The Commonwealth Youth Climate Network (CYCN) was at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference

Like was the case at the 17th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP17) in Durban, South Africa, the Commonwealth Youth Climate Network (CYCN) has sent a youth delegation to attend the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development ( which took place from June 20th to 22nd in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The conference arrived many days before the High-level segment of the conference in order to join a series of youth-led events and other related activities starting mostly on June 6th. The youth delegation in Brazil has the following members:

Mr. Chola Simwanza (Zambia)
Ms. Raquel Woods (Australia)
Mr. Simon Matafai (New Zealand)
Ms. Anam Gill (Pakistan)
Mr. Jean Paul Brice Affana (Cameroon)
Ms. Slater Jewell-Kemker (Canada)

Apart their role to support the work of the Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) the youth delegates have organized their main activity in a form of a side event entitled ‘’Achieving a sustainable future in Rio: what can do a ‘’Blue Economy’’?. The event was held on 17th June from 19:30pm to 21:00pm at Rio Centro, the conference venue. The delegation also participates in many other activities run by civil society organizations, governments and United Nations agencies. It was the case with the 6th World Youth Congress organized by Peace Child Iinternational; the Youth Blast (known as the official Rio+20 youth conference); the Rio+20 Third Preparatory Committee and the Rio+20 Dialogue Days from 17th to 19th June. Some of the delegates also joined the People’s Summit from 15th to 23rd June at Aterro de Flamengo while one of them has been at the TEDx Rio+20 on the theme ‘’Concentration of thoughts from diverse knowledge areas to understand and analyze Human Power‘’.

Given the role played by some of them and the Commonwealth youth in the implementation of the Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest, the delegation has been collaborating closely with the organizers and winners of that contest in Rio de Janeiro. The Commonwealth Youth Climate Network (CYCN)’s delegation at Rio+20 has also supported a group of youth from the United Kingdom to organize ”London+20” on June 5th from 10am to 5pm at the British Youth Council in London. The event was organized to build the knowledge of youth from the UK on Rio+20 and also hear from their expectations towards Rio+20. More information about the successfully event as one of the milestone events prior to Rio+20 could be found at

The CYCN delegation at Rio+20 was funded by the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) with technical support from the Commonwealth Secretariat and its Economic Affairs Division. That is one of the reasons why the youth delegates met in Rio with one of the Deputy Secretaries-General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Mr. Ransford Smith, during a side event on Small Islands developing States and Ocean Governance organized by the secretariat on June 20th at Rio Centro.

By , July 10, 2012 7:58 pm

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