February 4, 2010

Youth Forum 2010 – Young Adults 4 New Results

Climate change is a global challenge that concerns young people as much as it concerns the older generation. Climate change already has an impact on the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, destroying livelihoods, exacerbating conflict and claiming lives. Nowadays, we can no longer solve the climate challenge separately from each other, be it across nations, across religions, across sectors or across generations. It is of the utmost importance that we as the young generation have a real say in the climate debate and take action!

On 28 June – 1 July 2010 the Global Humanitarian Forum (GHF), a Geneva based international organization personally led by Kofi Annan, will host its second annual Youth Forum entitled Youth Forum 2010 – Young Adults 4 New Results. Youth Forum 2010 will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, and the overarching title of the event will be “Generations Taking on the Climate Challenge”.

Youth Forum 2010 will be held simultaneously and interlinked with the GHF’s high-level centerpiece event, the 2010 Forum. Consequently, attendees of Youth Forum 2010 will engage in dialogue and interact with GHF’s high-level participants.

During the four days of Youth Forum 2010, you will have a chance to:
- Share your expertise, experience and knowledge with interesting young adults from all over the world
- Engage in true intergenerational dialogue with high-level personalities from across global society
- Participate in discussion rounds, plenary debates, workshops and brainstorming sessions
- Listen to leading young guest speakers from various sectors
- Develop new and action-oriented initiatives with the help of a high-tech idea development tool
- Enjoy Geneva and its environment through our various social activities… and legendary parties!

150 committed and active international young adults between the ages of 18-30 will be selected as participants through an entry-competition that opened on 1 February 2010. The deadline to submit your application is 1 March 2010.

We are looking for young people from many different backgrounds! It does not matter if you are a scientist, a musician, a politician or a cook, a young professional or a student. If you are interested in the overarching topic of the event, then we are looking for you!
To join the entry-competition for Youth Forum 2010 - Young Adults 4 New Results, please answer ONE of the following questions with the media you prefer: a text, a video, an audio file, the website you created, photos… Your choice!
  • Climate – Energy – Human Security: How are you engaged in one or more of these key words?
  • What impact has climate change had on you, your family or your community?
  • What is your practical and/or innovative solution to tackle the climate challenge?
  • How are you active in the field of climate change?
There will be no participation fee for the Youth Forum 2010. The GHF’s Youth Forum does not sponsor participants with regards to any additional costs related to the attendance to Youth Forum 2010. However, the GHF’s Youth Forum reserves the right to sponsor some participants on a case by case basis.

To learn more and apply for Youth Forum 2010, check out the website http://www.ghfyouthforum.org/, read the conditions and fill out the online application form.

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