Markhor Youth Leadership Conference

Markhor-the national animal of Pakistan is the emblem of pride and nobility. Being one of endangered species, it thrives on an extremely challenging life-cycle to survive. The grace with which the magnificent animal struggles to sustain at high altitudes, rugged mountains, harsh climate and food deficit inculcates in it resilience and adaptability. Quite similar are the absurd circumstances faced by Pakistani youth and so is their is their urge to survive. This is why Pakistan’s first wilderness based learning conference has been named “Markhor.”

Markhor is not just a typical youth conference; rather it is a whole new revolutionary experience that enables youth to contemplate the beauty of earth finding lifelong reserves of hidden strengths in them. A wilderness experience of 4 days on a mountain top at 9240 ft above sea level including camping, hiking, cooking, and surviving the most daring environmental conditions is a journey beyond description. The 4 days of simulated activity-based teaching, dividing diverse groups of youth into tribes, providing critical tasks and completing them together, helps prepare delegates for real life challenges and discover their solutions.

A series of projects, activities, debates, discussions and keynotes allows cross flow of ideas and aids in overcoming communication barriers, boost self confidence, sharpen mental capabilities and unleash the leadership potential within youth.

Markhor is going to give you a life-changing, ethereal experience, infusing better sense of self-realization and practically reshaping your ideology of life. It helps youth to acquire agility, strength and spirit under the supervision of highly excellent, internationally qualified trainers from various fields of life and profession altogether at the top of one of the most beautiful places of Pakistan sharing their experiences, stories and expertise and channelizing youth energy, helping them to rediscover fresh perspective of life, instilurge to survive. This is why Pakistan’s first wilderness based learning conference has been named “Markhor”.

Professionals, Celebrities, CEOs, Philanthropists and Outdoor experts.

The selection is done through:
1. MERIT – Selecting the best applicants (Self-awareness, sense of purpose motivation for social development, proven leadership potential and preparation to attend a wilderness program)
2. DIVERSITY – Cultural, ethnic, geographic, religious and social diversity.

Theme of Markhor 2017:
A journey of Lights and insights, self-awareness and self-actualization. This year we will go beyond the limits and reach higher altitudes also capturing the great Impact that will create and show it to the world via Cameras.

Delegates will discuss and highlight the deepest of our social and cultural challenges, relate them to personal, national and global issues and use their experience to devise solutions and develop the motivation for implementing their solutions in their communities post-Markhor.

IMPACT Model for Markhor 2016
I: Idea
M: Models
P: Persona
A: Align
C: Capacity
T: Thrive
(More details will be out soon.)

Emotional Moments, Lifelong lessons, limit-testing-survival in wilderness, Keynote sessions, wilderness projects, laughter, deep diving within, facilitated learning, adrenaline rush, team work, brainstorming and debate.

Youth aged 17-25 who have not entered professional life.

With over 349 youth impacted via Markhor, the energy is yet to be exploited. Markhor 2017 is back with a new location, theme and design. More markhors, food and intensity yet to be foreseen. Join us on a journey that will be unique both in thought and perception. So don’t wait and get yourself regsitered via the link below:

Questions, comments? CONTACT:
Ahmed AbdurRahman


2017 Germany Summit

Take the Opportunity to Represent Turkey as Delegate in Y20 Germany 2017 Summit and Determine the Agenda of the World Leaders!

As Youth Commision for Diplomacy and Collaboration (YCDC), we are glad to announce that applications for Y20 Germany 2017 Summit is now opened. If you would like to be one of the delegates representing Turkey in Y20 Germany Summit and determine agenda of the world leaders, fill in the delegate application form below to apply. Last day for the first step of the application is 23:59 (GMT+3) February 5, 2017.

Y20 Germany Summit will take place between June 2-8, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

Application form:

Requirements for Being Part of Turkish Delegation to Y20 Germany

  • Being Turkish citizen
  • Being aged between 18-30
  • Fluency in English and Turkish both written and spoken

What is Y20?

The Y20 (short for “Youth 20”) is linked with and has an inherent relationship with the G20. It is aimed at providing an institutionalized high-end dialog platform for young people from across the G20 countries. It encourages them to pay close attention to the most pressing global problems, to exchange, collide, fully negotiate and finally reach consensus as future leaders.

The first official Y20 conference was held in 2010. Afterwards, every year the rotating presidency of the G20 shoulders the responsibility for hosting the Y20. The previous five meetings were held in Canada, the US, Russia, Australia and Turkey. With the gradual perfection of its processes and the expansion of its functions, the Y20 has become widely acknowledged as the highest level and most influential international diplomatic conference for young people. Up to now, over 600 outstanding young people have taken part in this conference.

The Y20 is usually held before the G20, and its participants include the delegations (each made up by five young people from a member state of the G20) and observers from other countries or international organizations. During the summit, young people from different countries exchange ideas, carry out tense multilateral consultations, and eventually come to a fair, creative and representative solution. The final product will be submitted to the national leaders attending the G20 meeting that year in the form of a report or bulletin, to communicate young people’s attitudes and suggestions about human beings’ common future.

Every young person represents his (or her) country as well as looking forward to the world’s future in the Y20. Knowledge, experience, dreams, and passion will all be channeled into awareness of responsibility and consciousness of shouldering the future of the world. Through taking a larger responsibility, young people will definitely make their voices more clearly heard in the world.

What is YCDC?

YCDC aims to serve as a medium for young people to take part in civil society by bringing them together to discuss domestic and international issues. YCDC hopes to foster and voice the youth’s ideas and opinions through various forums and ultimately make a positive contribution to society.

YCDC wants young Turks to host and be represented at various domestic and international forums, summits, contests etc. We want to provide information on these types of events, firstly, to ensure the youth are represented and secondly, because they are important for developing well-rounded young people.


Y20 Simulation 2017 Istanbul

The Istanbul Simulation, which was organized as the last stage of the selection process for delegates to represent Turkey at the Y20 Germany Summit, took place with the participation of 15 candidates on 29-30 April.