Experience Youth at GLF Bonn 2018

They are our future leaders, the ‘next generation,’ the optimistic visionaries disrupting systems to change things their own way; they are the youth who will take the stage at GLF Bonn 2018 to share, provoke and inspire ways to change the world – and change it now. This is your ultimate guide for youth-led and youth-centered activities at GLF Bonn 2018.



9:00-9:30: Power Landscape

Location: Action Pavilion (Ground floor)

9:30-10:00: Food for Thought Not for the Bin

Location: Action Pavilion (Ground floor)

10:30-11:00: Mentor – Mentee Networking

Location: Structured Networking Space (Ground floor)

This session is designed to spark inter-generational dialogue and learning between mentors and mentees participating in the Youth in Landscapes Mentoring Programme.

11:45-12:30: Youth Plenary “Creating Our Shared Future”

On the roster is Lawrence Afere, who’s empowering Nigerian women and changing the country’s food system and Fe Cortez, whose market-savvy company Menos 1 Lixo is inspiring people worldwide to reduce their plastic waste, one utensil at a time.

Celebrate with the Youth in Landscapes Initiative as it signs the first ever Memorandum of Understanding with GLF on-stage at the youth plenary. The signing will mark 5-years of partnership and a commitment to an even brighter, shared future.

12:45-14:00: So you think you’re a landscape leader 

Location: Learning Pavilion

Join us in this exciting launch of the GLF Landscape Academy – an online set of learning resources for landscape leadership, finance, and governance. Get a sneak peek to the Landscape Leadership course by experiencing an instructive workshop.

16:00-17:30: The Future of AFR100, Restoration Opportunities for Young People

Location: New York

This side-event will discuss youth participation in AFR100 and how to enable young people to benefit from implementing FLR in terms of job opportunities and economic perspectives, giving a voice to young people from Africa and linking them to the global restoration agenda.

18:00-19:30: Re-thinking Limitations, Combined efforts to reach the 2030 Agenda 

Location: Addis Abebe

Hear the stories of young people who are disrupting systems to create change and join this interactive discussion forum which challenges you to go outside of the box.


9:00-9:30: Power Landscape (ACTION Pavilion)

The GLF’s focus on youth is one of its defining factors and its partnership with the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) has been key. Without empowered young people leading the charge, sustainable development will never be achieved. This is why YIL was launched in 2013 and has since brought together 20,000 young people from across sectors and the globe.


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UN Youth Forum Through the GLF Lens – Heading to New York!

For the average person, the United Nations likely conjures up images of renowned state leaders and high-level forums with experienced (old) attendees. Next week, the UN is calling in a new crowd and partnering with youth leaders to present the UN ECOSOC Youth Forum #YOUTH2030.

This year’s UN Youth Forum is centered on “the role of youth in building sustainable and resilient urban communities” will be held in New York from January 30-31. The Forum provides a platform for youth to discuss policy frameworks, promote innovative approaches and initiatives, and contribute to reviewing progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.


As the GLF Youth Coordinator, I will be heading to New York to cover the event and further collaboration among young people creating solutions for sustainable landscapes. The two-day event is filled with landscape relevant sessions and opportunities to exchange views and ideas on how to strengthen resilience and sustainable development.

I will be in and around everywhere – moderating sessions, delivering a keynote address, interviewing individuals, and sharing my insights online! Which really means this is your chance to get an inside look at the forum.

Join the online Facebook chat for updates and Feb 1st at 9 AM EST where I’ll be answering all your questions: https://www.facebook.com/events/163145560990027/

Some interesting sessions to look to:

Day 1 – Jan 30th

  • 10:00 AM: Opening Session
    • Opening remarks by the Deputy Secretary General of the UN, President of the General Assembly, President of ECOSOC, and others.
    • I will be delivering the Keynote Address and speaking to a few truths about young people and what it takes to achieve transformational change.
  • 3:00 PM: Sustainable Development Goal 15 – “Life on Land” Breakout session
    • An opportunity to share critical and reflective analysis and experiences of young people working to sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt land degradation and biodiversity loss.
    • This session is co-moderated by myself through the International Forestry Students’ Association and the Global Youth Biodiversity Network.

Day 2 – Jan 31st

  • 3:00 PM Plenary Session – Interactive Roundtable on Financing Youth Development
    • We’re going to hear about how to promote development policies in support of youth initiatives and their contributions to the 2030 Agenda.
  • 4:00 PM – SDG Media Zone Interview
    • I will be interviewing the President of the General Assembly and the President of ECOSOC live! This is a chance to hear how insights from the Forum will be taken forward to action.

Let’s make our voices heard!