Role of youth in environmental protection in focus of the UN-supported forum in Baku

Baku Congress Centre hosts a National Youth Forum on environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,. Baku, 5 June 2018 Photo: UNO Baku

BAKU, 5 June 2018 – A national youth forum on environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has brought together over 200 young Azerbaijani activists to discuss the role of youth in environmental protection.

The event, organized by the IDEA Public Union, the United Nations Office in Azerbaijan, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and the Youth Foundation under the President of Azerbaijan, also aims to raise youth awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and increase their role in the implementation of the Agenda 2030.

“We believe that the goals of the 2030 Agenda adopted by 193 world leaders at the UN Summit three years ago, creates a framework in which we can, and must, engage youth and place them at the centre of our global efforts to achieve these goals, including in the field of environmental protection,” Edward Carwardine, UN Resident Coordinator a.i. in Azerbaijan, said in his opening speech.

Founder of the IDEA Public Union and FAO Goodwill Ambassador, Leyla Aliyeva, and Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Mukhtar Babayev, also addressed the participants of the event.

The forum includes three panel discussions with presentations from national and international experts on the role of youth in tackling climate change, preserving biodiversity and ensuring the use of sustainable energy.

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