build Canadian capacity to help shape and encourage discussion amongst today's youth about international relations. The Global Youth Forum is an annual event at CIGI, a tangible demonstration of our commitment to this goal".

By participating in interactive games, workshops and activities, students will develop an increased awareness and understanding of international issues. Workshops led by various international organizations will expose students to many of the ways they can become involved in global issues by discussing topics such as: technology, warfare, peace-building, environment, human rights and health.

The speakers for the day include Dr. Andrew F. Cooper, associate director and a distinguished fellow at CIGI, as well as speakers from Project Ploughshares, the Mennonite Central Committee, Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) and TakingITGlobal.

The students will have the opportunity to stay connected with other students who share their interest in global issues through the Global Youth Forum Community (

Sarah Loewen, International Supervisor, Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA comments, "If youth are to fully participate as engaged and valued members of civil society then we must commit ourselves to their sustained education and awareness of global issues. This is why the GYF online community is an essential tool that maximizes the learning potential for students."

Using its IGLOO™ technology, CIGI has created this online community to enable students and teachers to access related materials, participate in activities and continue to engage in discussions long after the conference is over.

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan think tank founded in 2002 that conducts research and advises on issues of international governance, focusing on international relations and economic policy research. CIGI builds ideas for global change through research, conferences and publications working with government leaders, public officials, civil society, academic researchers, post-secondary students, and opinion leaders. CIGI's IGLOO™ (International Governance Leaders and Organizations Online) is an online network that facilitates knowledge exchange between individuals and organizations studying, working or advising on global issues, a project financially supported by Ontario's Ministry of Research and Innovation. Visit or

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