Rio+20+Yerevan: Sustainable Development and the Armenian Youth
On April 21st AEGEE-Yerevan with the support of the EU Delegation to Armenia and the UN Mission to Armenia organized Rio+20+Yerevan youth conference, which was held at the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University.
At the beginning of the Conference, after opening speeches, Mikayel Minasyants, the coordinator of the project, briefly presented AEGEE4Rio project and its concept and emphasized the importance of such youth discussion for the Armenian youth. The key speaker of the conference was Sevan Holemans, the Belgian Youth Delegate to the UN Rio+20 Conference, which would take place on June 20-22 at the capital of the Federal Republic of Brazil Rio de Janeiro. The Speaker presented in details to the participants the ideology of Rio+20 Process, its importance and also global expectations from it. The representatives from the UNDP Office in Armenia and several NGOs, which are implementing regional development projects by the funding of the European Union, also had their positive contribution in the successful implementation of the Conference. In their presentations they focused on the problems of sustainable development in Armenia, as well as they presented to the participants the involvement of Armenia in Rio+20 Process and in regional projects, which are aimed to the provision of sustainable development, establishment of green economy, as well as to the sustainable land management for mitigating land degradation and reducing poverty in the South Caucasus region, enhancing local capacity and regional cooperation for CCA and biodiversity conservation in Georgia and the South Caucasus. Interesting and comprehensive discussions were conducted on the above mentioned topics and the participants of the conference got an opportunity to ask the field experts plenty of questions.
At the end of the event Armenak Minasyants, the President of AEGEE-Yerevan, on the behalf of the Organization expressed thankfulness to all speakers for their participation and presented to them certificates of honor.
All 75 participants of the conference got special informational packages on Rio+20, which included the FAQ of Rio+20 in Armenian, short booklet on Rio+20 prepared by the UN and also some additional materials on big regional projects aimed to sustainable development.
It is necessary to mention, that such big, informational youth event was organized for the first time in Armenia and in whole region and Yerevan, by the help of AEGEE-Yerevan, has joined to MyCity+20 international initiative.