November 28, 2012

Youth Encountering Environmental Human Rights

We invite you to apply for the study session “Youth Encountering Environmental Human Rights” (24.02.-02.03.2013) that will take place at the European Youth Centre in Budapest.

This study session aims to promote active youth participation in environmental human rights education and peaceful activism. We have prepared this activity for youth workers, educators, activists- anyone interested to explore the topic of environmental human rights, willing to share their histories of participation and learn new ways of engaging in local and global environmental matters. 

“All over the world, people are experiencing the effects of ecosystem decline, from water shortages to fish kills and landslides on deforested slopes. The victims of environmental degradation tend to belong to more vulnerable sectors of the society —racial and ethnic minorities and the poor—who regularly carry a disproportionate burden of such abuse. Increasingly, many basic human rights are being placed at risk, as the right to health is affected by the contamination of resources, or the right to property and culture compromised by commercial intrusion into indigenous lands. Human rights activism presents a significant opportunity to address the human consequences of environmental degradation and can serve as a catalyst for inspiring ideas and action in the real world ” 

IYNF finds it essential to empower young people to defend their rights and the rights of the communities that are affected by abuse of local ecosystems and climate change. We believe that human rights education plays an important role in exploring the interdependencies of rights and links between environmental degradation and human rights. Thus this course! 

During this study session we also want to build a network of young people willing to multiply their knowledge and create follow-up initiatives and projects in the field of human rights education, environmental education, education for sustainable development and youth participation internationally and in their local communities. 

If so far it all sounds exciting and you would like to apply, there is certain criteria you have to fulfill before you click on the application link. 

Applicants for this SS should be: 
· 18-30 years old (with some exceptions over 30); 
· Residing in one of member states of Council of Europe; 
· Volunteering, working/ actively hanging out in youth/environmental or both field organizations; 
· With previous experience in fields of youth work/environmental human rights/human rights/ environmental activism; 
· Willing to multiply their learning by passing it to others through projects and incentives; 
· Eager to learn, actively participate, share and contribute. 

There is participation fee of Euro 50, however all your visa and travel, accommodation and board costs are 100% covered!

We will notify only accepted applicants of selection results by 7th of January the latest. 

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If you have any further questions, please contact Ilze Jece-


  1. Can a Pakistani girl apply for this?

  2. Participants must reside in one of member states of the Council of Europe. Pakistan is not in the Council of Europe.

  3. I have one question about filling application form. There was one question "I would like to contribute to SS with". What do you mean with this? What to write there?

  4. We cannot provide consultations on application! It's just a blog! Please ask the organizers.