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Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve, China

Date: 15-18 September 2019

The fifteenth Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15) will be held in China in 2020. It is expected to adopt the post-2020 global biodiversity framework – a "New Deal for Nature" for the entire international community. Inscribed in the 2050 Vision “Living in Harmony with Nature”, it will address the challenge of biodiversity and ecosystems loss and to ensure that the solutions and benefits nature provides are integrated in systemic, inclusive, and transformative actions to benefit human well-being, the economy, and the planet. The decisions to be taken on that occasion will be of great relevance to youth, whose future daily lives will be strongly impacted by those desired transformations, but also considering the crucial role they will play in shaping and implementing them. UNESCO and its partners are committed to support youth raising their voice and taking action in this arena. The organizers will also pay particular attention to gender equality interrelated issues.

Towards the 15th conference of parties

of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Offering more opportunities

On the occasion of its 30th session held in Palembang, Indonesia, in July 2018, the International Coordination Council of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) expressed its will to strengthen its engagement with Youth and to call for the organization of a new MAB Youth Forum in 2019 as an event closely linked to the preparation of the CBD COP15. Building on the successful experience of the 2017 MAB Youth Forum held in Italy, in the presence of 285 young representatives of Biosphere Reserves from 84 countries, the 2019 MAB Youth Forum will have the main purpose of offering youth an opportunity to engage more concretely in the preparation and running of CBD COP 15, elaborate their contribution to its debates and foster their commitment to the realization of the future they want, being actors of change in their territories, engaging in the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework and the climate change actions, and contributing to Sustainable Development Goals in general.

Who can participate

Participants need to be aged from 18 to 35 years maximum, showing their engagement with UNESCO-MAB:

  • in their respective living/working contexts - territories and communities already included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves;

  • on issues related to biodiversity conservation and sustainable territorial development.

How to apply

  • Please be in contact with your MAB National Committee or Focal Point, as well as your BR manager, to express your interest to participate (with your motivation letter).

  • Qualified applicants will then be selected and given the access to the dedicated online application system, in which to finalize their application with the submission of their motivation and support letters, and of other details which will allow the organizers to arrange their travel and accommodation.

​​Deadline for applications: 31 July 2019