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Topic: Youth and Civic Engagement
Sara Svensson played a pivotal role in shaping the UNEP Major Group of Children and Youth, for which she was an elected coordinator in the years 2008-2013....
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Posted on 28/08/2015 02:04:19
Dear Ms. Sara,
Once again, congratulations for showing determination during the Ask UNEP sessions on April 07, 2009 and June 10, 2012 with regard to negotiations leading up to COP15 in Copenhagen and the Rio+20 in Rio de Janeiro respectively. Have you developed new strategies to ensure that your voices are heard during the ongoing climate change negotiations leading up to COP21 in Paris? Apparently, the websites you referred to during the last session, i.e., http://youthclimate.org/ and http://uncsdchildrenyouth.org are no longer accessible. Lastly, I would like to make your aware of the question that I posted to, was answered by Mr. Dean Cooper during a session on August 11, 2015 that appears under your name!
(from Tanzania (United Republic of))
Nice to hear from you again. Thank you for your previous questions as well as the new one.
COP21 in Paris is a crucial momentum and you can be sure that youth around the world are busy preparing for it. The listserv http://groups.google.com/group/unfccc_youth is used by the international youth climate movement as the main communication tool for matters related to youth participation in the official UNFCCC process and COP21 negotiations. Other youth-movement work on climate change is discussed here: http://groups.google.com/group/youthclimateinfo.
One of the activities leading up to COP21 is the Conference of Youth (COY11) that will be held in Paris on 26-28 November 2015: website - http://coy11.org/, facebook - https://www.facebook.com/COY11France?fref=ts. Simultaneous events will take place in other parts of the world for youth who cannot travel to Paris but still want to make their voices heard.
Once again the youth response to global climate negotiations will be strong. Young people truly care about issues that concern our entire planet, our own lives and future generations.
Posted on 28/08/2015 01:50:35
Is there any particularly mechanism to get benefit from your knowledge and expertise for the youth.
Since I handed over the coordination of the UNEP Major Group of Children & Youth to younger representatives in 2013, there is no longer an official mechanism in which I have a mandate to be a spokesperson for youth.
However, I will always be willing to share my experiences of youth engagement. The years I spent as a youth activist in the UN and beyond have taught me a lot that I'm sure can be useful for others. I will I keep doing what I can to inspire young people around the world to believe in their potential as positive change-makers and take action for a sustainable future.
UNEP can help you get in touch with me or with other active youth who are available to share knowledge and expertise. Find contact details to the secretariat on these websites and ask for their advice:
If you want to get in touch with me personally, you can try via the following channels:
All the best,
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