The SustainUS Agents of Change program has selected its SustainUS youth delegation to the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention and 8th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP18 and CMP8), which will be held in Doha, Qatar, from November 26 to December 7, 2012. Delegates will work with each other and with international youth in advance of the conference to educate themselves and their communities, develop policy priorities, acquire skills in effective lobbying, and engage the broader youth population in action related to international climate policy.
Meet the delegates after the jump!
After a highly competitive review process, SustainUS is proud to announce the winners of our 2012 Citizen Science paper competition for research related to biological diversity. The winning papers will appear in Consilience: the Journal of Sustainable Development, a global journal for sustainable development produced by Columbia University. In addition, the authors of the winning papers will be invited to present their research at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India in October 2012.
Last week, at the third round of "informal-informal" Negotiations for Rio+20, SustainUS released the second edition of its A Future Uncompromised policy briefs on sustainable development. The latest edition covers six key issues for Rio+20: strengthening UNEP, measuring and assessing prosperity, peace and conflict, water resources, sexual and reproductive rights, and fossil fuel subsidies. In addition to highlighting prior commitments by Member States and reflecting on the current state of negotiations, the briefs outline a selection of SustainUS's policy recommendations for Rio+20.
Follow the work of the SustainUS Rio+20 delegates as we head to Rio de Janeiro for the Rio+20 Earth Summit June 2012. This event will draw thousands to Brazil to examine how we can better address the coupled ecological and social crises that confront the world. SustainUS has followed these negotiations closely in our effort to advance sustainable development and enable youth engagement in these forums.
Check out SustainUS Chair Ellie's new piece in Grist -- "Speak up! Young people need to be heard at the Earth Summit!"
Next month, the United Nations will hold a mega-conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — the Earth Summit, aka Rio+20. In addition to being an international Who’s Who of over 130 heads of state and leaders in sustainable development, it will also be a chance for young people to assert the urgency of the challenges we face and seize the opportunities presented to our generation to address them.
Yeah, I know you’re probably still sour about the last global enviro conference that made headlines — the 2009 Copenhagen climate negotiations. I understand that bitterness. I was there, a senior in college then, all wide-eyed and hopped up on hope. But in preparing to attend the Earth Summit with other youth leaders, I come with renewed enthusiasm that this conference will be different. Read more...