Discussion: The role of youth at the international level, experiences of engaged young people



Sabá LOFTUS (International Youth Council)

Sabá Loftus is an Organizing Partner for the United Nations' Major Group of Children and Youth (MGCY). Until recently, she was the Policy Advocacy Coordinator for the MGCY during the 19th UN Commission on Sustainable Development. Alongside her work within the MGCY, she has represented YOUNGO (Youth NGOs) at the UN Secretary-General 's High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF) discussions, and actively works to empower youth to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Sabá holds a Master degree in Business. She is the Director of Communications for Rio+twenties and the International Youth Council. Currently, Sabá works as consultant for UNEP as a youth editor for the GEO 5 for Youth.

Harriet JACKSON (Oikos International)

President in 2011, Harriet Jackson is now member of the executive board of Oikos International, the international student organisation for sustainable economics and management that co-organises the Student Reporter project. Prior to Oikos, she studied Government and Economics at the London School of Economics and specialised in Environmental Economics and the Economics of the European Union. Through Oikos London, Harriet became interested in how to use behavioural economics for social and environmental purposes, specifically concerning transport infrastructure and lifestyle choices, and the economics of water management. Harriet now works in sustainability strategy at Impact Economy in Lausanne, Switzerland. When not attempting to save the world through business, she enjoys playing piano and cycling.

Sylvia NAMUKASA (Kirinda Youth Environmental Management and Poverty Alleviation Programme – KYEMPAPU, Uganda)

Sylvia Namukasa is the founder and executive director of Kyempapu – the Kirinda Youth Environmental Management and Poverty Alleviation Programme in Uganda. Having worked at the Uganda National Commission for UNESCO, she represented officially her country at UNESCO Youth Forum in October 2011 (as speaker) and 2009 (as delegate) in Paris, France. She followed in 2011 a UN Training on Early-Warning Mechanisms on violence issues in Dakar, Senegal, a training facilitated by UPEACE and FAS (Femmes Africa Solidarités). Since January 2012, she is also an official trainer for Gender Mainstreaming (women as agents of change), a training funded by the Commonwealth Foundation.

Palais des Nations, UN (Geneva)

Friday, September 7, 2012 -
16:45 to 18:00

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