Youth engagement: Learning from their peers
Since GWP adopted its youth engagement strategy in 2015, there have been significant advances in GWP’s long-term commitment to supporting young water professionals.
A GWP Partner
“GWP is always there when we need support, whether it is training or other resources. It is a great advocate for youth participation and has created wonderful networking opportunities, viewing us as partners in the fight to promote a more integrated approach to water management.” Rianna Gonzales, National Coordinator of the Trinidad and Tobago Chapter of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network
GWP in Action 2016 Annual Report
With the World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW), Water Youth Network, and L’Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse, and many others, GWP facilitated the drafting of a white paper presenting recommendations by youth on climate change action for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP21 in Paris in 2015. As a follow up, in 2016 GWP launched a competition to support youth in leading and organising water management activities that help communities as well as developing capacity and skills. GWP also organised a session during COP22 to take stock of the present situation and devise a roadmap for future activities. These messages were echoed when GWP supported the involvement of youth representatives in the Climate Chance Summit for non-state actors held in Nantes, France, in September 2016. The young participants convinced the organisers to officially acknowledge the need for youth engagement in decisionmaking by including it in the Nantes Declaration. Vivien Deloge, a member of the WYPW, was one of the participants who actively lobbied the organisers to amend the Declaration. “Youth can move mountains with very limited means,” he said afterwards. “I was thrilled to witness our success … which highlighted the need for youth inclusion and intergenerational cooperation to ensure a sustainable future for all.” Youth engagement was also recognised in the final statement of the Budapest Water Summit, held in October 2016, during which GWP Hungary organised a