Commonwealth Youth Index
In an inspiring move, the Commonwealth has developed its first index to monitor the development and empowerment of young people in its member countries. The Youth Development Index measures the status of young people, aged 15-29, in five key domains: education, health, employment, and civic and political participation. It will assist youth ministers and other policy-makers in identifying areas for investment to ensure young people fulfil their potential. – How are the youth of your country performing?
Find out more about the index at http://www.thecommonwealth.org/news/34580/34581/253057/060213ydi.htm
Aquafutures International Aquatic Conference
The Royal Life Saving Society Queensland branch will be hosting the Aquafutures International Aquatic Conference from 9 to 11 August 2013, at Sea World on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Aquafutures is a three day Conference that will bring together an eclectic range of industry leaders focusing on four key areas: Rescue, Programs, Facility Management and Water Quality Management.
Aquafutures will strive to set the standard for aquatic industry conferences when it is hosted at Sea World, which is a state of the art aquatic facility in its own right. It will assemble over five hundred (500) aquatic industry professionals to explore new and innovative ideas and to share their knowledge and skills in order to maximise the productivity, efficiency and safety of aquatic facilities locally and abroad.
The Conference will also focus on how the industry can meet the challenges it will face over the coming decades. The Conference Program is designed to motivate participants through ‘body, mind and business’.
40 Years of Youth Empowerment in the Commonwealth
The Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) is celebrating 40 years of championing young people’s engagement in decision-making and development.
Youth engagement is a key strategy of RLSS organisations, and is an asset to our development. RLSS is inspired by the work of the Commonwealth and look forward to continuing to develop our youth programs in partnership with other Commonwealth organisations.
For further information visit: http://www.thecommonwealth.org/news/34580/34581/252847/250113cypat40.htm
2013 Commonwealth Theme Announced – Opportunity through Enterprise
This year’s Commonwealth theme, to be launched on Commonwealth Day, encourages imagination, creativity, and a positive attitude to grasp the opportunity of our time –at home or with partners beyond our borders, says Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma.
In times of financial hardship this theme is particularly fitting, and is a reminder to RLSS Member Branches to seek innovative opportunities and maximise partnerships to achieve our drowning prevention aims.
For more information on the theme visit: http://www.thecommonwealth.org/news/34580/252710/220113cwdaytheme.htm
Radio Programme on Child Drowning
Some of you might have heard the BBC radio programme on child drowning, 'The Silent Epidemic' that was on the BBC Radio 4 on 4th January 2013. Unfortunately the BBC only keep programmes on their website for 7 days after transmission. If y...ou did miss it don’t worry it will be broadcast on the World Service during February. So far the information we have is that the first transmission will be on 12th February 2013 and the last transmission on 17th February 2013. It will be repeated between these dates and then go into an archive of free podcasts. If we receive more definite times of transmission we will post them on our Facebook page and website.
If you can’t wait till then you can also download the programme from AudioGO at the following link http://www.audiogo.com/uk/the-silent-epidemic-mike-hally-square-dog-radio-gid-1022162
Charter for the Commonwealth
Happy New Year to you all! We hope you had a safe and happy festive season.
At the end of 2012, the Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma and Commonwealth Chair-in-Office Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia announced the adoption of an historic Charter for the Commonwealth, as part of a wide-ranging package of reforms to the 54-member association.
The Charter brings together the values and aspirations which unite the Commonwealth - democracy, human rights and the rule of law - in a single, accessible document.
The Charter expresses the commitment of member states to the development of free and democratic societies and the promotion of peace and prosperity to improve the lives of all peoples of the Commonwealth. The Charter also acknowledges the role of civil society in supporting the goals and values of the Commonwealth
To view the Charter click here