On 1st March 2019, UNGA through RES 73/284 proclaimed the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 with the goal to prevent, halt and reverse ecosystem degradation – for all terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The UNGA invited the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to lead the implementation of the Decade as custodian agencies, in collaboration with the secretariats of the Rio conventions and other relevant initiatives. The resolution further "stresses the importance of the full involvement of young people".
Youth consultations on the Decade
In the second half of 2019, youth organisations in different parts of world conducted several on ground and online consultations, facilitated by the Major Group for Children and Youth, to inform the strategy of the Decade that was being developed by the custodian agencies. On-ground consultations took place in more than 19 countries, including at international avenues like UNCCD COP, UNGA, UNFCCC COP, etc. featuring also experts from UN system, government and special agencies.
UN Strategy launched for feedback
The outcomes of the youth consultations have been compiled into Youth Paper on Ecosystem Restoration which then fed into the strategy developed by the UN. The first draft of strategy has now been launched by the UN and is open to feedback from member states and civil society actors until 30 April 2020. Feedback can be provided on Decade’s website – www.restorationdecade.org. The strategy reflects several recommendations from the Youth Paper, and features a section on “Partnering with youth”.
This consultation webinar is planned to take inputs from youth audience on the strategy, and also hear from experts within the UN agencies involved in the Decade process.
UNEP Major Group for Children and Youth, UNMGCY SDG2 Working Group
Contact FPs: Teresa Oberhauser and Yugratna Srivastava (firstname.lastname@example.org)
UNEP Major Group for Children and Youth, UNMGCY SDG2 Working Group, Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN), Global Youth Caucus on Desertification and Land, YOUNGO
UN agency partners
UNEP, FAO, and three Rio Conventions - UNCBD, UNCCD, and UNFCCC
Youth and youth organisations, initiatives, informal networks, and others with work and interest on ecosystem restoration
Date and timing
Thursday, 26th March 14.00 UTC