Several interesting youth events have been shared on bigmamma.net in the past few months. Here are a few highlights for you to consider from Tokyo to New York, from China to Ghana, selected on impact, outreach and connection with the Rio+20 movements. In chronological order, we present you the 12 must-attend youth events towards 2012: the Rio+20 Earth Summit.
13-15 July, 2011
The World Leadership Conference brings together youth from all over Asia Pacific to learn, voice out and take action to move towards a green sustainable future for Planet Earth. The conference reflects the highest ideals of ECO Singapore in bringing together motivated and proactive youth to focus on pertinent issues surrounding climate change and to develop leadership qualities which would best prepare the participants for Rio 20 Earth Summit.
July 22-24, 2011
The China International Youth summit is devoted to promoting youth promise and low carbon green development in China and the world. Since its debut at Tsinghua University in July, the summit was successfully held in Shanghai Expo in July 2010 under the special support of the United Nations environment program (UNEP). The upcoming third summit in will be held at the Yingjie Communication Center of Peking University.
New York, United States
August 3-5, 2011
The Youth Assembly is an annual gathering of hundreds of young people from around the world who seek practical ways to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by global networking and social entrepreneurship. The Youth Assembly is about showing how one person can make a difference by engaging with the challenges of the present and being an educated and active citizen.
August 10-12, 2011
The Youth Forum 2011 is being held in preparation of the upcoming COP 17 meeting in December 2011 and the Rio 20 Earth Summit in 2012. The Youth Forum offers a unique opportunity for students from across the Asia Pacific region to engage in the field of sustainability, climate change, and mountain development and in the efforts of finding local-specific solutions.
August 10-16, 2011
The West African Regional Meeting will focus on role of West African youth in efforts towards sustainable development, the Rio 20 Earth Summit process and the post 2015 development agenda. The key objective is to empower West African youth to claim ownership of their place in the preparatory process towards the Rio 20 Earth Summit.
August 11-16, 2011
The ESD Forum and International Youth Forum is a conference of international students and decision-makers convened by iuventum. The ESD Forum focuses on the links between economy, society and environment and is a contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD).
August 27 – September 10, 2011
The European Youth Congress is an an extension of the World Youth Congress and involves young people from all over Europe every other year. This year it will take place over one week in Izola, Slovenia. The focus of EYC 2011 will be on preparing for the Rio 20 Earth Summit next year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
September 1-4, 2011
One Young World’s purpose is to connect and bring together the youngest, brightest and best and to ensure that their concerns, opinions, and solutions are heard and taken into account by those in power, whether in government, business, or any other sector. If you would like to get the chance to meet Bob Geldof and Muhammad Yunus, this is your place to be.
September 6-10, 2011
Jakarta (tentative, place will be informed soon)
The Asia Pacific Youth Assembly aims to gather young people from Asia Pacific countries to discus and generate ideas for solutions to current environmental issues under the theme “Utilizing Young People to Act on the Environmental Issues Solution”. Participants will get mutual understanding about the environmental issues they are facing in their own countries.
September 15-16, 2011
The conference Act Now! Forests For Future will gather together 2000 – 3000 students and teachers from about 100 countries. The conference is the highlight of the Act Now activities in the ENO Programme, and will celebrate the International UN Year of Forests. NOTE: The application deadline is extended to July 31, 2011.
September 26-30, 2011
The Tunza International Children & Youth Conference on the Environment will bring together 1400 children and youth, to discuss their role and inputs to the upcoming Rio 20 Earth Summit. Organised by the United Nations Environment Programme, taking part in this conference is a very direct way to have your voice heard at the Earth Summit! The conference will also review the contribution of youth to the International UN Year of Forests and how everyone can adopt more environment-friendly lifestyles NOTE: The application deadline is extended to 22 July 2011!
September 28 – October 2, 2011
The conference Camino a Rio 20 aims to influence the outcome of the Rio 20 Earth Summit process, by ensuring strong youth participation both in the prior process and the summit itself. Camino a Rio 20 aims to inspire and mobilize young people to work towards sustainable development, by linking, amplifying and giving visibility to the initiatives that various organizations, youth groups and communities are pursuing under this theme.
07/07/2011 – 12:00