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29.01.2018 - Natural Sciences Sector

MAB Youth delegates to participate in the 2018 ECOSOC Youth Forum


Four Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Youth delegates who attended the MAB Youth Forum in September 2017, held at the Po Delta Biosphere Reserve in Italy, will participate in the 2018 Youth Forum of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), to be held on 30-31 January 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The theme of this year’s ECOSOC Youth Forum is ‘The role of youth in building sustainable and resilient urban and rural communities’. The forum will provide a platform for youth to engage in a dialogue with Member States to discuss policy frameworks and promote innovative, institutionalized approaches and initiatives for advancing the youth development agenda at national, regional and global levels, with a view to promoting solutions to the global challenge of strengthening resilience and sustainable development.

This two-day event will feature plenary sessions, interactive thematic and regionally based discussions and perspectives. It will provide an opportunity for a rich exchange of views and ideas on innovative solutions to issues of relevance to young people. It will also address implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, structured around the Sustainable Development Goals' (SDGs) under review in the Economic and Social Council and the High-level Political Forum in 2018.

The four MAB Youth delegates will participate in the thematic breakout session on SDG 15 ‘Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss’. They will also share their experiences during a side-event on ‘MAB Youth – Committed to Sustainable Development’ hosted by UNESCO’s MAB Programme.

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