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Are you passionate about protecting biodiversity?
Are you between 18 and 30 years old and are you concerned about the effects that rapid biodiversity loss will have on our planet?
Have you spent the past couple of years working on conservation projects, political campaigns or other activities as a volunteer or young professional?
Are you interested in international negotiations and do you want governments to take action for biodiversity?

Then this is your chance!

The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) is organizing an international team of youth representatives for the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)  – and you can be part of it!

The primary goal of this project is to provide young people from a wide variety of backgrounds with an opportunity to represent their generation at COP13. By enabling young people to play an active role in the CBD process, we are aiming to build capacity among young people so that they can contribute to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Knowledge and experience gained through this opportunity will be brought back and applied in their countries, communities and organizations.

We are looking for individuals who are between 18 and 30 years old who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to biodiversity issues, and have a strong record of voluntary activities in youth organizations. We expect that 12 to 14 places will be available (depending on the costs for travel and accommodation).
Before the start of the negotiations, a number of activities will take place in Cancún, including a preparatory meeting. This will be an opportunity for the youth representatives to take part in various workshops and skill-building activities, to deepen their knowledge of biodiversity issues and the CBD process. This preparatory meeting will have a particular focus on the procedures and issues at COP13.

Applicants should possess a basic understanding of international negotiations. It will be considered an asset if the applicant has experience with the CBD-process, as well as relevant expertise and knowledge about the issues on the agenda of COP13.

Interested? All you have to do is to submit your application at:
The deadline for applications is June 5th 2016 at 23:59 Cancún-time.

We are very much looking forward to your applications and wish you the best of luck!

Your GYBN Steering Committee

PLEASE NOTE: So far funding has only been confirmed for youth from the GLOBAL SOUTH. However youth from the Global North are still encouraged to apply!
The GYBN Steering Committee is working hard to secure additional funding to allow youth from the GLOBAL NORTH to participate in COP13. Please note that confirmation has not been received yet. It is possible that we will receive no or only very little funding for GLOBAL NORTH youth. If funding should be very limited for Global North it is possible that we can only provide partial support for delegates. Since we do not know how many youth delegates from the Global North can be funded, all applications will be reviewed by the jury and ranked according to the score they achieve. All successful applicants will be put on a waiting list and funding will be distributed according to their position in the ranking. Final confirmations will be sent to all applicants as soon as we have received funding.
The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) is an international network of 110 youth organizations, representing more than 342.500 youth from 97 countries whose common goal is to prevent the loss of biodiversity. GYBN aims to represent the voice of global youth in the negotiations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), raise awareness among young people of the values of biodiversity, and connects individuals and youth organizations in order to build a global coalition to halt the loss of biodiversity.
As the official coordination platform for youth participation in the negotiations under the CBD, GYBN is committed to bringing the opinions and positions of young people into the political process; empowering young people to take action. Recognized and supported by the CBD Secretariat, GYBN seeks to inspire global youth and future leaders to work for the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity for a healthy environment and society.
GYBN was created as the result of an international initiative by young people who participated in CBD COP10 in 2010, and was officially established in 2012. The network is coordinated by an international steering committee and is entirely run by young people for young people.

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Youth platform for participation at the Convention on Biological Diversity

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