Special News and Events
Youth at UNFCCC COP 26
Among other activities, representatives of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network and other youth participated in the event “Restoring Balance with Nature: Dialogue on Youth Contributions to the Rio Conventions” held from 11:00 to 12:30 on 5 November (Youth Day) at the Global Environment Facility and Rio Convention Pavilion of the COP 26 venue in Glasgow. Watch the session here
Youth at CBD COP 15 part 1
Youth actively participated in the first part of the UN Biodiversity Conference
, which was held virtually from 11 to 15 October 2021. Read more
about their engagement in the meetings!
Youth will also be active participants in the the second part of the UN Biodiversity Conference, which will reconvene in face-to-face meetings in Kunming, China from 25 April to 8 May 2022.
Global Youth Biodiversity Network
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Youth and COVID 19
On 22 April 2020, 50 members of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (UN IANYD) released a joint statement calling for:
- partnering, safely and effectively, with young people during and after the COVID-19 crisis
- recognizing young people’s own actions and their potential to advance the fight against the pandemic
- understanding the specific impacts the pandemic has and will have on young people
The statement notably reminds us that young people are already leveraging their strengths to develop and implement solutions to the COVID-19 and related challenges including climate change and biodiversity loss.
Read the joint statement here
Youth, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development Goals
At the occasion of the High Level Event of the President of the General Assembly in September 2014, Debora, 23 years old, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, delivered a statement on the need to take planet boundaries into account in defining the Sustainable Development Goals :
"Young People’s rights are not just about education and employment. And neither are the planet’s resources infinite... >>