17th-24th August 2019    Geneva, Switzerland

17th-24th August 2019

Geneva, Switzerland

The Youth for Wildlife Conservation Forum at CITES CoP18 

To fully engage and empower early-career wildlife conservationists in the CITES processes we are organizing the Youth for Wildlife Conservation Delegation. We aim to bridge the gap between existing and future policymakers as well as grassroots conservationists, catalysing a new generation of wildlife conservation leaders committed to effective policy and management of wildlife that translates to practical, grassroot conservation efforts on the ground.  This is an event no to be missed.



3rd March 2018   New York, US

3rd March 2018

New York, US

WWD 2019: sharing conservation solutions for leatherback sea turtles and all marine species at the UNHQ

“The time for being tempered has passed. We have had drastic negative effects on the oceans, now is a time for drastic change.” Callie Veelenturf, Y4WC ambassador at the United Nations HQ.

Callie, an early-career marine conservation biologist and Y4WC Ambassador who is working to save vulnerable populations of leatherback sea turtles across the world, took her message and actions to the United Nations HQ in New York. Speaking up for marine species and sharing conservation solutions, together, we furthered our mission of youth engagement and empowerment in wildlife conservation, policy and practice.


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11th-12th October 2018   London, UK

11th-12th October 2018

London, UK

Youth perspective on Illegal Wildlife Trade at London's Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference

Hosted by the UK government, this landmark international conference on illegal wildlife trade (IWT) brought together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction. Y4WC teamed up with the organizers of the conference, to give our network of early-career conservationists a unique opportunity and a chance to actively participate in the event.

Not only did we take a delegation of national and international youth to observe the conference sessions and witness global policy in action, we also organized a side event at the conference on the 11th of October at 4:45 pm. Our panel discussion explored young people’s roles and perspectives on illegal wildlife trade. #EndWildlifeCrime


1st- 5th October 2018   Sochi, Russia

1st- 5th October 2018

Sochi, Russia

Countries commitments to wildlife conservation and youth empowerment on the agenda at the 70th CITES Standing Committee meeting

Over 700 representatives from more than 80 countries and over 100 IGOs and NGOs, and of course Josephine and Cécile from Y4WC, gathered to see parties agree on concrete measures to achieve compliance with CITES’ international wildlife trade regulations (oh and youth engagement and empowerment was on the agenda of course)!

“From African rosewood, sei whales, pangolins to elephants, many compliance issues were brought up and we witnessed heated discussions and debates. One of the breakthroughs? The “introduction from the sea” of sei whales (considered international trade under CITES) by Japan was determined to have major commercial motivations (and not for scientific research as claimed!) - now let’s hope that Japan’s remedial actions, to be assessed in May 2019, are swift and adequate!” - Cécile Tang.


3rd March 2018   Global + New York, US

3rd March 2018

Global + New York, US

Why should we care about Big Cats? Our network’s conservation action on World Wildlife Day 2018

For a second year now, Y4WC partnered with CITES and the United Nations to celebrate World Wildlife Day. 2018s theme: 'Big Cats: Predators Under Threat.' 

Highlighting the role of young conservationsts in big cat conservation, we sent a delegate to the UN WWD Celebrations in New York, and hosted a roundtable in partnership with the Global Landscapes Forum . 

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27th November -  1st December 2017   Geneva, Switzerland

27th November -
1st December 2017

Geneva, Switzerland

Advocating for Youth Engagement and Empowerment at the 69th CITES Standing Committee meeting

Along with our intervention, Y4WC also submitted an information document outlining our engagement with CITES processes so far and providing a summary of our 'Millennials in Wildlife Conservation, Project Report'. It gives practical suggestions to organizations, governmental institutions and all those involved in engaging youth in conservation worldwide with a basis for constructive discussions around youth engagement, in order to ensure that young people are able to participate fully and effectively in all aspects of the conservation field. 

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23rd - 27th July 2017   Cartagena, Colombia

23rd - 27th July 2017

Cartagena, Colombia

Millennial engagement in conservation at the International Congress for Conservation Biology 2017

To champion young people in conservation two members of the Y4WC network travelled to the Cartagena, Colombia to take part in the panel discussion “Millennial Conservation: How Today Youth Will Shape Tomorrow Conservation”.
We also proudly presented our poster based on our project report entitled; Millennial Engagement in Wildlife Conservation: motivation, challenges and opportunities of youth globally. 

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19th -22rd April 2017   Dulwich, UK

19th -22rd April 2017

Dulwich, UK

The Power of Positivity: Y4WC at Conservation Optimism

'Budding and perennial conservationists need to feel inspired and continue in the profession, not put off by pessimism.' 

For too long news about nature and the environment has focused on negative stories and spiralling statistics, it is time for a new narrative.  Conservation works and there are many positive stories out there. The #ConservationOptimism movement is spearheading this change and Y4WC is right along with it. At the gathering, 6 members of the Y4WC network presented a interactive workshop on the importance of diversity in conservation for positive change and a better world.

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3rd March 2018   Global + New York, USA

3rd March 2018

Global + New York, USA

'Listen to the Young Voices' Y4WC at the United Nations HQ, celebrating World Wildlife Day 2017

A core belief of Y4WC is that the world should ‘Listen to the young voices’ not simply because youth are underrepresented in conservation and international conventions, but because we are already making positive impacts in our communities and may have new solutions and perspectives on conservation matters. As well as our global campaign Y4WC member Swetha represented Y4WC at the United Nations HQ in New York.

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2nd - 17th December 2016   Cancun, Mexico

2nd - 17th December 2016

Cancun, Mexico

Youth empowerment at Convention on Biological Diversity CoP13

The CBD is a multilateral treaty whose objective is to develop national strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. 4 members of the Y4WC network headed to Cancun for CoP13, there they learnt learn how young conservationists can be more involved in the global negotiations that affect us all, networking with practitioners, policy makers and other early-career conservationists from across the world.

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19th -24th September 2016   Johannesburg, South Africa

19th -24th September 2016

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Youth Forum for People and Wildlife at CITES CoP17

Through interactive workshops, field visits and lively debates, 34 early-career conservation delegates discussed issues and solutions related to wildlife conservation, animal welfare and trade in endangered species. Joining them were 1300+ virtual participants from around the world tuning in online.

Taking place a week before the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (also known as CITES CoP17), in Johannesburg, South Africa, South Africa, the forum was the perfect opportunity to cultivate youth engagement with CITES parties and representatives.  

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