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YOUTH-LED SOLUTIONS

SUMMIT: 

19+23 October 2020

4-6PM CEST

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On Monday 19 October 2020, YMCA’s Youth-Led Solutions Summit: Climate Action will launch with the first of two live virtual events, and we invite you to join us. Inspiring young leaders, the thinkers and doers of today, will begin an international dialogue on creating solutions to address the climate crisis. 

 

A second event on Friday 23 October will look to the future, equipping young leaders to be multipliers of change who can empower others. 

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Both events are LIVE:
4pm - 6pm
Central European Summer Time
10am - 12pm
Eastern Daylight Time 

Hundreds of young leaders from around the world are taking part, coming together as ‘Solution Teams’ to address environmental challenges in their context and communities. 

 

The events form part of the two-week Youth-Led Solutions Summit, YMCA’s new initiative to amplify youth solutions that positively impact local and global sustainability, the development of just and equitable communities, and the well-being of all people.

PARTNERS

WHO IS INVITED?

Young leaders, educators, activists, business leaders, policymakers, indigenous communities, philanthropists, artists, influencers, NGO staff and volunteers and community members are all invited to join YMCA for these two unique events. These events are for anyone passionate about addressing the climate crisis and committed to taking action in their community.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The live event will be primarily in English, and translated into French and Spanish.

 

Conversations, panels and keynotes

Featuring dialogues with young people at different stages of their journey to take action, panel discussions, and specially curated talks, keynotes and conversations with young leaders and world-leading agencies addressing the climate emergency.

 

Discover the Youth-Led Solutions initiative 

The Summit will also explore the essence of the Youth-Led Solutions initiative, with the launch of seed funding for participating Solution Teams from every continent. 

 

Hopin, our event platform

Focusing on connections as well as talks and panels, Hopin allows attendees to watch and react together to the content as it happens live, and take a deeper dive into the content post-event. Attendees will have the chance to meet others and stay connected. Plus unique post-Summit connection opportunities for small group conversations and networking with other attendees, participants and speakers.

THE PROGRAMME

World YMCA is excited to welcome eclectic and dynamic contributors from different backgrounds in the area of youth leadership, activism and climate. Interactive panel discussions and Q&A sessions, keynote speeches, conversations and dialogues all form part of the programme.

Hosted by:

Winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize, L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Honouree and Canada's Top25 Women of Influence Awardee, 19-year old youth icon Kehkashan Basu, has been impacting the global fraternity with her work on children’s rights, promoting gender equality, mitigating climate change and social upliftment. A United Nations Human Rights Champion and a National Geographic Explorer, Kehkashan is the Founder President of social innovation enterprise, Green Hope Foundation which has 2,038 youth ambassadors working in 15 countries.

Kehkashan Basu

One Young World Ambassador

Kehkashan has spoken at over 125 United Nations and other global forums including the World Bank, St Louis Climate Summit, Parliament of World's Religions, One Young World, Globe Forum and has been awarded the 2019 Innovator of the Year award for her path-breaking work on engaging marginalised children in the implementation of the SDGs. In 2013 at the age of 12, she was elected for a two-year term to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the Global Coordinator for Children & Youth and a member of its Major Groups Facilitating Committee making her the youngest person and first minor, ever, to be elected into this position in the history of UNEP. A passionate advocate of children’s rights, Kehkashan is a One Young World Ambassador, Climate Reality Leader, the Youth Ambassador of World Future Council & Honorary Advisor for the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development – New York.

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Jayathma Wickramanayake

UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Appointed as the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth in June 2017 at the age of 26. Originally from Sri Lanka, Jayathma has worked extensively on youth development and participation. 

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Carlos Madjri Sanvee

Secretary General, World YMCA

As YMCA deepens its commitment to addressing global issues, the highest level of YMCA global leadership will set the context and state the reasons for why YMCA is doing this now.

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Stefanie Tornow

Political Science Student, Climate Activist

Currently studying a Masters in Political Science, Stefanie, 24-years-old from Germany, has been an instrumental protagonist in YMCA’s Resource Group on Environment since 2015 and its UN Advocacy Group. She has attended United Nations ECOSOC Forums in New York, and COP events as part of YMCA’s delegation.

Dahni-El Giles

Founder, Uprhizer

Presenting ‘The Optimist’s Guide To The Climate Crisis: How To Do More Than Hope’ Dahni-El conveys what you need to know, what makes a difference, and what you can do. Co-founder of the Global Regeneration CoLab, and DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding platform that has directed over $875 million to US public school classrooms.

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Hemant Ya-u-thai

Volunteer, Teacher, Chiang Mai YMCA

With a PhD in Educational Administration from the North Chiang Mai University, he has been taking action on climate through YMCA Asia Pacific Alliance's Green Ambassadors programme. He has helped to build dams, encourage the use of biofuels on campuses, and helped to save mangroves through the Sao Hin YMCA.

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Oliviah Tawarar

Head of Communications, Africa Youth for Nature Network

A communication specialist passionate about environmental conservation and empowering the youth to take action. She worked at WWF Africa for a period of 8 Months and during her stay at WWF she was part of a team able to organise a successful youth conference which gave birth to Africa Youth for Nature Network. ​

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Marco Lambertini

Director General, WWF International

Having first worked with WWF as a youth volunteer in his native Italy. As the head of the largest and most respected nature conservation organization, he works with world leaders, corporate executives and civil society to forge a future in which people and nature thrive.

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Ana-Luísa Beserra

Founder & CEO, Safe Drinking Water For All

Young scientist and social entrepreneur that developed Aqualuz, the technology to treat rainwater from harvesting systems using sunlight in the world, the youngest Brazilian graduate in Leadership for New Enterprises from MIT. She won the UN Young Champions of the Earth award, and is listed as one of “20 inspiring young people in her 20" in Brazil by McKinsey & Company (2019).

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Patricia Pelton

President, World YMCA

World YMCA's first women President, Patricia, of Canada, will bring to the forefront the importance of Youth-led Solutions and look to the future, of a more just and equitable planet for all.

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Simangele Msweli

Co-Founder, South African Youth Biodiversity Network

A conservationist with experience in scientific research, policy and community engagement with a Master of Science in Biological Sciences, currently serves in the steering committee of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (a youth constituency in the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity).

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Bertine Lakjohn

Environmental Studies student, Marshall Islands

To the Marshall Islands and Kosrae the climate emergency poses severe threats to its security, human rights and way of life. Something Bertine is acutely aware of, having taken part in and led youth leadership camps and dialogues on the subject, which inspired her into taking Environmental Studies at college.

Mathilde Emilie Thue

COO, Norwegian-African Business Association

Serving as World YMCA's Strategy Committee Chair, Mathilde also led the creation of its first global environment initiative. She has taken part in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and to the UNFCCC representing Norwegian Children and Youth Council (LNU) in the Official Norwegian Delegation to the climate negotiations.

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Brónach Reilly

Student, Scotland

From Edinburgh, in Scotland, Bónach attends the George Watson’s College in Edinburgh where he is currently studying for her school exams. As well as being involved in YMCA, Brónach is a girl guide, having taken part in the International Poacher camp as well as spending summer 2019 in Switzerland with the Guides. With COP26 taking place in Glasgow next year, Brónach understands the importance of Scotlands role as host.

 
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SUMMIT SCHEDULE

Join us for two live Summit events on Monday 19 and Friday 23 October, both at 4pm Central European Summer Time (CEST), broadcast live on Hopin, our event platform, and YouTube.

 

On Hopin, at 3:30pm CEST, you can tune into the Pre-Summit session, and after at around 5:45pm CEST for the Post-Show session. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Hopin will also host exclusive session conversations for participating Solution Teams and watchback parties, as well as the release of all workshops.

MONDAY 19

All times in Central European Summer Time. All times are subject to change.
Join the Youth-Led Solutions team on Hopin for a pre-show session from 3:30pm, and post-show session roundup at 5:45pm.

4:10pm

CEST

Welcome

From World YMCA Secretary General, Carlos Madjri Sanvee, as he takes a look at how we got here, and why now is the time for the Youth-Led Solutions initiative. 

4:15pm

CEST

Meet our Host

Introducing Kehkashan Basu, One Young World Ambassador, here to guide you through everything!

4:20pm

CEST

What is the Youth-Led Solutions initiative? 

Our motion graphic explainer aims to share how it works!

4:25pm

CEST

The SDGs

Underpinning everything is the United Nations Sustainable Development goals. What are they and why are they so important?

4:30pm

CEST

Indigenous Voices

People and planet have a unique connection, and our indigenous communities share culutral background that provokes reflection.

4:35pm

CEST

WWF: New Deal for Nature  & People

We hear about from Marco  Lambertini, WWF International Director General and inspirng young leader Oliviah Tawarar, Head of Communication at the Africa Youth for Nature Network about the importance of youth leadership now and ongoing from the largest nature NGO on the planet.

4:55pm

CEST

In conversation: Youth Leadership - why this is important now? 

To the Marshall Islands and Kosrae the climate emergency poses severe threats to its security, human rights and way of life. Something our speaker, Bertine Lakjohn, is acutely aware of, having taken part in and led youth leadership camps and dialogues on the subject, she's now reading Environmental Studies.

5:05pm

CEST

The Optimist’s Guide To The Climate Crisis: How To Do More Than Hope

Dahni-El conveys what you need to know, what makes a difference, and what you can do in this interactive session.

5:20pm

CEST

Keynote

From Anna Luísa Santos, young scientist and social entrepreneur that developed Aqualuz, the first technology to treat rainwater from harvesting systems using sunlight in the world, the youngest Brazilian graduate in Leadership for New Enterprises from MIT. She won the UN Young Champions of the Earth award, and is listed as one of “20 inspiring young people in her 20" in Brazil by McKinsey & Company (2019).

5:40pm

A future with funding

Looking ahead to what future Youth-Led Solutions Summits might look like, and what it will take to get there. Plus, for participating Solution Teams, a special announcement about seed funding.

FRIDAY 23

All times in Central European Summer Time. All times are subject to change.
Join the Youth-Led Solutions team on Hopin for a pre-show session from 3:30pm, and post-show session roundup at 5:45pm.

4:10pm

CEST

Welcome

From World YMCA President, Patricia Pelton, as she looks ahead at a different future, and a world filled with youth-driven ideas and solutions.

4:15pm

CEST

Meet our Host

Welcome back to Kehkashan Basu, One Young World Ambassador, here to guide you through everything!

4:20pm

CEST

Keynote

We're extremely proud to welcome the United Nations Envoy on Youth, after her inaugral YMCA keynote at YMCA175, Jayathma has gone on to visit a number of YMCA initiatives around the world.

4:35pm

CEST

Live Q&A

Following her keynote talk, Jayathma will be available to take audience questions, moderated by UN Advocacy Group member  Stefanie Tornow.

4:50pm

CEST

Panel: Youth Leadership

and Climate Action

Our flagship panel will bring together bright young minds from Norway, Marshall Islands, South Africa, Chiang Mai and Brazil. All our speakers are at different stages of their leadership journey, but have taken the first steps to take action in creating a more just and equitable world for all. 

Following the panel discussion, questions are invited from the audience.

5:20pm

CEST

Behind the scenes

For two weeks to this point, hundreds of young leaders have been meeting in-person or virtually around the world, discussing problems, creating solutions, participating in workshops and online forums to cultivate ideas to address critical issues in their community. We take a look into some of the beind the scenes conbersations that have been taking place. 

5:23pm

CEST

In conversation: Meet the Solution Teams

Meet two participants from Solution Teams around the world, and hear about the work they have been progressing.

4:40pm

CEST

Looking ahead

The next 12 months are critical. Not just for young people, for solutions and ideas, to problem solve and create change, but for our planet. Big decisions, and bigger commitments need to be made by our world leaders. 

We round out the Summit - with a look ahead at whats to come in the next 12 months.

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