International Gold Event

The International Gold Event (IGE) is a global leadership programme for the future generation of decision makers and influencers who will help to shape and deliver the Award worldwide. 

IGE 2017 Czech Republic: Experience. Influence. Lead

In November 2015, as accepted by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Association International Council, the Czech Republic supported by the Award in Slovakia, successfully bid to host the IGE 2017. The IGE 2017 marked the first time that two countries have worked together to stage the event.

The 15th IGE, celebrating 50 years of the IGE, took place in Czech Republic 25-30 October 2017, with the theme ‘Engaging a younger generation in our sustainable future'. Eight Emerging Leader Representatives from EMAS, APR, Americas and Africa were elected to stand on the International Council (IC) during the event. 

The below film gives a wonderful snapshot into the event.

You can also read more about the 15th IGE using the link below:

History of the IGE

In 1967, Canada hosted what it called a Commonwealth Gold Expedition. The idea was to provide the opportunity for Gold Award holders from a variety of countries to meet each other and volunteer in leadership camps as well as complete an expedition. The success of that first event, and the enthusiasm of its alumni that others should benefit from the experience, led to additional events being organised. Over time, these have evolved from an expedition for participants to something quite different – an opportunity to bring together the immediate next generation of key decision makers and influencers within the worldwide Award family, to equip them to undertake ongoing leadership roles regionally, nationally and globally.


The next IGE will take place in 2020. The location will be decided at the Forum in Ghana in 2018.