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Weekly News # 15 / Nektarina (S)pace May Issue coming up in five days!

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We are super excited about our Nektarina (S)pace May issue, due on April 30th. We are bringing you 200+ pages of great content and photographs, interviews and personal stories, one really great documentary and some inspiring artwork. We’ll make the magazine available on our E-Magazine tab on this website from May 1st, and, as with our previous issues, you’ll be able to read it online or download it as pdf for free, and read it offline on any pdf supporting devices. If you’d like to contribute to our upcoming issues, just drop us an email to , we would be happy to consider publishing your articles and photographs. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

‘’Young People at the Centre of Sustainable Development’’ – the theme of the 8CYMM

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Dear colleagues,
I hope you are all doing well.
I’m pleased to inform you that from 15-19 April 2013, the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) and the Government of Papua New Guinea are organising the 8th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (8CYMM) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The meeting is being held under the theme ‘’Young People at the Centre of Sustainable Development’’ and will enable Youth Ministers to explore topics related to youth development and the economic, social and political empowerment of young people. The meeting will be preceded by the Youth Leaders Forum, the Senior Officials Meeting and a Stakeholders Meeting.
I’m honored to represent the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN) at this important meeting where I will also be a speaker on April 16th during the Youth Leaders Forum on ‘’The Post-2015 Development Agenda’’ and also on April 17th during the Opening Session of the 8CYMM where I will present the theme paper ‘’Young People at the Centre of Sustainable Development’’. My speaking slot will be entitled ‘’Development Through a Youth Lens’’ and will be preceded by the Keynote to be delivered by Mr Ahmad Alhendawi, the recently appointed UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth. I’m also happy to inform you that the CYP has assigned me to write the Theme Paper of the meeting ‘’Young People at the Centre of Sustainable Development’’. The paper received contribution from many young people and CYCN members, it is now ready and available to read. Find it online at This is the first time that a young person writes and will present the theme paper of the CYMM, taking place every 4 years. I would also like to require your support, mostly by promoting the event online (on Facebook or Twitter using the hastag #CYMM and #CYCN, etc) in order to inform as many Commonwealth youth as possible about this key opportunity we all have to enhance youth development and empowerment. Let me know if you have any question. You can learn more about the 8CYMM at: Thank you for being so supportive and let’s be in touch ! Jean Paul
Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network [CYCN]
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7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns

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  Get set to join over 200 leading international experts in the field of local sustainability at Geneva 2013, from 17 – 19 April! 30 Break-out sessions will focus on the most pressing topics facing European cities, including climate adaptation and local resilience, sustainable procurement, developing zero carbon communities, funding sustainable actions, the Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities, transport and land use, urban water management and biodiversity as a means to stimulate the green economy in cities. Space is limited – register now to benefit from the insight and knowledge of more than 150 European and international experts. Workshops on-site provide the opportunity to gain practical insight into a range of sustainable areas in Geneva. These workshops are almost full – take this opportunity to secure your place in the one that most appeals to you! We are pleased to share with you the Final Invitation to the conference, which contains all the latest information on the conference programme, Break-out Sessions, Workshops on-site, social events, confirmed speakers and much more. For more information and how to register, follow the link:  
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Weekly News # 8 / Introduction to Sustainability (online course)

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  This course introduces the academic discipline of sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations.
This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history.
This subject is of vital importance, seeking as it does to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of all the peoples of the planet. As sustainability is a cross-disciplinary field of study, this foundation requires intellectual breadth: as I describe it in the class text, understanding our motivations requires the humanities, measuring the challenges of sustainability requires knowledge of the sciences (both natural and social), and building solutions requires technical insight into systems (such as provided by engineering, planning, and management).
More information and how to sign up (it’s free):
NB We shared insights from this course on numerous posts last year. We feel it’s great that they are repeating the course for all those who missed it.

Join Google+ Hangout on youth migration and development

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(shared post) As part of on-going activities for the forthcoming UN World Youth Report 2013, the UN Focal Point on Youth is organizing a Google+ Hangout on 6 March at 11:00 am EST on the UN Google+ Account, featuring key experts on youth migration and development. Under the overarching theme “Youth migration and development: towards sustainable solutions”, the web-based event will offer an opportunity for youth, the UN and Member States to discuss the issue of youth migration and development. Youth will have the opportunity to ask questions related to strategies for enhancing the development potential of youth migration while mitigating associated risk in the migration process (i.e. pre-departure/departure, in-transit, arrival, post arrival, return or no return). It also aims to explore the nexus between youth migration and key issues such as access to basic social services, social integration, remittances, migrant rights, the post-2015 development agenda and environmental change. “The phenomenon of migration has profound impact on young people as well as origin, transit and destination countries. We need to work together to enhance the development potential of youth migration while mitigating its risk. I encourage young people and other relevant stakeholders to participate and submit questions for the panellists to answer live in this upcoming Google+ Hangout,” said Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. The Google+ Hangout will also feature a 20-minute live Q&A session with the panelists. Tweet your questions for panelists to @UN4Youth using #youthmigration, post your questions on the UNyouthyear Facebook page or submit your questions on the UN World Youth Report web platform. This particular Google+ Hangout is aimed at young people (15-35 years of age), as well as members of Permanent Missions, UN staff, the private sector, academia and civil society organizations, interested and working in the field of youth migration and development. For further information on the UN World Youth Report Google+ Hangout, please visit: or email the UN Focal Point on Youth at with the subject line: Youth Migration Google+ Hangout.

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Weekly News # 6 / The “Open Competition” – First Youth Sustainable Summit in Berlin (may 2013)

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    (shared post)   Dear colleagues,
If you know people (from all over the world!) between 15 and 25 years old, don’t hesitate to share this information with them! It’s a great opportunity for them to make everyone know their ideas about sustainability and to assist to the First Youth Sustainable Summit in may 2013 in Berlin (one week – the stay in Berlin will be paid by youthinkgreen !!). Please note that there are only two more weeks to go for the “Open Competition”. So, please spread the word !   
We are happy to inform you that youthinkgreen – jugend denkt um.welt calls for an “Open Competition”. With this competition we would like to invite young people dedicated to environmental protection and sustainable ways of living from all over the world to the 1st World Youth Sustainability Summit in Berlin (10. – 20.05.2013).   
The Summit will revolve around the evocative theme of “Youth and Sustainability in Everyday Life – Challenge, Reflect on and Develop New Ways of Living” seen as a great, worldwide challenge and collective task. More than 150 young people from industrialised, emerging and developing countries will come to Berlin to participate in the conference, along with top-class speakers from the scientific, cultural, economic, political and media world to analyse, question and develop the topic through speeches, discussions as well as various workshops. The objective is to draft a common position paper in which the young people from the whole world will develop collective suggestions, impulses and demands for a more responsible future by which they will stand.  Sounds interesting? It surely is! Find the attached invitation with all important details for the “Open Competition” and apply till February, the 28th 2013.  Join the call on Facebook:
We would look forward to your submission!    
Further information? Visit our homepage: Questions? Write us an email: 
Find us also on Facebook and Twitter under _youthinkgreen!    
What is youthinkgreen? youthinkgreen – jugend denkt um.welt is an international educational youth initiative and trains about 220 teenagers from 10 industrialised, emerging and developing countries to become climate ambassadors. The initiative works with the local youth to develop concepts tackling environmental/sustainable problems in their local area. These concepts then result in the creation of local sustainability projects, which ultimately aim at mobilising a growing sustainability movement. 
Núria Mitjans 
Intern youthinkgreen – jugend denkt um.welt e.V. 
Strausberger Platz 5 10243 Berlin Germany 
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Weekly News #5 / Join the E-discussion: 4 February – 1 March Environmental Sustainability for the World We Want: Moving From the MDGs to Post-2015

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The UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda has proposed that environmental sustainability be one of the four core dimensions in a post-2015 development agenda, along with inclusive social development, inclusive economic development, and peace and security.  Based on this and the outcomes of Rio+20, there is growing consensus that the post-2015 development agenda will need to apply an integrated approach that includes environmental sustainability as a central component if we are to achieve the future we want.You are cordially invited to join us in this e-discussion “Environmental Sustainability for the World We Want: Moving From the MDGs to Post-2015”, and help to define how best to reflect environmental sustainability in the post-2015 agenda. 
This e-discussion is part of the first phase of the global thematic consultation on environmental sustainability which aims to look broadly at what we have learned from the Millennium Development Goals and to bring forward new thinking and experiences related to integrated approaches that link economic, social and environmental sustainability and touch on cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, human rights, young people, inequalities and the partnerships necessary to make progress.  Building upon the 90 discussion notes that have been received, this first e-discussion provides an additional opportunity for people from around the world to help frame the priorities for the dialogue moving forward. The discussion will address the questions outlined below.
We invite you to participate in your preferred language, to share your views, experiences and questions with citizens from all over the world.
We encourage you to review the Framing Paper for background information to help in thinking about the following questions that will be discussed over the next four weeks:
Week 1: Capitalizing on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and MDG7 Achievements and Addressing the Gaps 1.        How and to what extent can we build on lessons learned from MDG7’s achievement in developing our post-2015 development agenda? 2.        How can the post-2015 agenda address any gaps related to environmental sustainability in the overall MDG framework?
Week 2:  Addressing Development Challenges in a Changing World 1.        Which global trends and uncertainties may influence how environmental sustainability is framed in the international development agenda over the next 10-30 years? 2.        What new elements and considerations would need to be incorporated into the post-2015 agenda for it to be environmentally sustainable and adequately capture the essence of the world’s evolving development/financial/social/ economic/ environmental/etc challenges?
Week 3: Framing Environmental Sustainability in the Post-2015 Agenda 1.        In the spirit of the outcomes of Rio+20, what are the barriers and enablers to gradually moving towards environmental sustainability? 2.        Building on the MDGs and the outcomes of Rio+20, how would you envisage a conceptual framework for the post-2015 agenda that can help drive a transition to an environmentally sustainable future? What are the key characteristics?
Week 4: Consensus and Divergence 1.        What are the topic areas where a consensus is evolving and where further dialogue is needed?
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