Sommaire: On Tuesday, 15 November 2011, the European Union Delegation will co-sponsor a side-event on Mobilizing Youth for a successful Rio+20 from 13:15 to 14:30 in Conference Room 1 - North Lawn Building at UN Headquarters in New York.
Mobilizing Youth for a successful Rio+20
Tuesday Nov. 15, 2011 - 13:15 to 14:30
Conference Room 1 - North Lawn Building
United Nations, New York
"Next June, the United Nations will gather in Rio for one of the most important meetings in its history. Young people can and must play a central role in bringing dynamic new ideas, fresh thinking and energy to the Rio+20 process. We should all work to engage them and ensure that their voices are heard." UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon
They have held meetings in Beijing, Singapore, Bangalore, Nairobi, Abuja, Kumasi - Izola, Bonn, Brussels, London, Cordoba (Argentina), New York and Rio de Janeiro itself: now the 20 young leaders of the Road to Rio+20 project come together at the UN in New York to make their final presentation to UN Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro and Ioannis Vrailas, EU Deputy Head of Mission and other senior UN DESA staff.
Come meet these young leaders as they forge a path towards the UN Summit, which they know must deliver guidelines for, and commitments to, changes that have to happen in their lifetimes. Come hear how the UN and the European Commission plan to support their involvement in this, the only Heads of State Summit on the current UN calendar. And come to hear what the young leaders have planned to mobilise their governments and elders to rise to the challenge that the Rio+20 summit lays before all of us - the media in particular.
"Everywhere, youth are assaulted by bad news: economic crisis, jobs crisis, energy crisis, food crisis, climate crisis… I am involved in the Road to Rio+20 because I feel that, somewhere in the transition from the Brown to the Green Economy - a solution can be found to all these crises…" Nicolo Wojewoda, Director, Peace Child Intl's Road to Rio+20
The Road to Rio+20 is funded by the Youth Division of the European Commission, whose mission to the UN is hosting this event on Tuesday.
Following the UN Event, the young leaders will go to City Hall, New York, to deliver an invitation to Mayor Bloomberg to attend the Rio+20 Summit and support youth positions.
The Road to Rio+20 Leaders who will be attending:
Nicolo Wojewoda (Italy - Director, Road to Rio+20 Project); Livia Achcar and Jessica Sabat (Brasil); Sonia Priesser (Mexico); Marina Mansilla Herman and Alfredo Redondo (Argentina); Michael Boampong (Ghana); Zhang Wenje and Yitin (China); Abhishek Thakore and Ravi Theja Mutha (India); Ingunn Aanes (Norway); Jan Peloza (Slovenia); Stacey Griffin (The Netherlands); Liam Doherty and Sonya Silva (Canada); Molly Delano, Tara de Porte, Brittany Arboleda, Ruth Denis, Stephanie Woodward (USA); David Woollcombe (UK - President, Peace Child International)
Promise: To bring 'dynamic new ideas, fresh thinking and energy to the Rio+20 process'
"Peace Child International published the youth edition of the original Rio Agenda 21 - one of the finest documents ever published by the UN. To mark the 20th Anniversary of that publication, we feel an even more compelling need, now, to wake young people up to the challenge that awaits them in their lives: planning a rapid transition from the Brown to the Green economy to avoid climate catastrophe and achieve job-creating, sustainable growth that delivers prosperity for all." David R. Woollcombe, President, Peace Child International