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3-6 June 2020

VIRTUAL YOUTH ENVIRONMENT ASSEMBLY

Youth-led Virtual Youth Environment Assembly (YEA), is being convened from 3rd June - 6th June 2020, with the aim of mainstreaming diverse voices from youth movements in the environmental and climate agenda and preparing them for the 5th UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5).

In the midst of the COVID- 19 pandemic, the YEA will provide space for children and youth to report on how young people are coping with COVID-19 and adjusting to the changed modalities of environmental action, especially as we head into a #BuildBackBetter phase.

It is open for ALL interested youth to participate!

Our speakers...
H.E. Sveinung Rotevatn

UNEA-5 President & Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway

H.E. Carolina Schmidt

Minister of the Environment, Chile & COP25 President

H.E. Riccardo Lozano

Minister of Environment, Columbia (host of WED 2020)

Minister of Environment, Jordan

H.E. Dr. Saleh Alkharabsheh
Dr. Agnes Kalibata

UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Food Systems Summit 2021

Beniamin Strzelecki

Global Focal Point, SDG7 Youth Constituency

Ms Joyce Msuya

Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director, UNEP

Swetha Stotra Bhashyam

Global South Focal Point, Global Youth Biodiversity Network 

Hilda Flavia Nakabuye 

Youth Advocate from Uganda

Ulf Björnholm 

Deputy Secretary for Governing Bodies, UNEP

Alexander Juras

Chief, Civil Society Unit, UNEP

Omnia El Ormani

International Federation of Medical Students Association 

Schedule
3rd June Highlights

Opening Plenary

14.00-15.00 UTC
Theme: Youth, environment agenda, and pandemic recovery. Panelists will share their thoughts on how we can work towards a more sustainable future post-COVID-19, as well as highlight the critical role youths play in this process. 
Speakers
  • Joyce Msuya, UNEP Deputy Executive Director
  • Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy for 2021 Food Systems Summit
  • Marina Tricks, Polluters Out 
  • Aminetou Bilal, African Union Youth Envoy Advisory Committee

Breakout Sessions - Capacity building for UNEA & Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework

15.15-16.30 UTC
1. UNEA process capacity building
2. Youth engagement in the post-2020 biodiversity  framework
Speakers
Session on UNEA Capacity Building
  • Ulf Björnholm, Deputy Secretary, Secretariat of Governing Bodies and Stakeholders (UNEP)
  • Alexander Juras, Chief, Civil Society Unit (UNEP)
Session on Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework and Youth
  • Swetha Bhayasam, Focal Point - Global Youth Biodiversity Network
  • Members of the GYBN Steering Committee
16.45-17.45 UTC
In this dialogue, we'll be discussing youth priorities for UNEA-5, the road to UNEP@50 & Stockholm+50.
Speakers
  • Sebastian Gill, representative to UNEA  - EU Commission
  • Patric Egloff, Committee of Permanent Representatives, Switzerland
  • Member state representative from a developing country (TBC)

Inter-generational Dialogue - Youth & UNEA negotiators

Discussion: “Planet of the Humans” by SDG7 Youth Constituency

18.00-19.00 UTC
The recent documentary “Planet of the Humans” has sparked many discussions in the environmental movement and in the sustainable energy sector specifically. The SDG7 Youth Constituency would like to invite you for a discussion about the facts and opinions that the documentary raises: 1)Environmental impacts of renewable energy systems; 2)Energy returned for energy invested in renewable energy systems; 3)Feasibility of biomass as a renewable energy source; 4)Degrowth and demand management as a solution
4th June Highlights

Ministerial - Youth Dialogues

13.20-14.20 UTC
A youth dialogue with key decision-makers on sustainable development and environmental policies. 
Speakers
  • H.E. Carolina Schmidt, Minister of Environment, Chile
  • H.E. Ricardo Lozano, Minister of Environment, Colombia (host of WED2020)
  • H.E. Dr. Saleh Alkharabsheh, Minister of Environment, Jordan

Day One Recap

13.00-13.20 UTC
Recap and Updates!

Parallel Sessions

14.20-15.20 UTC
1. Becoming a Youth Advocate: This will be a capacity-building session by youth, for youth. Our panelists will share about their experiences as an environmental advocate, and discuss how you can be an inspiration to your community too!
Speakers
  • Hilda Flavia Nakabuye, Climate activist from Uganda
  • Prisca Daka, Zimbabwe Youth Biodiversity Network
  • Felix Feider,  Generation Climate Europe
2. Human Health in the context of Planetary Health: This session aims to address human health in the context of planetary health, COVID-19 and the lessons drawn from the pandemic to protect both human and environmental health.
Speakers
  • Dr. Mary Showstark, Yale School of Medicine 
  • Max Zimberg, Planetary Health Alliance
  • Martin Adams, European Environment Agency
  • Representatives from International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA)

Closing of the Day

15.20-15.50 UTC
This session summarizes the sessions of the first two days of the conference. 
Speakers
  • Moderators and Reporters of app previous session
5th June Highlights

Regional Youth Projects Marketplace (Part 1)

11.20-12.00 UTC
Listen to youth who've implemented environment initiatives — their stories, challenges, and successes. This session will also feature a Q&A where you can ask peers questions about starting a new project.
Asia, Australia/Newzealand/Pacific, Europe
Speakers
  • Theresa Rose Sebastian, Re-Earth Initiative
  • Khishigjargal Enkhbayar, Ananas
12.00-13.30 UTC
The highlight of our event! Hear from two high-level panelists about the importance of environmental action, and how young people can lead change on the road to UNEA-5.
Speakers
  • Sveinung Rotevatn, Minister of Climate and the Environment of Norway and UNEA-5 President
  • H.E. Mr Jorge Laguna-Celis, Director of Governance Affairs UNEP

Youth Dialogue with President of UNEA 5

#BuildingBackBetter A Conversation with Women Leading on Climate Action, Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability 

13.50- 14.50 UTC
This panel features a lively discussion with exceptional women leaders in the fields of climate change, biodiversity conservation, and sustainability who have been actively working to "BuildBackBetter" through their groundbreaking research, innovative initiatives and compelling advocacy to drive change in cities and communities. 
Speakers
  • Hadia Sheerazi, Columbia University, former UN ECOSOC Youth Delegate (Moderator)
  • Dr. Kate Marvel, Associate Research Scientist, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Goddard Institute for Space Studies  
  • Dr. Asha de Vos, Founder, Oceanswell, NatGeoExplorer, Senior TED Fellow, World Economic Young Global Leader   
  • Kristal Ambrose, Founder, The Bahamas Plastic Movement

Regional Youth Projects Marketplace (Part 2)

14.50-15.30 UTC
Listen to youth who've implemented environment initiatives — their stories, challenges, and successes. This session will also feature a Q&A where you can ask peers questions about starting a new project.
Africa, America, French-speaking
Speakers
  • Aalok Bhatt, Eco Ambassador
  • Elvis Kadhama, Pearl Entrepreneurs Academy
  • Thierno Abdoul, Youth Parliament of the Civil Society of Guinea
6th June Highlights - Children's Day

Children's Talanoa Dialogue

12.45 - 13.30 UTC
Child advocates from all around the world will meet in this session and get the chance to share their experiences with environmental activism and talk about their most memorable moments and daily struggles. 

Make your life more sustainable

13.30 - 14.00 UTC
How can I make my life, my home and my school more sustainable? This workshop will show a short workshop and several movies from all around the world on sustainable hacks that you can use in your day to day life. 

EcoRadio Workshop for Eco Ambassadors!

14.00 - 14.30 UTC

The workshop will feature a training on effective media/communication along with a fun and exciting interactive group activity for all participants to teach you how to make your own “radio” segment on climate or sustainability issues. You will learn how to record and showcase voices of youth and create powerful communications campaigns to continue your advocacy work. The final product - “YEA EcoRadio” featuring your voices and messages - will be compiled by the Earth Institute team and be featured on the UNEP MGCY website.

Speakers
  • Hadia Sheerazi, Columbia University, former UN ECOSOC Youth Delegate 

  • Brighton Kaoma, Initiative on Communication & Sustainability, Columbia University

  • Tara Stafford Ocansey, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

  • Haein Shin, Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute, Columbia University

Sustainability in Schools Workshop: Ideas for Student-led Sustainability Projects in Schools

14.30 - 15.15 UTC

Join this interactive workshop to learn about how you can make a difference by starting fun and innovative sustainability projects in your school! See examples of successful student-run projects by your peers and fellow sustainability advocates in schools in New York City, USA. Take advantage of a live Q&A session with Dr. Oren Pizmony-Levy to ask questions and get advice on how you can become a sustainability leader in your own school.

Speakers
  • Dr. Oren Pizmony-Levy, Center for Sustainable Futures,  Columbia University 

Children's Talanoa Dialogue

15.15 - 16.00 UTC
Child advocates from all around the world will meet in this session and get the chance to share their experiences with environmental activism and talk about their most memorable moments and daily struggles. 

Make your life more sustainable

16.00 - 16.30 UTC
How can I make my life, my home and my school more sustainable? This workshop will show a short workshop and several movies from all around the world on sustainable hacks that you can use in your day to day life. 

Closing Session for all youth: Special youth consultation briefing on the UNEA Bureau Retreat

17:00 - 18:00
Closing Session with a briefing for the UNEA Bureau Retreat. Capacity Building on UNEA Bureau Retreat and how we will organise and engage ourselves. 

You can register for one or more sessions!

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