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Youth Commemoration of the 
World Environment Day 2024

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in March 2019, through intergovernmental resolution A/RES/73/2841, proclaimed 2021-2030 as the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (hereafter UN Decade), “with the aim of supporting and scaling up efforts to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide and raise awareness of the importance of successful ecosystem restoration”.

Pursuant to the resolution, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations - the lead agencies for the UN Decade - prepared a Strategy for the Decade that was launched in September 2020. The Strategy reflected inputs from virtual and on-ground youth consultations in 21+ countries, which were carried out throughout 2019 and 2020 via a Youth Paper on Ecosystem Restoration. The Strategy elaborated on the need and intention to actively engage youth groups.

Visit the webpage of Restoration Decade

#GenerationRestoration: A Youth Call to Action
The designated space for children and youth in the governance of the United Nations Restoration Decade

The #GenerationRestoration Youth Task Force will facilitate formal youth engagement in the context of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. As a self-organized space of and for young people, the Task Force will engage directly in the governance of the Decade to ensure co-creation and focus on youth issues. Read the TOR designed by youth and approved by the UN below!

Expertise and areas of focus of Task Force entities

We welcome a range of experiences and expertise in the Youth Task Force. The Task Force, in addition to being balanced in terms of gender, region and representation of minority groups, aims to comprise youth from various backgrounds. These factors can include, inter alia,

  • Research/academia

  • Action portfolio, including on-ground action

  • Policy expertise

  • Entrepreneur / young workforce

  • From a range of thematic focuses inter alia resilience, sustainable development, economic aspect, energy, sustainability, social dimension, humanitarian groups etc.

  • Range of groups, including informal youth groups of various scopes: grassroots, regional, international, etc.

  • From person-centric and marginalised youth groups inter alia Indigenous youth, young migrants, refugees, young persons with disabilities, young people living with HIV, young people facing work and descent based discrimination, etc.

  • Youth who have not previously engaged in the UN system /international processes together with youth with previous experiences

  • Youth on frontline of degraded ecosystems, especially young people from climate vulnerable countries

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