Participation in the CO Academy of Nele De Roos

It all started with a dream 2 years ago at the EC in Riga. Why not organize a European Conference in Bruges. Together with Jonas Maes I then approached the necessary people so that our dream was turned into an idea. An idea that grew into a small team, with which we gave a presentation at the EC in Lyon about how we see the European Conference in Bruges in 2022. From a dream we worked on an idea, which has now grown into a concrete plan.
But how does it go now? Numerous major events are organized within the major JCI families every year, and several years ago it was decided to combine these experiences and share them with Jaycees with dreams and plans like us with EC Bruges. I therefore have no doubt that I would very much like to participate in the CO Academy in Estonia in early March 2020.
I can’t say anything about this week’s content, because just like other major JCI Academies, the CO Academy is one of the best kept secrets. In a small group with 15 Jaycees from all over Europe, we arrived in Estonia on Monday March 6. 15 Jaycees who barely know each other, but each with a dream. One wants to organize a National Congress, the other a European Presidents Meeting, and so I sat there with my dream to organize the EC within 2 years in Bruges.
During these 5 days, something special emerged, because 15 Jaycees who did not know each other are connected to the CO Academy Participants 2020, a close group of friends who have literally shared blood, sweat and tears for 5 days.
The schedule for the week was well-filled with interesting trainers, each sharing their experience within a specific domain of Congress / Conference organization. We talked about partnerships, marketing, logistics, teamwork, … One by one trainers came to speak from their hearts, you could feel the experiences they shared again.
In the middle of the week, something happened for which 2020 will be in the history books forever: Corona broke through in Europe. Suddenly it was reported that certain countries were locked, certain countries closed their airspace, companies were closed, … Despite the limited internet network in the distant forests of Estonia, the sad news also came to us. 15 Jaycees and a few trainers together at Academy, each with their story and fear of how Corona would affect everyone’s business, family, health … Saturday, March 14, everyone returned home, with mixed feelings. Because not only were we that week in the safest (Corona-free) place in Europe in the distant forests of Estonia together to share wonderful experiences and to make dreams concrete for the future, but everyone was secretly looking forward to a safe home to get to family and friends.
I can only recommend people with a similar dream to definitely participate in the CO Academy in the future. You will get a wealth of information and friends for life!

2018 JCI Global Partnership Summit Resolution – A Commitment of Young People to Advance Gender Equality

Human rights are essential to sustainable development. To ensure these rights for all people, we must safeguard dignity, equality, fairness, respect and independence, regardless of one’s identity. Access and opportunities empower individuals to be part of the solutions that will end poverty, ensure prosperity and achieve everlasting world peace.

Gender equality and empowering women and girls are essential to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Law and policy alone will not be sufficient; change will be driven by shifts in understanding, perception and mindset of individuals across the globe.

It is the duty of all citizens—not any gender alone—to take extraordinary steps toward gender equality. By working with stakeholders from all sectors of society—business, government and civil society—citizens can combat the cultural norms and traditions that fortify gender inequality. Progressive in spirit and open-minded in attitude, young people are uniquely positioned to successfully lead this effort. From advocating for equity to educating citizens and stakeholders, young people can inspire action that challenges the status quo.

In this spirit, we, the delegates of the 2018 JCI Global Partnership Summit, commit to the following actions:
1. Organize 100 forums with policy makers to advocate for and educate about Global Goal #5: Gender Equality to close gaps in data and policy that perpetuate gender inequality.
2. Encourage individuals to challenge discrimination when they see it, whether in person or in the media, by using the hashtag #SeeSomethingSaySomething to reach 1,000,000 people.
3. Advocate for the inclusion of gender equality as a strategic priority for the organization’s culture in the 2019–2023 JCI Strategic Plan.
4. Train 5,000 young people to be champions for gender equality who educate other citizens on Global Goal #5: Gender Equality.
5. Empower 1,000 men to be the strongest advocates for gender equality by pledging to take action toward Global Goal #5: Gender Equality.
6. Reach 50,000 children under the age of 15 using the World’s Largest Lesson materials for Global Goal #5: Gender Equality to educate the next generation of young people on the values of gender equality.
7. Harness the power of events to facilitate the exchange of culture and identity, and sharing of best practices to ensure gender equality across all sectors.
8. Call on the international leaders within JCI and global stakeholders such as the United Nations and International Chamber of Commerce to create a standard for ensuring gender equality in business.
9. Challenge culture and traditions that discriminate against women by showcasing 500 individuals who break stereotypes and gender norms to advance gender equality.

As young active citizens, we accept the responsibility to actively reduce inequalities and create gender equality in order to advance the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and we commit to take these actions by December 31, 2019.


Kofi Annan announced as keynote speaker for the World Congress 2017

During the European Conference in Basel end of May 2017, JCI The Netherlands proudly announced that Kofi Annan as a keynote speaker at the world congress in Amsterdam in November 2017.

Kofi Atta Annan (born 8 April 1938) is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.[2] He is the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela.  JCI and U.N. have been partners for many years now,  you can read more about that here. You may also know that Kofi Annan was a JCI member.

JCI The Netherlands did a fantastic job in getting Kofi Annan as a keynote speaker. It doesn’t happen every day that we get such a world famous speaker at a congress, so we encourage you to register for the world congres in 2017 if you haven’t already, and to attend the keynote from Kofi Annan. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

Kofi Annan will give a keynote speach during the JCI World Congress 2017 in Amsterdam

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