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International Discussion Forum 2010 - Forum international de discussion (FID) 2010

Three thematic meetings were held in a multicultural atmosphere on 7, 14 and March 21, 2010 in Montreal, Canada. Young people aged 20 to 30 years of various nationalities were invited to discuss issues that concern the youth around the world. The goal was to come out with proposals that reflect the needs of young people whatever their origins, their organizations or their interests. The project coincides with the year 2010, which was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as the International Year of Youth. Several national and international events are taking place to celebrate this event. This debate was designed to discuss the horizons for a better future and especially to convey the voice of youth and communicate their interests, and the Secretariat was invited to preside the closing ceremony. The concerns of young people from around the world will be transcribed and made available for discussion in the International Pact for Youth which will be drafted after the forthcoming UN summit to be held in 2010.

Click here to read the statement by Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, at the occasion of the International Discussion Forum 2010 (French).

Second International Youth Symposium for Biodiversity - July 2009

The Second International Youth Symposium for Biodiversity is being planned for Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on July 5-9, 2009.

This initiative has been welcomed by Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Montreal-based Convention on Biological Diversity, who stated that “Young people have a central place as bearers of tomorrow’s solutions. Their engagement is essential if we are to reduce the loss of biodiversity and ensure the future of life on Earth.” We are contributing to the United Nations 2010 Biodiversity Target.

The Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity committed themselves to the 2010 Biodiversity Target. This target is to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth.

The purpose of our symposium was to invite students (Grade 6 to 12) from around the world to submit biodiversity project proposals to attend. The focus of the symposium was:
  • to welcome students from around the world, and to celebrate the work they are doing at home regarding local biodiversity efforts.
  • to experience Canadian biodiversity with a Bio-Blitz (A Biological Survey with local scientists and naturalists)
  • to develop methods to implement the Global Youth's Accord for Biodiversity that was created by nine (9) nations during the First Youth Symposium in Mexico in 2005.

For more information, visit www.biodiversitymatters.org

Youth Conferences During COP

There were several children and youth events running parallel to the official COP-MOP(1) meetings and events in Bonn Germany. Here's a taste of what happened:

  • Three hundred young activists, aged between ten and eighteen years old, attended the Kids for Earth Ancient Forests Festival in Bonn on 19 May. The highlight of this event was a meeting between conference delegates and youth activists in the lunchbreak of the first day of COP9. It was held on the main stage of the CBD campus.

    This event provided our young forest and climate activists with the opportunity to present their banners and a song to political decision makers from all over the world - and to address their hopes, wishes and demands to those with the responsibility for the well-being of future generations as well as the power to make a change.

  • The Go4BioDiv youth summit brought together 50 youths ages 18-25 from around the world. The summit had two parts: a 10-day wilderness camp in Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald (16-25 May) and 5-day conference in Bonn (26-30 May). Download the information brochure.

    Go4BioDiv was the official German youth event organised by the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit" (GTZ) GmbH, on behalf of the Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

  • Over seventy passionate young environmentalists from from Europe, Africa, South America and Central Asia for the Biodiversity on the Edge (COP9) international youth conference. The event was held 13-19 May in Bonn. There were diverse biodiversity-themed workshops, inter-cultural evenings and excursions into Bonn and its surroundings, among other things.

    The conference was co-organised by the German Youth Association for the Protection of Nature (NAJU) and Youth and Environment Europe (YEE).


(1) COP=The Convention of the Parties is an international meeting focused on the Convention on Biological Diversity. MOP=Meeting of the Parties is an international meeting focused on biosafety issues outlined in the Cartegena Protocol.

Competitions

UNICEF: Supports award for children promoting children's rights
UNICEF is supporting the presentation of the 2008 Alexander Bodini Charitable Foundation Children's Awards, which will honour two child-led organizations that have successfully and meaningfully contributed to creating A World Fit for Children. The awards will include a financial grant for two finalists and be presented at a New York City event to be held in February 2009. The Minister for Foreign and Political Affairs and Economic Planning of the Republic of San Marino (with functions of Prime Minister) will be attending. In providing these awards, the Foundation seeks to promote them as role models for other children and young people around the world. The deadline for submissions of nominations is 17 November. The final selection and announcement of the awards will be on 1 December. More information.

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme