Previous Youth Conferences on Biodiversity


GYBN Kick-Off Meeting
Dates: August 21-27, 2012
Location: Berlin, Germany
Participants: 36 from 22 countries
Hosted by: NAJU

Thanks to generous financial support from the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) GYBN could be officially established at an international Kick-Off conference hosted by NAJU in Berlin, Germany from August 21st to 27th 2012.  Thirty-six youth, representing youth organizations from 22 countries, attended the conference. The participants first learned about biodiversity issues and the CBD process through workshops, a COP-simulation and networked with each other.  The final days of the conference were used to create the GYBN statute, mission, and vision for GYBN, and to create a position paper for the upcoming CBD COP-11. The GYBN Kick-Off meeting culiminated in the adoption of the statute, marking the official establishment of GYBN.

Additional information & outcomes:
GYBN Statute
GYBN Position Paper for COP11
NAJU website about the GYBN Kick-Off meeting
Flyer for the conference
Blog about the Kick-Off meeting


International Youth Conference on Biodiversity 2010
Dates: August 21-27, 2010
Location: Nagoya, Japan
Participants: 100 participants from 62 countries
Hosted by: Japanese Ministry of the Environment

Building upon the outcomes of the Asian Youth Conference in the year before, the goal of the conference was the adoption of a Youth Statement as well a Youth Action Plan on Biodiversity. Furthermore, the agenda of the conferences included various excursions and numerous working group and discussion sessions. One of these working groups developed a first rough concept for a global youth biodiversity network under the tentative name “Global Youth for Biodiversity Organisation” (GYBO).

Additional information & outcomes:
International Youth Statement on Biodiversity
Youth Action Plan on Biodiversity


YouPEC 2010
Dates: July 1-6, 2010
Location: Olen, Belgium
Participants: 130 participants from 36 European countries
Hosted by: Jeugdbond voor Natuur en Milieu

On the occasion of the International Year of Biodiversity, the Belgian youth environmental organization JNM (Jeugdbond voor Natuur en Milieu) organized the “European Youth Perspective Conference on Biodiversity” (YouPEC 2010) in summer 2010. This conference was the third YouPEC conference, following up on two previous conferences on Consumption in 2008 (Bakkum, the Netherlands, June/July 2008) and on Energy and Climate in 2007 (Berlin, Germany, June 2007). From July 1st to 6th, YouPEC 2010 gathered 130 young people from 36 European countries in Olen, Belgium to discuss and learn about biodiversity. At the end of the conference, participants adopted a youth declaration, urging the European Union and its member states to significantly increase their efforts and resources to protect biological diversity and to show strong leadership on both the European and the international level. As part of an action in front of the European Commission in Brussels, this declaration was handed over to Janez Potocnik, the European Commissioner for the Environment who promised to take the concerns of young people into consideration.

Additional information & outcomes:
European Youth Declaration on Biodiversity to the European Commission
YouPEC2010 – Executive Summary

AYCB 2009

Asian Youth Conference on Biodiversity
Dates: August 2-6, 2009
Location: Nagoya, Japan
Participants: 79 participants from 13 Asian countries
Hosted by: Japanese Ministry of the Environment

From August 2nd to 6th 2009, the Japanese Ministry of Environment organized the “Asian Youth Conference on Biodiversity” (AYCB). Under the theme “Maintenance of Biodiversity in the Asian region and its sustainable use” 79 participants from thirteen Asian countries came together to network and to discuss about biological diversity. The participants adopted a youth action plan as well as a youth statement on biodiversity. Participants also drafted a plan for the establishment of an Asian Youth Network on Biodiversity (AYNB), however this network never materialized

Additional information & outcomes:
Asian Youth Statement on Biodiversity
Asian Youth Action Plan on Biodiversity



Second International Youth Symposium on Biodiversity
Dates: July 5 to 9 2009
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Participants: 100 from 10 countries
Hosted by: BiodiversityMatters and POWER

The Second International Youth Symposium on Biodiversitywas held in Ottawa, Canada from July 5th to 9th 2009. The conference was jointly organized by the Canadian youth NGOs BiodiversityMatters and POWER. The Youth Symposium was attended by 100 young people from ten countries and intended to provide a platform to celebrate youth initiatives on biodiversity. Building up on the results of the 1st International Youth Symposium on Biodiversity in Mexico in January 2005, the conference culminated in the adoption of the “Global Youth Accord on Biodiversity”, which was later translated in 25 languages and received over 5000 signatures of youth from 83 countries. Guided by the vision “that biodiversity will be protected to sustain global ecosystems and life on our planet, now, and in the future”, the Global Youth Accord is a youth action plan on biodiversity and calls for the inclusion of youth in decision making processes, in particular in the CBD-process.

Additional information & outcomes:
Global Youth Accord on Biodiversity



Biodiversity on the Edge
Dates: May 13 to 19 2008
Location: Bonn, Germany
Participants: 60 from 25 countries
hosted by: NAJU

The “Biodiversity on the Edge” (BotE) international youth conference, was hosted by the German youth environmental organization NAJU (Naturschutzjugend) and took place in Bonn, Germany, from May 13th to 19th 2008, prior to CBD COP9. “Biodiversity on the Edge” brought 60 participants from 25 countries together.
As a highlight of the conference, representatives of the participants had the chance to present a youth declaration during the official opening ceremony of the 2008 UN Biodiversity Summit. Using a self-made balance, they called upon the 6,400 delegates and ministers at COP9 to bring nature and ecosystems back into balance. Among others they urged delegates to include biological diversity issues in the curricula of all schools. It was one of the very first times that young people were given the floor during a CBD COP.

Additional information & outcomes
International Youth Declaration to CBD COP9
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