Participation in MGCY YOUTH BLAST – Conference of Youth
Youth Blast is the official young people’s event in preparation for Rio+20. It is a 5-day conference from 7 to 12 June aimed at empowering young people who will be attending Rio+20, through providing information and training, and creating a space where young people can connect to share their ideas. The Youth Blast is also an important time for young people to strategize about how we will most effectively participate in Rio.
I was officially invited as a Social Media Focal Point of MGCY for the Youth Blast International sessions that was held from 10th to 12th June. During this event, I actively participated in the following activities:
a) A session regarding alternative indicators of growth and Transitioning to a fossil fuel free world where, Mr. Achim Steiner (Executive Director, UNEP) and Mr. Nick Nuttal (Acting Communications Director and Spokesperson for UNEP) were the speakers.
b) Asia Pacific Youth Meets, where youth from Asia Pacific region came together and shared their knowledge as well as information regarding sustainable development and youth movement. I was able to highlight the voices of Mountain youth in among the participants.
c) Workshop on “My Sustainable Dreams and Practices”, which was facilitated and coordinated by myself. During this event youth from global came together and shared their dreams to take this world toward sustainability and also appealed for youth engagement in policy and decision making. Most of the youth were aware about the education for sustainable development. More than 20 youth participated in the session and shared their sustainable dreams and practices.
d) Youth Blast Closing Session, where all the international youth from the global participated and many questions were raised regarding sustainable development. During the event Ambassador Sha Zukang (Secretary General, Rio+20 Conference) gave his speech and said “Rio+20 will not fail”.owed their interest in the mountain regions.
e) Regular Meetings of MGCY, where the task forces of MGCY met regularly and updated their activities as well as planned for the main event. I was a team leader for Employment group of Green Economy Youth Task Force of MGCY.