Photos taken during CITES Cop17 and the Youth Forum VIP Event in Johannesburg, South Africa September 2016
Y4WC promotes youth engagement and leadership within policy making processes at the international level. With the generous support of the CITES Secretariat, the governments of the United States and South Africa, a Youth Resolution was introduced by one of our founding Youth Delegates during the CITES CoP17. In this resolution (Resolution Conf. 17.5) we called upon parties to acknowledge that today’s youth will one day be in decision-making positions and that we as youth, coming of age in a generation different to those before it, can contribute different skills and opinions to wildlife conservation today to ensure that wildlife trade is legal and sustainable. We encourage Parties and observer organizations to include youth delegates on official delegations and provide learning opportunities during CITES meetings.
We aim to bridge the gap between existing and future policy makers and grassroots conservationists so a new generation of doers and thinkers can contribute to effective policy and management of wildlife that translates to practical, grassroot conservation efforts on the ground. Finally, we invite Parties and the CITES Secretariat to work alongside us to achieve these aims.
Youth forum 2016 link