Friday, March 19, 2010

Youth Participation at the 5th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, Parma part VI

The 11th of March was the big day for the whole youth network, because we had the opportunity to participate in panel session and to ask questions from ministers. Also after the success of the 10th with the side event, on the 11th we took part in another side event with World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Cefic (chemical industry). In the morning sessions on CEHAPE started at 8:30 with the announcement of the winners of CEHAPE Best Practice Awards. After this NGOs and the youth had the chance to ask questions directly to the ministers who signed up for this session, so we asked about mobility in Austria, health care in Norway and education. The stakeholder session aimed to point out how collaboration between civil society, NGOs and the business sector can be strengthened. There was a roundtable discussion with all the relevant stakeholders and we had the possibility to participate there as well. All these sessions went really well, and all of the four international youth delegates were extremely proud of the group and the people who participated. Later that afternoon we had another young person participating in a roundtable discussion, just before the side event with WBCSD. The side event was attended mostly by young people and some NGOs who were interested in the opinion of the business sector on some relevant topics. Our youth representative there was very powerful and expert in the topic so we were very proud to have her there.

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