A key part of the GLOBSEC success story is the fact that it grew out of a student project to become a major international forum. Youth engagement has always been an integral part of our work and we continuously look for ways to strengthen that element. In 2013, the first GLOBSEC Young Leaders Forum took place on the sidelines of the annual GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum. It provided young professionals with an opportunity to discuss current challenges in international affairs, improve policymaking skills and network with distinguished leaders and experts. The only well-established forum of its kind in Central Europe, GYLF has since grown to become one of the most prestigious meetings of young professionals and decision-makers in the world. In 2018, the GLOBSEC Tatra Summit welcomed its first cohort of the Tatra Summit Young Professionals programme.
GLOBSEC Young Leaders Forum enables young professionals to participate in formal and informal discussions with high-profile politicians, decision-makers, thought leaders and think-thankers. Participants also get to formulate strategic policy proposals and suggest plans for action through working groups focused on key issues discussed at the Forum. Over the course of its 7 editions, GYLF has welcomed over 200 participants from 50 countries and from 140 leading institutions in the realm of politics, business and the non-governmental sector. Previous policy recommendations include the GYLF 2019 short policy response to the 2018 NATO Secretary General’s Annual Report and TSYP 2019 analysis of Ursula von der Leyen’s manifesto ‘A Union that Strives for More.’
For the first time since its creation, the GLOBSEC Young Leaders Programme had a year’s break due to the Covid19. Having waited a year for their opportunity to discuss the most pressing issues with global leaders, we will be delighted to welcome last year’s cohort in waiting to Bratislava, and they will be contacted by our team with more details very soon.
For all those of you interested in participating in the GYLF programme, rest assured that there will be an opportunity to join the open call for the Forum in 2022. Stay tuned!
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