Saturday, February 11, 2023
Raise your voice for the river
Registration for this program is open 4 January-6 February 2023
Join youth from across North America in February 2023 to advocate for the future of the Columbia River Basin in preparation for the March 2023 UN Water Conference
Youth Forums for the Columbia River will organize synchronized, regionally-representative, youth-led forums to convene, collate, and elevate youth voices for a better water future in the Columbia River Basin in the context of the current renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty and the UN 2030 Water Action Agenda.
The current renegotiation period for the Columbia River Treaty between the USA and Canada is a (closing) window of opportunity for youth to raise their voices and advocate for their future in the basin to decision-makers and negotiators.
The North American Youth Parliament Water has expertise in mobilizing youth voices across transboundary watersheds. Our connection to the Columbia River Basin is rooted in the lived experience of our general members and individuals on our leadership team. The NAYPW has also led youth-focused capacity-building activities in the basin including the YouthAct! Blue Peace Index ToolKit and our Young Professionals Blue Peace Whitepaper Program.
About the Forums Event
The Youth Forum will be a hybrid event involving local in-person Columbia River Basin hubs along with a synchronous virtual group. We will gather for networking, plenaries, and working breakout groups to learn and provide insight into youth goals for the future of the Columbia River Basin.
How the Youth Forums work:
Click through this slideshow to learn more details about the Columbia Youth Forums project.
Registration will be open January 4th-February 6th.
Deadline for in-person registration
31 January 2023
Deadline for virtual registration
6 February 2023
Interested in partnering as an organization?
Reach out to Henry Pitts at email@example.com if you are interested in supporting this program as a partnering organization, or if you would like to co-lead a Forum for your community as part of this program.
NAYPW receives grant to fund “Youth Forums for the Columbia River”
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We are grateful for the organizations supporting and participating in this program with NAYPW. These organizations show their support for including youth voices in the water management and sustainable development sectors.
We are USA and Canadian local leaders making waves for youth-inclusive global development.
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