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On the 7th June, the Brazilian days of the Youth Blast began. It was amazing to see the energy, hear the ideas and share in the passion of the Brazilian youth as they prepared their national youth positions on Sustainable Development. It was also really great to hear how many are also coming to the International days to shape the global policy....if you are in Rio from the 7 to the 12th June you should be here too! 

Welcome to the Youth Blast - Conference of Youth for Rio+20!

Youth Blast – Conference of Youth for Rio+20 is the official UNCSD Major Group for Children and Youth is a preparatory event for all children and youth who will be attending the Rio+20 Conference. The Youth Blast will be held in SulAmerica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 7-12 June 2012. The event will be divided into two sections; Brazilian Days (7-8 June) aimed at supporting and strengthening the host country youth movement, and International Days (10-12 June) aimed at bringing together Brazilian and International Youth to prepare for Rio+20. For inmmediate media inquiries contact contact Ionara (Portuguese) ionarasilva@gmail.com or on (55) 61 98 15 20 87 or Kyle (English)


Aims and structure of the Youth Blast

The overall aim of the Youth Blast is to empower young people to effectively participate through the MGCY in its engagement with Rio+20 and its processes. Within this, there are three areas of focus:

  • Build capacity amongst young people to effectively participate in the formal and informal processes
  • Strategise for MGCY engagement in the official process
  • Plan for a post-Rio+20 agenda that incorporates the implementation of the outcomes

The Youth Blast is creating a platform for young people to share experiences and solutions related to sustainable development issues and forms of participation in decision-making at the international level. Specifically, the Youth Blast is fostering an energetic environment that hopes to contribute to:

  • Building partnerships among young people by providing a space for networking, ideas and experiences exchange
  • Developing an international knowledge base by collecting and identifying information on activities, initiatives and best practices that can be included in a publication on youth activism beyond Rio+20
  • Strengthen the MGCY constituency through developing and disseminating training materials and advocacy tools to ensure positive follow-up to Rio+20

These broader aims will be achieved through a general structure for the event. While the specific programme remains to be detailed, this structure will include:

  • A main plenary session for all participants to provide vital information relevant to all
  • A series of breakout groups that will focus on a range of topics, enabling young people to engage in a variety of activities according to different areas of interest and expertise
  • Other activities including debates, exhibitions, cultural activities and youth activism events.

The programme of the meetings will strive to uphold a holistic approach to the themes and objectives of Rio+20.

If you would like to get involved in the organisation of the Youth Blast, send an email to uncsdmgcy@gmail.com


Participants

The Youth Blast is aimed at young people from Brazil and around the world. Participation of more than 1000 young people for the Brazilian days, and 2000 young people for the international days, is anticipated on a daily basis. UN staff and official government participation during both Brazilian and International Days will be strongly encouraged and experts on relevant themes for the Youth Blast will be invited.


Post-Rio+20 Focus and Support for Global South

A key element of the Youth Blast will be to strategize for post-Rio+20 follow up, linked to the post-2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Space will be provided where different opportunities, such as conferences and follow up activities, can be discussed. Discussions will be held regarding the mechanisms that need to be in place to allow for follow-up on emerging issues, and to ensure the continued participation of young people in the sustainability discussions, particularly those from the Global South.
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Key elements of this discussion will include:

  • Series of capacity building sessions for implementation of the outcomes of Rio+20 and previous summits
  • Popularisation of the outcomes of Rio+20
  • Transfer of international to national
  • On-going support, collaboration and partnership for youth involvement

Come to the Youth Blast!

Please just come to SulAmerica. Everyone is welcome. The event is free and to register just walk upto the desk and fill in a short form with your name, email and address. There is a seperate section for press to register as well. 

This event does NOT need registration. EVERYONE under 30 in Rio is welcome.

 

The programme is below!

RIO+20 YOUTH BLAST

Programme Overview – International Days

 

 

Sunday 10 June

 

8:00-10:00

Breakfast and registration

10:00-12:00

Opening Ceremony

See page 2

12:00-13:00

Orientation Sessions

Same content for everyone. English, Portuguese, French, Spanish.

13:00-14:30

Lunch

14:30-16:00

Elective Sessions  - A

See page 3

16:00-16:45

Break

16:45-18:15

Elective Sessions - B

See page 4

 

 

 

Monday 11 June

 

8:00-9:00

Breakfast and registration

9:00-10:30

Morning Plenary

See page 2

10:30-11:30

Break

11:30-13:00

Elective Sessions - C

See page 5

13:00-14:30

Lunch

14:30-16:00

Elective Sessions - D

See page 6                                       

16:00-16:45

Break

16:45-18:15

Elective Sessions - E

See page 7

 

 

 

Tuesday 12 June

 

8:00-9:00

Breakfast and registration

9:00-10:45

Morning Plenary

See page 2

10:45-11:30

Break

11:30-13:00

Elective Sessions - F

See page 8

13:00-14:30

Lunch

14:30-16:00

Elective Sessions - G

See page 9

16:00-16:45

Break

16:45-19:00

Closing Plenary

See page 2

RIO+20 YOUTH BLAST

Plenary Sessions – International Days

 

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10 June

10:00-11:30

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Opening Ceremony:

Introduction to the Youth Blast

 

A welcoming ceremony to the Youth Blast. We will be looking at the history of how we got to Rio+20, listen to key note speeches by inspirational young people, get an overview of what to expect, and an injection of Brazilian culture.

 

 

 

11 June

9:00-10:30

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Morning Plenary:

Everything you need to know about Rio+20

 

An overview of the key information that young people need in order to take part in Rio+20. We’ll hear from important people in the process, including young people who have been instrumental in getting us to where we are as a Major Group of Children and Youth.

 

 

 

12 June

9:00-10:45

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Morning Plenary:

Building a just youth movement

 

Featuring inspiring speakers from across generations, we will look at issues of intergenerational justice and how we as young people can work to ensure that we are living ‘the future we want’ now.

 

 

 

12 June

16:45-19:00

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Closing Plenary

 

Our closing plenary will be a celebration of everything that we have achieved at the Youth Blast, and an opportunity to look forward at Rio+20. Featuring inspiring young people and Brazilian culture, we will finish the event in style.

 


 

Elective Sessions - A:

Sunday 10 June 14:30-16:00

 

Core Session

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MGCY Policy and Engagement in the Process to Date

Overview of MGCY contributions to the Rio+20 negotiating text. Key highlights from CSD-19 to Rio+20 and the impact we have had on the negotiations.

Art Space

Colour Your Life

Painting banners for ecological child rights.

Room:

1

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MGCY Objectives Taskforce

Introduction to the lobby points by MGCY related to the official Rio+20 objectives.

2

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From Passion to Action

Engage in meaningful discussions and learn the fundamentals of leadership. Capitalizing on individual strengths, social media, accessing resources, and social action planning.

3

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Intergenerational Integration in Sustainable Development

This workshop starts with a presentation of five animated characters, ‘Eco Boys and Girls™’ who promote environmental stewardship towards the planet and each other. This is followed by a panel of 4 youth sharing some good practices of sustainable development activities in their home countries.

4

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Finding Sustainability in Universities

Hundreds of thousands of universities in the world produce large amounts of carbon emissions. What are universities doing to cut their carbon emissions, and what more can be done? The talk will include a power point on what obstacles schools face and how to address them. Speakers will provide examples on universities that have been successful and the steps they took to get there.

5

Rio+YOU

How mobilize youth to achieve sustainable development? Tools for engaging interest in times of information overload, moving beyond the circles of NGOs and the already involved youth, and raising awareness about sustainable development amongst the general population.

6

Getting the Media to Cover Youth

Come to this session to get the tools for reaching out to media through different channels, and get them to convey our messages the way we want them to be presented. Media skills will be useful during Rio+20 and beyond.

7

What’s Sex Got to Do with It?

Introduction to issues of sexual and reproductive rights in the context of sustainable development, providing a history of policy and action on the issue in the 20 years since the Earth Summit. A space in which to discuss common misconceptions, myths on concerns about this issue in a small group setting.

8

Sustainable Development and Health

What are the linkages and how can youth work on this issue?

9

Becoming the Change - Intro to Action and Movement Strategy (continues until 18:15)

This workshop will introduce strategic thinking and tools to participants, going beyond thinking simply about actions and tactics, and looking at how social movements build power and win campaigns. We will look at the intersections of inside and outside strategies, creative actions and how we as youth can be a powerful force here in Rio and back at home building the future we need.

10

Award Ceremony for Brazilian Youth Blast Volunteers

Youth from Brazil who volunteered during #YouthBlastBrasil receive their certificates.

Room 11-16: Available for self-organised activities

     

 

Elective Sessions - B:

Sunday 10 June 16:45-18:15

 

Core Session

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Rio+20 Specifics: How MGCY will engage in the official process

How is Rio+20 going to work? What opportunities will the MGCY have to deliver statements, make amendments, etc? Overview of how contributions will be coordinated and what you need to know to get involved.

Art Space

Creative art making

Let’s decorate the Youth Blast! Imagination and inspiration for change.

UN Room

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UN-Habitat

Urban Youth Funds: Opportunities for youth-led sustainable development.

Room:

1

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MGCY Objectives Task Force

Food-water-energy-security nexus

2

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Alternative indicators of growth – Case studies and thoughts for Rio+20

GDP was created to provide decision-makers with a measure of economic performance and activity. This workshop presents alternative growth indicators through case studies, and thoughts for Rio+20.

3

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Eco Shanti: It’s our life style                             

What is the role of spirituality with sustainable development? Eco Shanti is a way of living, a lifestyle that integrates spirituality in our daily lives, a way of being that is holistic and sustainable.

4

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Creating an Eagle Brigade and revolution @ Rio - a Rio-lution!

Youth action needs to be stepped up. Can we spin Rio into the starting point of a youth revolution? Brainstorm a largely aligned strategy for the coming 10 days. How can we increase collaboration between organisations in the MGCY beyond Rio+20?

5

Citizen Emancipation for Sustainability

The importance of citizenship for building socially equitable and sustainable communities. Informational talk and performance of young actors from the favelas.

6

Green Schools

Best practices in Green Schools, from sustainable waste production to renewable energy sources. Promoting youth advocacy and improved access to education.

7

MGCY Governance Taskforce

Brainstorming on IFSD: What is not on the agenda, but should be after Rio?

8

Trusteeship in the Context of Sustainable Development

Trusteeship, the idea that each one of us enters the world as a trust of the whole and bears a measure of responsibility for the welfare of all, is a critical dimension of the design and implementation of new economic and institutional frameworks.

9

Becoming the Change - Intro to Action and Movement Strategy (started 14:30)

This workshop introduces strategic thinking and tools, looking at how social movements build power and win campaigns.

10

Youth Occupy Rio+20

Interactive session about the conversation around Rio+20 in the Occupy movement, and the vital role that youth have played. How can we use all this energy here and at home? How do the MGCY points relate to the Occupy Rio+20 statement?

11

Storytelling for Change

This session by the Million Person Project and 350.org is designed to help participants uncover the stories behind their connection to the cause, and to craft a personal narrative that can be used to inspire and motivate others to join the movement.

Room 12-16: Available for self-organised activities

     

 

Elective Sessions - C:

Monday 11 June 11:30-13:00

 

Core Session

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MGCY Green Economy Taskforce

An overview of Green Economy from the MGCY perspective. What key points are we advocating for? What is the background for these?

Art Space

Creative art making

Join others in creating art to influence Rio+20.

UN Room

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Youth 21

Engaging youth globally now!

Room:

1

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MGCY Objectives Taskforce

10 year Framework on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns.

2

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Avatar: methodology of "appreciative dialogue"

Learn how to use the methodology of "appreciative dialogue", where everyone participates to collectively build a shared vision of the world we want.

3

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Panel on Youth in Planning and Policy Making

This sessions will highlight the importance of participatory planning for society as the primary means to enforce the promises made at Rio+20.

4

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Public launch of 1st Asia Pacific Youth Water Summit

Held in October this year, the Asia Pacific Youth Water Summit aims at developing a white paper on taking action to preserve our planet's fast depleting water resources. Join to add your ideas and contribute to this declaration!

5

The Panafrican Youth Union and Rio+20

How can we integrate the African youth voice in the Rio+20 outcome? The session will be a panel discussion that presents the active linkage youth has with African Member State representatives at Rio+20. Strategic sharing of priority areas for African youth.

6

From Copacabana (Bolivia) to Copacabana (Brasil)

A Theatre caravan on its tour for ecological child rights. Through video clips and other media, this session will give a vivid impression of the theatre caravan's journey, highlighting ecological problems and child rights.

 

7

#EndFossilFuelSubsidies

Subsidies for fossil fuels are perceived as a major block for the development of more sustainable energy sources. How can we increase the push to end them at Rio+20?

8

North American Regional Strategy Meeting for Rio+20

Most relevant for North American youth, but all are welcome.

9

MGCY Governance Taskforce

IFSD: What should happen to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)?

10

I accept, I am an Ultra Consumerist / Lo acepto, soy ultra consumista

Analysis of the current economic system of ultra consumption in which we live, and exploration of ways to adopt a new economic model from our own lives. We highlight the important role of youth in the process of adopting a truly green economy.

11

Youth matter! How to make Ecocide a crime and achieve the future we want

Ecocide - the extensive destruction of the environment - is a moral crime, but not yet legally. Youth can play a crucial role for ecocide to become a crime against peace.

12

Social Leaders Program - Servant Leadership at your doorstep

A workshop on 4 key leadership values: Vision, self-knowledge, integrity, and service. These can be applied to any leadership challenge/context.

Room 13-16: Available for self-organised activities

     

Elective Sessions - D:

Monday 11 June 14:30-16:00

 

Core Session

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MGCY Governance Taskforce

An overview of the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development (IFSD) from the MGCY perspective. What key points are we advocating for? What is the background? What outcomes of Rio+20 are we hoping for?

Art Space

Creative art making

Come and make the sustainability struggle more beautiful through art.

UN Room

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World Bank

What does Green and Inclusive Growth mean for youth? A highlight of World Bank core activities.

Room:

1

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MGCY Objectives Taskforce

Peace & Conflict.

2

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The role of technology in change

The role of technology in connecting people towards social and environmental change.

3

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MGCY Green Economy Taskforce

Green Economy and Employment. Priorities of the MGCY.

4

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Building Youth Led Organizations

Addressing sustainable development often requires a sustainable organisation, working on a stable basis. SustainUS shares their insights and tips from over a decade of youth-led action.

5

How to paint your school of green by ideas

Presentation of a formal ‘treaty’ that we were able to do with school owners, called AGENDA EP+20+5. Inspired by Agenda 21 from 1992, in 5 years the school promises to accomplish goals in the sustainable areas of energy, water, waste, biodiversity and mobility. Change has started at our school, and in the future, yours.

6

Youth and Children in Sustainable Forest Management

Discuss duty to ensure that the forest and its natural resources are judiciously used and measures are put in place to sustain them for their future use, the role of youth and children cannot be overlooked.

7

Regional meeting for Asian youth attending Rio+20

Most relevant for Asian youth, but all are welcome.

8

Beautiful Trouble - Creative Action for Social Change

Our generation is blessed with boundless creativity and imagination. Campaigns that use creative action tactics allow us to transform this into social power, using creativity to challenge injustice, disrupt business as usual and challenge/change social norms.

9

Rio+Veg: The ethical and environmental impacts of eating meat

An open and clean discussion about the "Veg" issue. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and points of view about both ethical and environmental aspects of meat consumption. We will rely on scientific and official data about the impacts of meat production that are not too often disclosed.

10

My sustainable dream and practices

Youth will be asked to present their sustainable dreams and practices in a chart paper through arts.

Room 11-16: Available for self-organised activities

     

 

Elective Sessions - E:

Monday 11 June 16:45-18:15

 

Core Session

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MGCY Objectives Taskforce

An overview of the Rio+20 objectives, critical issues and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the MGCY perspective. What key points are we advocating for? What is the background for these? What outcomes of Rio+20 are we hoping for?

Art Space

Creative art making

Practical hands-on space for a conscious creative culture.

UN Room

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UNICEF

Community Mapping.

Room:

1

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MGCY Strategy Session on the 3rd Prep Com

What shall we do to influence the 3rd UNCSD Preparatory Committee 13-15 June?

2

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ScenaRio

30,000 young citizens (16-29 year old) from 30 countries as well as a panel of 100 opinion-makers are involved in this project. The findings will be delivered in Rio.

3

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Children as Agents of Environmental Transformation in Morro da Formiga in Rio

Presentation of a project that led to the ‘Clean Formiga, Beautiful Formiga’ programme, which was subsequently adopted by the Municipal Secretariat of Overview of Conservation and Public Services. Including a permaculture workshop.

4

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Buying the Gree(d)n Economy - How Polluters are Buying and Selling Out Our Future

This event will look at the influence of fossil fuel corporations and extreme extraction projects, like the tar sands, on the UN and other international initiatives for building a just and sustainable future.

5

 

MGCY Policy – Human Rights

How can MGCY advocate for human rights in the context of sustainable development?

6

Regional meeting for European youth attending Rio+20

Most relevant for participants from Europe, but all are welcome.

7

Regional meeting for African youth attending Rio+20

Most relevant for participants from Africa, but all are welcome.

8

Solutions as catalysts for action – towards an effective follow up to Rio+20

This session will discuss and format a framework for a collaboration platform, to be adopted widely across the whole youth movement.

9

Youth participation and leadership development

Our session is focused on Chinese Public Culture Communication. Youth Leadership Development could help to identify future leaders and to strengthen existing leadership teams.

10

Nova Terra

Tools for a new world.

11

New Zealand case studies: Inspiring youth to become sustainability leaders

The New Zealand event will show case leadership models for young people and youth groups involved in sustainable development. The activities will explore and build on the personal leadership model affecting useful change in individual or groups' own schools and communities. Get ready for a highly interactive session!

Room 12-16: Available for self-organised activities

     

 

Elective Sessions - F:

Tuesday 12 June 11:30-13:00

 

Core Session

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Taking part: Lobbying and Actions

Youth can use different tactics to influence negotiations. How do you decide when to use lobbying versus actions? Develop your skills to become a more effective lobbyist or activist.

Art Space

Creative art making

Paint paper and play for positive power.

UN Room

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Government of Sri Lanka

Youth in the post-2015 development agenda.

Room:

1

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MGCY Objectives Taskforce

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). What is our position and how can we push it?

2

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Uhai Binti  - Save the Girl Child

Women and in particular girls are often the most affected by poverty. Find out how you can advocate for education and against early marriage to help break this spiral.

3

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Child Consumerism, Advertising and Sustainability

The present economic structure we live in is forming consumers, not citizens. This sessions looks at the causes and effects of consumption rising to unsustainable levels in an open dialogue, based on the documentary ‘Target market: kids’.

4

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World Bank Session

Demonstrating how a diverse range of stakeholders across society are engaged in the development process, and the importance of including a youth voice.

5

World Bank Session

Same content as the session in Room 4.

6

The Commonwealth Youth-led initiatives on Sustainable Development

Are you from a Commonwealth country? Then join this session to leverage youth networks and increase your impact on climate change and sustainable development.

7

Youth Led Solutions to Sustainable Development

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) will explore the contribution of youth to reaching global agreements on sustainable development as well as the role of youth in delivering community-based and national solutions.

8

Transitioning to a world free of fossil fuels

Solving the climate crisis requires leaving fossil fuels in the ground and creating a 100% renewably powered world society. Start your own transition initiative in your country.

9

Regional meeting for Oceanian youth attending Rio+20

Most relevant for youth from Oceania, but all are welcome.

10

The Global Youth Movement after Rio+20

How do we organise ourselves, mobilise others and create change after Rio+20?

11

MGCY Green Economy Taskforce

Green Economy and Education - priorities of the MGCY.

12

Design Your Future

This is an interactive session where participants will design the future they want. We will use innovative methods to engage youth as much as possible in this process.

Room 13-16: Available for self-organised activities

     

 

Elective Sessions - G:

Tuesday 12 June 14:30-16:00

 

Core Session

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The Post-Rio+20 Agenda

What happens after Rio+20? How do we start implementing the outcomes? What can you start to prepare for now?

Art Space

Creative art making

Touch hearts and have fun while changing the world.

UN Room

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Youth 21:

Engaging youth globally now!

Room:

1

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Official youth delegates meeting (invite only)

This meeting is only for youth who are included as official delegates for their national government at the Rio+20 conference.

2

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Youth and Green Economy in different economic and geographic contexts

This session aims at bringing youth from different backgrounds together to share their understandings of challenges and opportunities with the green economy.

3

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Plant-for-the-Planet: How to turn kids and youth into activists in one day

Join the kids from Plant-for-the-Planet to learn about climate justice, and why it is so important to plant as many trees as possible.

4

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MGCY Governance Taskforce

IFSD: Ombudspersons for future generations.

5

MyCity+20: How to engage in simul-action!

Mumbai+20, Paris+20, Kinshasa+20.... Learn all about them, their outcomes, and maybe how to organise one yourself!

6

Dance Your Right

In this session participants will develop a flash mob to ask for improved environmental solutions, and perform it in the streets.

7

The Future We Really Want

Is the #futurewewant really the future we want? How do we get there? And how do we bridge the gap between the UN and the people?

8

MGCY Green Economy Taskforce

Green Economy and Natural Resources - Priorities of the MGCY.

9

MGCY Objectives Taskforce

Strategy session on the Rio+20 objectives.

10

Come Reinvent the Future

A snapshot on international youth involvement in the People's Summit at Rio+20.
 

11

Difference of education in today’s diversified generation (starts at 3pm)

What role does education play today?

12

Oxfam International Youth Partnerships

Oxfam's young leaders from around the world share their strategies for creating a more sustainable and just food system.

13

Innovations Think Tank

Open-ended forum for discussion about youth expectations, frustrations, and aspirations.

Room 14-16: Available for self-organised activities