Youth at Congress: Strengthening community voices towards a ‘Just World’

This event highlights the role of empowering community voice in conservation policy development at the IUCN through examples and activities led by youth. It provides an informal space for young professionals and community leaders to engage the diversity of participants at the IUCN Congress (i.e. government officials, academics, NGOs, community representatives, and students) as an intergenerational community to discuss ways for youth to access decision-making processes at Congress and other IUCN forums. Aided by visuals (posters of projects and initiatives of youth engagement), the participants will meet in small groups and record on cards examples and techniques for empowering young community voices. Participants will then be able to e-brainstorm their ideas for future community engagement at the IUCN, including how to engage IUCN Commissions and diverse meeting platforms (such as Congress) to affect decision-making processes that lead to more just and equitable conservation. By interacting with a (either electronic or paper) guestbook, participants will share how their voices could be better included in future forums and congresses through diverse participatory processes and actions. A summary report of this event will be published in CEESP’s newsletter and submitted to Council.

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