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We addressed various topics in the framework of our study among the world youth and the panel of 100 personalities. Here are some examples of questions we discussed:

The phenomenon of globalization, already very important today, will accelerate even more with the hiring for decision-making jobs of young people educated in a context favoring international perspectives and immediate exchanges thanks to new technologies.

At the same time, those young deciders will probably have new expectations with regard to sustainable development.

Which profound changes can be expected and how should they be prepared for?

Some interview excerpts linked to this topic:

  • As the legend speech by the 12-year-old Severn Suzuki at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio, 1992) proved, the youth can better understand the truth of the world and they can even lead high-level experts to take action. I assume that young people are good at crossing the borders and using technologies, and I believe that they can be adaptive to the needs with regards to sustainable development, or whatever happens in this fast-moving world. Most importantly, we need to listen to the youth and delegate leadership to them in order to create a better future together.
    Mie Kajikawa (Japan), Social entrepreneur, Founder of “Sport For Smile,” the first-ever platform in Japan to use sport as a tool for a social change, and recipient of the Ernst & Young Groundbreakers Award (2011)

  • The deep-seated and long-awaited changes for our planet will come to fruition through our youth. Their immediate participation as decision-makers and actors in the transformation of society to preserve mother earth is urgent. Youth throughout the world needs to stand up and actively engage in order to build a sustainable future.
    Julia Marton-Lefèvre (Hungary), Director General of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization.

  • The youth must be analytical and get involved in all aspects of development. They are increasingly recognized in decision-making processes and as future leaders must begin to be part of the process until they are fully recognized.
    Nana-Fosu Randall (Ghana), Founder and President, Voices of African Mothers, an NGO which is Co-Chair of the Women UN Major Group in the Rio+20 Process

  • The youth accounts for 50% of the population in Sub-Saharan countries, with some of the world’s highest unemployment rates. Young people represent the most powerful agents for change towards sustainable development and it is our responsibility to generate sound employment opportunities. Green jobs can be created all along the value chain, in both the agricultural sector (our farms) and the industrial sector (our plants). This is our very ambition: contributing to achieve food security, crucial for our countries affected by the climate change, while developing economic opportunities for the youth.
    Maidah Zeinabou (Niger), Chief Executive Director of Niger Lait, one of the leaders in the agro-industry business in Niger
    Pour plus d'infos lisez l'article: La jeunesse peut-elle vraiment s'impliquer dans le développement durable?

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