Day 7 at CSD-19

Today’s most interesting event was a side event hosted by the UN Programme on Youth (UNPY) and the Major Group for Children and Youth will host a side event on Youth Participation: guarding the needs of current and future generations, in the context of the Commission on Sustainable Development and the International Year of Youth.

All speakers spoke without notes (always nice, but very rare at the UN). They talked about the importance of Youth involvement in CSD and Rio+20, discussed how to include children in the whole process, explained the responsibilities of being a youth delegate on a government delegation, and made a plea for raising awareness about Rio+20.

I guess the latter will be my job when I get back to the UK.

Oh, and those negotiations? All going painfully slow. The ‘average’ speed seems to be dealing with 3 paragraphs ( including subparagraphs) in about 3 h. They’ve got a long, long way to go yet…….


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