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Youth are beating the drum at the Peoples Summit

There is a huge distance separating the Peoples Summit and the Riocentro convention center where world leaders are meeting for Rio+20. And this distance is not only in terms of kilometers, but also political. Parallel to the high level negotiations, the Peoples Summit hosted an array of events in a more informal setting. Some claim that the actual solutions are being formed there, through day-to-day interactions by members of the civil society.

Several demonstrations also took place throughout the city and the Peoples Summit. The protagonists are the youth, full in their colour, enthusiasm, creativity and brio. Beating the drum for positive changes towards to a greener, more just, happier world.

Watch the video here.

June 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

What do the Youth Want from Rio+20?

With the United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development just around the corner, different groups are doing their best to make sure their agendas for Rio+20 are heard. While there are some interesting agendas out there, I wish to focus on the youth agenda for Rio+20. In the past, youth were often mistaken for being lazy and uninterested in what is going on around them. However, the reality was that the youth lacked the opportunity to participate since many people did not believe in them.

That was of course until the preparations for the Rio+20 conferences began and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon specifically asked the youth to bring “dynamic new ideas, fresh thinking and energy to the Rio+20 process.” In addition, Mr. Ban on 17th May 2012 asked the youth to “make some noise” so as to speed up negotiations ahead of the conference as he was disappointed that the negotiations were not moving fast enough. Click here to read Ban Ki Moon’s speech in full. A United Nations Major Group of Children and Youth was formed so as to act the official voice of young people in sustainability negotiations.

Taking up Mr. Ban Ki Moon’s invitation to participate in the Rio+20 process, the youth, through the Major Group for Children and Youth have spoken up about what they are hoping to gain from Rio+20. The youth want:

  • Sustainable food systems which produce adequate and healthy food for everyone.
  • Elimination of harmful subsidies in agriculture, energy and fisheries
  • A reduction in unemployment. Governments need to create green jobs which will help to reduce youth unemployment
  • Support for education for sustainable development. This includes integrating Education for Sustainable Development into formal learning and supporting non-formal methods of Education for Sustainable Development.
  • Involved of all relevant stakeholders in environmental conservation
  • Promotion of sustainable use of water resources
  • Promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Sustainably planned cities
  • Improved national healthcare systems
  • Sustainable tourism which encourages community participation.

Make you voice heard today at Rio+20 by voting for the future you want at http://vote.riodialogues.org/. Also, check out what Ban Ki Moon has said about the future he wants.

Book mark this blog because in the next days, we shall be giving you real time information on what is happening at the Rio+20 conference.

June 14, 2012 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

My World on Earth: voices from the favela in Rio+20

Following several months of an online survey, where 2000 youth were asked to indicate the most important challenges for humanity today, an open debate was organized in the heart of Favela Babilônia, Rio de Janeiro. The discussion organized by ICA – Information, Knoweldge & Attitude, was designed to stimulate youth to critically reflect on their daily actions and their impacts on the environment. Opinions, attitudes, and a resolution to be delivered to heads of states.

I was there, and had the opportunity to open a discussion about our food choices and how they impact the society, the economy and the planet. Watch the video here.

June 12, 2012 at 11:34 pm Leave a comment

The Future we want is Organic

Rio+20 is already providing a vehicle for civil society organisations to form new alliances with governments, agencies, businesses and each other. With governments of the developed world being in massive debt there will be very little new money on the table in Rio. However, Rio has the potential to be a massive catalyst for sustainable development, just as Copenhagen was for climate change.

Of course, like in Copenhagen, politicians might fail to see beyond strict GDP figures and the undue influence of powerful lobbies. However, this conference is an one-in-a-generation opportunity for organisations from all over sectors and from every corner of the world to come together and plant the intellectual seeds that will mainstream sustainability at all levels: from policy making to our everyday lives.

The food movement, and youth in particular, have a unique opportunity to catch this new wave and position sustainable agriculture at the centre of the agenda.

I am in Rio+20 as a youth reporter for Young Organics and I will be mainstreaming sustainability to youth networks around the world. Follow me on twitter @geopavlos under the hashtags #YORio & #IFOAMrio

June 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm 1 comment