23rd International Youth Leadership Conference Prague, Czech Republic January 8th-13th, 2012 (IYLC Prague)

Venue: Prague

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Event Date/Time: Jan 08, 2012 End Date/Time: Jan 13, 2012
Early Registration Date: Sep 15, 2011
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Description

The International Youth Leadership Conference is a weeklong forum on world politics, international relations, law, media, business and global economy.
We started the IYLC in 2000 in Prague and since its inception, the conference has touched the lives of nearly 2000 participants from a total of 120 countries and is considered by them an unparalleled learning experience. The theme of the conference is a "cross-cultural exchange of young ideas concerning the future of world leadership."
The IYLC practices students’ leadership skills and introduces them to international organizations that promote peace using the following inter-related events:

• A United Nations Security Council emergency meeting simulation
• A mock International Criminal Court pre-trial
• A model European Parliament proceeding
• Visits to Foreign Embassies, Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, PricewaterhouseCoopers
• Group Debates and Panel Discussion on international security, environmental sustainability, rule of law, responsible leadership and mass media
• Meetings and Banquet Dinners with leading experts, diplomats, politicians and businessmen

The main objective of the IYLC is to facilitate an exchange of ideas across an ethnically diverse and socially responsible group of young international leaders. The conference blends social interaction with cultural and educational components into one cohesive experience. Our organisation, Youth Leadership Europe, believes in the learning method of direct, hands-on experience. In our simulation activities, students have the opportunity to test their leadership skills, debate current issues, deliver speeches, draft resolutions, make executive decisions, and realize through experience the complexities of international relations.

By participating in simulations that recreate a United Nations Security Council crisis meeting, an International Criminal Court hearing, and a model European Parliament session, students begin to understand international relations and relationships through practice as opposed to theory (as taught in their university curriculum). Their interaction provokes communication and dialogue that, throughout the week, provides an unparalleled learning experience and cross-cultural adventure.

With a wide range of nationalities participating in the conference, we stress cross-cultural understanding and an open-minded exchange of different national perspectives on global issues. Among the many events packed into the week, the IYLC recognizes communication, cooperation, and dialogue to be the most important aspect of the conference. The individuals that create the conference are each other's best resource in uncovering the similarities and differences between people from different backgrounds coming from diverse geographical locations. By bringing so many nationalities together, and exposing them to real world issues, we are strengthening relationships and cooperation between cultures and creating a network between the future leaders of the world.

IYLC student sponsors and alumni agree that the International Youth Leadership Conference is an excellent forum for young leaders to benefit from the experiential learning and cross-cultural exchange of ideas with like-minded students from around the world.

For more information, please visit our website at www.czechleadership.com

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