15th IYMS

Online: United From Our Homes
July 31st – August 8th, 2020

About the Summit

In light of the current global crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Youth Media Summit has been forced to postpone until 2021 the two-week Summit that was scheduled to start in late July 2020 in Karlovac, Croatia. Instead, this year IYMS will host its first virtual Summit. We will organize online activities to connect our delegates and their issue groups, aiming for them to produce 7 short films in 7 issue groups. The online Summit will be shorter than usual – instead of 14 days, we are going to meet for several hours a day, for 8 consecutive days, August 1st to 8th, with an initial brief issue group meeting day on July 31st.

For this special online edition of IYMS, issue groups will be led by advisors accompanied by Youth Committee members and Croatian hosts who will be jointly responsible for organizing the group meetings. Most scheduled events like the Opening & Closing Ceremony as well as the Masterclasses will be bringing together as many delegates as possible at the same time – live, while the issue groups will be formed taking into account the delegates’ countries time zone frames. All 7 topics (issues) will highlight the role of media in sustainable development and peacebuilding with regard to health and the COVID-19 pandemic and will be informative. Since the whole world is aware of the problem ahead of us, it is our task to focus on setting a path for moving forward by responding to the recovery and resilience of communities around the globe.

Meetings will be taking place in Zoom groups, so make sure to install this software in order to be able to join our meetings and events: https://zoom.us/download

All information will be published on the following webpage (Padlet), which we will also be using to share content with each other during the Summit. You are welcome to contribute with your content under Delegate Introductions and Q&A! We will be adding more sections like these for you to share your content with us (e.g. our traditional Talent Show and Delegate Presentations). Specific information and instructions will be published at the same link: https://padlet.com/iyms/iyms2020

In the upcoming days before the Summit, you will be split into issue groups with delegates close to your time zone (Discrimination, Environment, Health, Poverty, Violence, Women’s Rights & Youth Empowerment). Bear in mind, we may not be able to take your issue wishes from your application form into account – but we are keeping those in mind for IYMS 2021.

Tentative event schedule can be found above on the link to Padlet.