Challenge:Future at World Youth Congress 2010

by Ziga Vavpotic on 7th October, 2010 at 4:27 PM CEST


The World Youth Congress series was born in 1997 following the frustrations of the Rio +5 meeting where Governments and organizations met to discuss what progress had been made since the original Rio Earth Summit. How best to keep the concept of sustainable development in the public eye?  

The 5th in this great series of World Youth Congresses on Youth and Development was held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2010! Turkey welcomed 1400 young people from around the world to meet during Istanbul's year as the European Capital of Culture. 

Main topics were: Imece – Joint Action, Measurement & Evaluation of Youth-Led Development, Post-MDGs International Development Agenda, Post-Kyoto/Post-COP15 Climate Change Agenda.

It was my pleasure to present Challenge:Future to young people from all over the world. There was info point at exhibition place. We also had workshop Let´s Challenge Future – an introduction to the Challenge:Future Competition launched in Slovenia in May 2010. 

Workshop was opportunity for young people to exchange ideas about world challenges. It was interesting to observe different ideas on geographical backgrounds. At the end we agreed that education is still hot topic and one of conclusions were that CF brings new opportunity for young people. 

During the Congress, project Challenge:Future was presented to different young people, organizers, young educators as well as organizations (UN, World Bank, UNICEF) from all around the world. 

The Congress showed the effort of young people to make poverty history in our lifetimes - and create peace, human rights, democracy, trust, volunteerism and a prosperous green economy that will bring sustainable happiness to every race and nation on the earth!

Margaret Mead once said: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Time will show us, what will be changes from the Congress but from what I have heard, timing is the best for young people to connect and start changing the world for better tomorrow. 


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Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

wowwww... beautiful...Bravo C:F ...

Great to know about the C:F at world youth congress.. highly appreciative..:)

Proud to be part of C:F. . . .

7th October, 2010 @ 6:42 PM CEST

Kayode Nubi

Kayode Nubi | Action team | CF Chapters

#Istanbul.Turkey - most inspirational city in the world. I sure look forward to having a host of C:F people meet here.

11th October, 2010 @ 8:48 PM CEST

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