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International Youth Day

12 August 2023, New York, United States of America


International Youth Day

12 August 2022, New York, United States of America

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Meet 3 Remarkable Young Activists Making Waves to Protect Our Oceans

We can learn a lot about how we’re treating the planet from the state of its oceans. Footage of mass coral bleaching caused by rising sea temperatures and images of an astonishing amount of plastic junk and debris collecting in vast masses out at sea serve as all-too-visible signs of environment ...

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Youth leaders call for vigilance on natural resources

Youth leaders have called on fellow Tanzanians to be vigilant of investments that target natural resources in the country.

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Young environmentalists ‘plant the future’ in Colombia’s Amazon

Felipe “Pipe” Henao is a young environmentalist from the small town of Calamar in southeastern Colombia. At the meeting point of the Amazon and Orinoco basins, it’s an area of abundant biodiversity and an important biological corridor to the Andes mountains.

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Coral crusaders: Costa Rica’s young divers learn to protect their seas

Iput fresh almond leaves in your underwater masks as anti-fogging – a way to avoid using chemicals. You can remove them once in the water, just before diving,” says Salim Vasquez, 14, pushing her dreadlocks away from her mask.

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Teen's fears over biodiversity crisis ahead of COP26

The countdown is on to the beginning of one of the most important summits of our lifetime. COP26, the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, takes place in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November.

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Gen Zero: Meet the next generation of climate campaigners - Izzy Warren

As we edge closer to the COP-26 climate conference next week, the environmental crisis can seem like a daunting beast to tackle head-on. Our Gen Zero climate activists break down their efforts to address different aspects of this pressing global issue: campaigning for cleaner air, involving BAME ...

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No Denying It episode 2: Edward Norton Introduces Nzambi Matee

In the second episode of the UN climate action podcast, No Denying It, actor Edward Norton introduces Nzambi Matee, a young Kenyan entrepreneur, who is rethinking how waste is managed and reused, with the aim of building a better society.

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Rwanda: Youth Urged to Join Fight Climate Change Crisis

Rwandan youth have been called upon to engage in more ecosystem restoration, in order to take the lead in the country's transformation journey.

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Caribbean youth needed to shift climate change discussion

There has been a call from youth across Caribbean for more young people to play an active role in addressing climate change. At the inaugural Caribbean Youth for Climate Action virtual conference on Saturday, climate change concerns under the theme Taking Action, Making A Difference were discussed.

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Empower, invest in young people

Yesterday, Uganda joined the rest of the world to celebrate International Youth Day. This year the day was observed under the theme, Transforming food systems: Youth innovation for human and planetary health.

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Pope expresses hope in young people on UN International Youth Day

Pope Francis has great faith in young people, whose youthful spirit, he says, can bring about a more just and equitable world, especially for the poor and needy. The Holy Father expressed his feelings in a tweet on Thursday, on the occasion of the United Nations International Youth Day.

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Nigeria: Reimagining the Nation's Future By Unlocking the Potential of Our Youth

The potential of our youth population must be considered a high priority in terms of actualizing our country's shared vision for economic growth and social prosperity. In August, we celebrate International Youth Day, a day set aside to recognize the potential of our Nation's youth as partners in ...


International Youth Day

12 August 2021, New York, United States of America

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I Grew Up in Extreme Poverty and It Silenced Me. Defending Our Planet Gave Me Back My Voice.

I believe that we are custodians of nature, and that it is our duty to protect it. Through my blog, which I started in February 2018, I do my best to promote awareness on sustainable living and wildlife conservation in Kenya. By participating in the various climate action-oriented innovations an ...

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Young Nepali activists protect pangolins

Four years ago, teenager Anish Magar saw a pangolin being killed close to his home in Yangshila, in the forested Chure Hills of eastern Nepal. He rushed to the office of KTK-BELT and Namuna Permaculture Learning Grounds (NPLG), demanding that they take action.

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Philippe Cousteau, Jr.'s EarthEcho International Calls On Youth Nationwide To Join The Fight Against Species Decline With The Second Annual OurEcho Challenge!

The stunning diversity of animal and plant life that covers our planet is essential to a prosperous and sustainable future. Our complex web of life is facing a myriad of threats that scientists report could result in the extinction of 1 million species, many in just decades. The magnitude of suc ...

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This Teenager Helped Launch Seed Libraries in Every State

During the pandemic, Alicia Serratos has spent countless hours assembling kits containing organic vegetable, herb and flower seeds, envelopes and plant markers to help communities establish seed libraries.

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China & African youth hold talks on biodiversity conservation initiatives

A group of young conservationists drawn from China and Africa came together once again in an information exchange program aimed at exploring innovative avenues to promote the conservation of biodiversity.

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How one young scientist is protecting fragile ecosystems in Canada's North

The 1990s were personally tough for me. I spent the decade immersed in action based on climate catastrophe science, trying, and by all accounts failing, to stem the tide. Hardest of all, death and dementia came to my family.

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Young Brazilians are increasingly keen on conservation- and biodiversity-related topics

Young Brazilians are increasingly interested in biodiversity, conservation of the Amazon and science as they begin high school, but school students in the North region are more interested in learning about these subjects, and about local fauna and flora, than their peers in the Southeast.

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Caribbean Youth To Tackle Ocean Health Issues

Every year, 11 million metric tons of plastic waste enter the ocean — on track to triple by 2040 without concerted global efforts to stop it. In the Caribbean specifically, native mangroves and coral reefs could help protect more than a quarter of the people at risk by serving as a buffer betwee ...


International Youth Day 2020

12 August 2020, New York, United States of America

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ASEAN Programme sends 2 youth leaders to biodiversity negotiations in Rome

Two youth leaders attended the second round of negotiations about the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in Rome, Italy as part of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) through the ASEAN Youth Biodiversity Programme (AYBP) efforts to empower the youth in conserving biodiversity.

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Liberia: Think Blue, Live Green! Youth Forum On Clean Oceans and Healthy Environment Takes Place in Marshall City

The Think Blue, Live Green awareness campaign for sustainable and clean communities proudly supported by the Embassy of Sweden Monrovia and organized by Miss Boss Lady (MBL) International got underway on the weekend of February 29, 2020 with a one-day youth forum in Marshall City, Margibi County.


Postponement of the 2020 Global Youth Biodiversity Summit in Miyazaki

Reference: SCBD/IMS/JMF/JBF/NP/CR/WS/IH/88601 (2020-023)
To: CBD National Focal Points, ABS Focal Points, Cartagena Protocol Focal Points and relevant organizations

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Seeds of hope: Young volunteers replant Tunisia forests

Around 40 young Tunisian volunteers gather on a bare hill in the central region of Siliana. Their weekend mission—revive a burned forest by planting Aleppo pine shoots.

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Meet the Climate Heroes Coming to Davos

This year’s World Economic Forum 2020 Annual Meeting will be more action-oriented than ever. Or, in the words of Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab, a “Do shop, not a talk shop.”

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Call for Applications: 2020 Global Youth Biodiversity Summit in Miyazaki

Reference: SCBD/IMS/JMF/JBF/NP/CR/WS/IH/88601 (2020-006)
To: CBD National Focal Points, ABS Focal Points, Cartagena Protocol Focal Points and relevant organizations

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Youth rising at COP25: They came, they protested, they negotiated

The recently-concluded climate change summit in Madrid, COP25, didn’t live up to its tagline of “Time for Action” for vulnerable nations, indigenous people and especially, the youth.

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We’re 12 and 14 and worried for our futures

If elections are about the most important issues, then why are we not talking about the ecological emergency currently facing our country? The world is facing cataclysmic biodiversity loss, but barely anyone is paying attention. Sure, there are a lot of conversations around climate change, but w ...

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Young girl in the United Arab Emirates adamant about creating a sustainable environment

Today’s youth are not sitting idle. All across the word, young people have been taking a stand and voicing their concerns about global issues, from gender equality to climate change. Similarly, youth in West Asia have become more and more engaged in activism and environmental mobilization.

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Youth shape future of U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration at Global Landscapes Forum

Water is a basic human right, said Autumn Peltier, a 15-year-old Indigenous activist from Canada in an address to the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) at the United Nations in New York.

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Youth gather in China to halt loss of global biodiversity and promote living in harmony with nature.

The 2019 Man and Biosphere (MAB) Youth Forum took place in the Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve, China, September 15-18, bringing together 176 young people from 82 countries, to discuss the urgent biodiversity crisis caused by climate change.

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China holds Man and the Biosphere Youth Forum on biodiversity

CHANGCHUN, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- UNESCO's 2019 Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Youth Forum kicked off on Sunday in the Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve, northeast China. About 270 young people from 90 countries participated in the forum themed "Committed to Biodiversity".

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Young leaders around the world to join the fight against plastic pollution

Nairobi/London, 7 September 2019 - More young people around the world will be able to join the fight against plastic pollution after the UK Government announced an extension of a global Scout and Girl Guides badge to create the next generation of international leaders to protect our ocean.

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Asean, EU empower youth leaders in conserving biodiversity

‘We have to empower the young ones and inculcate love for biodiversity among them. They will be the stewards of the environment in the future,” said Dr. Theresa Mundita Lim, Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) executive director.

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Earth Today | Youth Exposed To Environment Policy

is pressing ahead with efforts to give young people a say in The Government environmental policy while keeping them up to date on current and emergent issues.This is courtesy of the Youth Environment and Advocacy Programme (YEAP), which has visited its seventh school in two years and reached mor ...

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Teenager Lauren looks to support global conservation expedition

A TEENAGER is looking to raise £3,000 to fund her place on a conservation expedition to Borneo. Year 11 student, Lauren McAuley, 16, is part of a group of 17 students from University Technical College Portsmouth who has been selected to be part of a special scientific research team. The youngste ...


Internation Youth Day 2017: "Youth Building Peace"

12 August 2017, New York, United States of America


International Youth Day

12 August 2015, New York, United States of America

Side Event
COP 12

POSEIDON ARMY -Empowering Youth for Coastal Bio Diversity Management

How a youth volunteer can be improved to conserve the marine biodiversity and oceanic natural resources for any country by developing a National Strategy and Management Plan for Marine ecosystems conservation by introducing marine researches and conservation programs. Further it will build up e ...


International Youth Day

12 August 2014


International Youth Day

12 August 2013, Multiple Venues


International Day for Biological Diversity

22 - 23 May 2013, Multiple Venues

Side Event
COP 11

Marine Biodiversity and Ocean governance – The youth perspective

This event is designed to take place in the main conference setting (HICC) during the lunch break (13.15-14.45) of the Conference. Go4BioDiv is an International Youth Forum, aimed at providing a platform to the youth to voice their opinion on the issues related to biodiversity during CBD-COP as ...

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COP 11

Engaging children and youth for biodiversity: The Green Wave and the Hand Print - action towards sustainability

Increasing understanding and willingness of young people to act for biodiversity contributes to the first Aichi Biodiversity Target: “By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably”. The aim of this event is t ...

Side Event
COP 11

International Youth Initiatives for the Protection of Biodiversity

Young people all around the world take action to halt the loss of Biodiversity. This side event will present outstanding projects and the work of youth organizations on the local, national and international level in all regions of the world. Participants will have the chance to discuss with youn ...

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COP 11

Journey through Marine and Coastal Biodiversity – the Youth perspective

This event – street theatre and presentation of the Go4BioDiv Declaration - is designed to take place on the Main Stage of the fair on the HITEX compound during a very prominent time, preferably in the early afternoon and on another date than the Go4BioDiv panel discussion on livelihoods (Side e ...

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COP 11

The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) - building a global coalition among young people to halt the loss of Biodiversity!

This Side Event will introduce participants to the newly established Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) and will also provide a space to present and discuss the positions of youth organizations on the main issues of COP11 as well as the state of youth participation in the CBD, compared wit ...

Side Event
COP 11

Conserving biodiversity heritage sites for climate change adaptation: Role of Youth in linking cultural practices and future strategies

The sacred sites and the associated traditional knowledge may become indispensable when the communities try to find sustainable solutions for adapting to climate change. One of the most important stakeholder group in this process is the youth, who will witness the results of the present efforts. ...

Side Event
COP 11


Sharing and showcasing efforts and actions of Young India for Biodiversity.

Side Event
COP 11

Citizen Science: The Voice of Youth Connecting Science with Policy

Four young scientists will present innovative solutions and cross-cutting approaches to protect biodiversity. These researchers were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants as the winners of the SustainUS Citizen Science paper competition. Citizen Science is SustainUS's initiative ...

Side Event
COP 11

College Students UN on Biodiversity Conservation

Students from all over the country would be representing one country each they learn about Biodiversity conservation, access, benefit and sharing.

Side Event
COP 11


The BNHS will conduct the Conservation Education Symposium which will address following themes through three seminars; • Status of Environmental Studies in academic institutions with emphasis on inquiry/project method • Role of Nature Interpretation Centres/Nature Education Centres • Leadersh ...

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Naturally Healthy Children: mutual benefits for children and biodiversity from children’s contact with nature

There is increasing evidence showing that children in contact with nature are more focused and disciplined, that their sensitivity, reasoning and observational skills are sharper and their imagination is more stimulated. On the contrary, in the absence of regular contact with nature, optimal dev ...

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Sixteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 16) Montreal, 30 April - 5 May 2012

The purpose of our organization is mainly to improve the entrepreneurial skill of youths in the Southern Nation Nationality People Regional. Our participation on SBSTTA-16 would enhance creativity on improvement of usage of technology in our country.

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