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Commonwealth youth leadership challenge

The Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are jointly hosting 33Fifty this summer, the Commonwealth youth leadership programme.

33Fifty is a Legacy 2014 education programme that will run 17-20 July, immediately before the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Over four days 100 people aged 18-25 will tackle the challenge, "What role does the youth of the Commonwealth need to play in progress toward low-carbon economies?"

They will visit organisations and meet experts in the field to explore the issue, before presenting their responses to Commonwealth leaders gathered for the Games.

The programme was launched at the University in November 2013. The Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh will both provide accommodation and venue space for the programme.

Future decision-makers

33Fifty's name refers to the fact that 33 per cent of the world’s population lives in the Commonwealth and 50 per cent of those are aged 25 and under.

Of the 100 young people selected for the challenge, one-third will be Scottish, one-third will be non-UK Commonwealth nationals living in the UK, and one-third will travel to Scotland from Commonwealth nations.

Students and younger University staff are able to apply, and there are opportunities to sponsor participants. Applicants must be Commonwealth citizens aged 18-25 on 17 July. Applications close on 16 March.

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