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A programme to develop future leaders from Scotland and the Commonwealth has been launched.

33Fifty, a key Legacy 2014 programme, was officially launched in Edinburgh by Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport.

The programme will offer 100 people, aged between 18 -- 25 years, who demonstrate the skills and aptitude to make a difference to the Commonwealth and its citizens, a world class development opportunity during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. 33Fifty is so named because 33% of the world's population lives in the Commonwealth and 50% of those are under 25.

At the launch, the Minister spoke about why the 33Fifty will contribute to the global legacy of the Commonwealth Games. Guests at the event included senior executives of international organisations, Youth Legacy Ambassadors and Commonwealth representatives.

Over four days in Glasgow and Edinburgh the participants will tackle the challenge "What role does the youth of the Commonwealth need to play in progress toward low-carbon economies?" The programme will see participants present their reports to Commonwealth Sports Ministers, International Development Ministers or Heads of State who will be gathered for the Commonwealth Games.

33Fifty will form part of the educational programme which runs parallel to the Games. It will be delivered by the Royal Commonwealth Society and Common Purpose, with half of the overall funding provided by the Scottish Government and further sponsorship currently provided by The Weir Group PLC and De La Rue PLC. The University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh are the host partners of 33Fifty and will provide accommodation and venue space for the programme.

Applications for 33Fifty are open until 16 March 2014 and 100 participants will be chosen from across the Commonwealth. 33Fifty will form part of the official programme of cultural and educational events which runs parallel to the Games.

For more information and to apply, visit