Youth call for an awakening to the reality that we are valuable partners and agents of change in efforts to halt deforestation, particularly in facilitating collective action, building capacity, and sharing the message with everyday people. To do this we must be trained, organized and have a clear set of objectives to deliver.
YOUth ACTivation: towards the Global Forest Goals will provide a launchpad for youth contributions to the UN Forum UNFF13 and present tools to succeed in the fight against deforestation.
During this webinar, participants will learn about forest policy instruments on a global level such as the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests (UNSPF) and the Global Forest Goals. Participants will understand how the Major Group Children and Youth (MGCY), convened by the International Forestry Students’ Association, functions before introduced to the work of MGCY.
MGCY is currently producing a work plan that will showcase how young people can contribute to achieving the UNSPF. Having young people on-board for this effort is crucial as we can provide new, innovative ideas to tackle global problems – and we are willing to act!
The webinar will introduce the main objectives of the work plan and will then provide a platform to discuss among participants how we can bring this work plan to life. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute ideas for specific projects that will contribute to achieve the UNSPF.
Join us for this Digital Summit and get involved with your idea to achieve a common vision – YOU ACT!
Steffen Dehn studied International Forest Ecosystem Management at the University for Sustainable Development in Eberswalde, Germany. His areas of focus are international climate policy, food security and ecosystem-based climate change adaptation and mitigation. He currently is the focal point for the Major Group Children and Youth to the United Nations Forum on Forests. After working with GIZ in the field of international cooperation and development in Indonesia, he recently kicked off his freelancing career combining human-centered creative elements from Design Thinking with his areas of interest to foster innovative approaches to natural resource management challenges.
Jesse is an international forest policy expert working with the Australian Government who also volunteers to support environment and youth focused not for profits. He has had success in the Information Technology sector as the Chief Operations Officer of Australia’s leading independent web host and domain registrar, VentralP and brings his communications perspective to highlighting youth contributions. His skills include providing frank and fearless advice, stripping things back for simplicity, re-inventing the wheel, and playing devil’s advocate to risk manage.
Salina Abraham is a forester, economist, and passionate advocate for youth involvement in solutions for landscape challenges. Salina is the current President of the International Forestry Students’ Association as well as the Youth Coordinator at the Global Landscapes Forum. She also is a co-coordinator to the Youth in Landscapes Initiative, a partnership and capacity building program led by youth organizations and young people across agriculture, ecology, and forestry. Salina has served as the focal point to the UN Forum on Forest for the Major Group Children and Youth and continues to lead delegations and deliver statements across international fora. Her academic research has taken her back to Eritrea, her country of origin, where she investigated the impact of corporate social responsibility programs on land rehabilitation and rural women’s livelihoods. Salina is passionate about tapping into commonalities across youth leaders to propel a stronger and more inclusive change.