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Major Group of Children and Youth online Conference
9 Oct 2011 - 9 Oct 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

An e-Conference of the Major Group Children and Youth on Rio+20 will be held on Sunday, October 9th at 6:00PM GMT. You can join here: http://earthcharter.wiziq.com/online-class/633960-e-conference-of-the-major-group-for-children-and-youth-on-rio-20

The main purpose of this e-conference is to introduce youth participants to the work of the three MGCY Task Forces and give feedback to the MGCY draft submission to the November 1st consultation.

If you miss this e-conference--please get involved with the work of the taskforces --they are al open to anyone under the age of 30 and provide support for new participants. The task forces are charged with the content of Rio+20. The Major Group has three policy taskforces working on to prepare the draft zero and to lobby in preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (aka Earth Summit). The task forces details are below...so read on to decide which you would like to get involved with and how to do that!

Green economy task force is the main space for policy development on the Green Economy in the Context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication on behalf of the Major Group on Children and Youth. In addition to that, it is a space to share relevant documents and initiatives on the theme to strengthen our collaborative understanding. A small core team has taken leadership in putting together the youth position for the Zero Draft by the first of November. The celebrative work takes place at the following portal:
http://bit.ly/GreenEconomyPositionPaper The core team will strive for regional balance and is open for people who are ready to commit time and energy to get things moving! A generic date for the core team calls, first with an interval of 2 weeks. The Task Force at large is involved in providing feedback and sharing information. Join their mailing list here: https://groups.google.com/group/green-economy-youth If you have any question or are not sure if you want to join this task force please contact the focal points: Michaela (Michaela@rioplus20s.org) or Lena (lmm.wdst[at]yahoo.com)

Governance task force is the main space for policy development on the Institutional framework on sustainable development on behalf of the Major Group on Children and Youth. In addition to that, it is a space to share relevant documents and initiatives on the theme to strengthen our collaborative understanding. The task force on governance (a.k.a. the Institutional Framework on Sustainable Development) hence has identified the following four cornerstones:
1. Map (with particular youth focus) the existing discussions: what are the proposals, who is behind each, what is their starting point?
2. Map (with particular youth focus) the opportunities for input and the process
3. Run policy development including draft 0 contribution
4. Build a focused adovacy campaign with a few talking points to be used systematically
The Task Force at large is involved in providing feedback and sharing information. Join their mailing list here:http://groups.google.com/group/rio-20-youth-IFSD If you have further questions please contact the focal points Alice (alice.vincent[at]worldfuturecouncil.org) or Seb (duycks[at]gmail.com

Objectives taskforce focuses on the three objectives of Rio+20. They are thinking of how to secure renewed political commitments, they are reviewing progress up to date and the implementation gaps from the perspective of young and future generations and using this to create policy recommendations that address new and emerging challenges. Please share your ideas online: http://typewith.me/objectivestaskforce or join our mailinglist: http://bit.ly/Rio-Youth-Objectives_Taskforce. If you have more questions, please contact the focal point: Saba (saba [at] internationalyouthcouncil.com) or Wen (hoe.jia.wen[at]gmail.com).

We are currently trying to prepare the major groups input for the draft zero. We hope to make sure that emerging challenges specifically impacting the younger generation are not forgotten. Our taskforces don't have the power to make sure that that Governments actually commit to Sustainable development but we can look at (analyse) the progress or lack of progress based on past agreements, see what are the gaps in implementation and work with the Governance taskforce to make sure that the gaps in implementation are not caused by a lack of structure (or responsible organisation).

This e-conference is being hosted by the Earth Charter International Secretariat (Nora Mahmoud), Peace Child International (Nicoḷ Wojwoda), and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (Tek Jung Mahat).

We look forward to working with you to prepare for Rio+20 and in the implementation that follows!

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