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Learn more about GYBN youth involvement in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

GYBN Engagement in the CBD

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The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) is the official coordination platform for youth participation of the CBD.

Recognized and supported by the CBD Secretariat, GYBN brings the voices of global youth to the negotiations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Recognition of Youth in the Global Biodiversity Policy Arena


At CBD COP-11 in Hyderabad, India, GYBN assumed its role as the official youth coordination platform for the CBD. The newly appointed Executive Secretary, Mr. Bráulio Dias reiterated the CBD Secretariat’s support for GYBN, strengthening GYBN’s position in the process.

GYBN also closely collaborated with other caucuses, NGOs and governments, accommodating the diversity of all the different youth groups and initiatives in one united voice. 

Through GYBN, young people successfully captured the attention of delegates, media and governments, advocating for stronger youth participation in biodiversity-related decision-making processes on all levels. GYBN made history at COP-11 - for the first time, youth participation was officially acknowledged for its importance in the decision-making process through COP Decision XI/8 approved and adopted by all CBD parties.


B. Children and youth

The Conference of the Parties, 

Acknowledging the importance of youth participation in decision-making process at all levels,

1. Encourages Parties and other governments to include youth fully in all relevant processes, and specifically in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and in national biodiversity strategies and action plans, as activities under the United Nations Decade for Biodiversity; and

2. Invites Parties to continue to provide support for youth initiatives and other networks that support the three objectives of the Convention, such as the Global Youth Biodiversity Network.

COP 11

Parties officially recognise youth

Since then, through the GYBN platform, young people have been experiencing great success in engaging with the negotiations at the CBD, including through:

Advocating for youth priorities to be integrated into CBD decisions


Showcasing youth-led activities and contributions to the work of the convention


Establishing partnerships with other organizations and coalitions


Organizing actions and campaigns to mobilise and engage delegates 


Establishing connections between young people and national decision-makers at all levels

Youth Priorities for the
Global Biodiversity Framework

Meaningful Youth Participation & Intergenerational Equity


Rights-based Approaches for People & Nature



(This section of the website is under construction.)

Engagement in past CBD meetings

(This section of the website is under construction.)

Bonn 2008

Nagoya 2010

Hyderabad 2012

Montreal 2014

Montreal 2014

Pyeongchang 2014

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