The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) is extremely proud to announce that our network is going to organize the 2020 Global Youth Biodiversity Summit in Miyazaki and would like to invite applications from young people who are interested in participating.
The Youth Summit will take place from 20 to 26 April in Miyazaki, Japan and will bring together up to 230 youth from all over the world to connect, collaborate, and share experiences about our work and interest in biodiversity conservation.
(Please note that arrivals and departures will be arranged on 19 April and 27 April).
The goals of the 2020 Global Youth Biodiversity Summit in Miyazaki are:
Bring together youth from around the world who are active in biodiversity
Consolidate a youth position for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework
Work together to create plans of action to strengthen the youth roadmap for this decade and beyond
Kick-start a youth-led implementation action plan for 2020-2030 to support the framework
Celebrate 10 years of youth engagement in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and United Nations Decade on Biodiversity
GYBN hopes that this Youth Summit will help to further mobilize, empower and coordinate young people and youth organizations that are working for Biodiversity.
As part of the preparatory process for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework that is expected to be adopted at the UN Biodiversity Conference in October 2020 held in Kunming, China, the 2020 Global Youth Biodiversity Summit in Miyazaki comes at a critical moment: 2020 is widely perceived as a “super year for Biodiversity” and presents a once-in-a-decade opportunity to change the course of biodiversity conservation around the world and to establish young people as changemakers for youth-led implementation actions.
The deadline for applications is 5 February 2020 at 23:59 PST (Pacific Standard Time).
1. Must be an active member or coordinator of a youth organization/network/community that is working on Biodiversity on the local/national/regional/international level.
NOTE: youth members must be between 18-30 years old and youth coordinators must be between 18-35 years old
2. Committed to biodiversity conservation with a strong background of engagement.
3. Must commit to sharing knowledge and implementing outcomes gained from the Summit.
SUPPORT FOR PARTICIPANTS
Youth from developing countries and, subject to availability of resources, other youth in need of assistance may be eligible to receive support from the organizers for the costs of transportation to/from Miyazaki, accommodations, meals and/or other relevant expenses.
If you can cover the costs of your participation from other sources (e.g. through your organizations or by a local or national government), you are welcome to apply, indicating that you would like to attend the summit as a self-funded participant. If you are interested in participating as a self-funded participant or if you have any other questions, please write to and cc it to .
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS
• Fill out the online application form: (the time to apply has run out)
• Digital copy of CV (submit it through the form)
• Digital copy of Passport (submit it through the form)
• Short Video (submit it through the form)
We look forward to receiving your applications and seeing you in Miyazaki!
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Applications must be submitted in English. Applications submitted in another language will not be considered. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.
The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) is an international network of 340 youth organizations, representing more than 680,000 youth from 145 countries whose common goal is to prevent the loss of biodiversity. GYBN represents the voice of global youth in the negotiations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), raises awareness among young people of the values of biodiversity, and connects individuals and youth organizations in order to build a global coalition to halt the loss of biodiversity.
As the official coordination platform for youth participation in the negotiations under the CBD, GYBN is committed to bringing the opinions and positions of young people into the political process, empowering young people to take action. Recognized and supported by the CBD Secretariat, GYBN seeks to inspire global youth and future leaders to work for the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity for a healthy environment and society.
GYBN was created as the result of an international initiative by young people who participated in CBD COP10 in 2010, and was officially established in 2012.
The network is coordinated by an international steering committee and is entirely run by young people for young people.