The world is facing a mounting crisis. In recent years we have experienced a combination of a global financial crisis, a food crisis, accelerating ecosystem degradation, an increasing number of climate-induced extreme weather events and crises of social structures. These multiple and inter-related crises call into question the ability of a growing human population to live peacefully and sustainably on this planet, and demand the urgent attention governments and citizens around the world. Sustainable development cannot be achieved by governments alone, it requires broad public participation and local actions. Therefore participation and input of civil society, especially children and youth, are of great importance.

International Organisational Committee (representatives from 10 countries- UK, France, Holland, Italy, Belgium, Estonia, Latvia, Moldova, Turkey and Russia), led by Sillamäe Society for Child Welfare will conduct from 19.07 – 24.07, in Tallinn, European Youth Meeting for Sustainable Development 2011 (EYM2011). The Meeting promotes fair and green economy and the involvement of young people in sustainable development. The Meeting has two main results:

  • A general political statement
  • Specific local level initiatives.

During the European Youth Meeting on Sustainable development in 2011, we want to mobilise youth voices and insights on the fair and green economy from a European perspective. The main work of the programme will be conducted in working groups, where the participants will stay for the duration of the Meeting. The groups are divided according to 7 sub-themes of Fair and Green Economy, namely natural resources, education for sustainable development, urban development, waste management, agriculture, social wellbeing and renewable energy. Combined, these themes will form the European youth view on the fair and green economy that will be finalised as the policy statement provisionally called “European Youth for Sustainable Development”.

The main focus of European Youth Meeting for Sustainable Development 2011 can be summed up as Fair and Green Economy. The Meeting serves as preparation for the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 and the Green Economy in the context of Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development, simply put ‘a fair and green economy’ is one of the key themes to be addressed by the UN Conference.

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