Children and youth


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The world's population is young, with nearly 2.2 billion people under the age of 18 of which 85 percent are living in developing countries. Children and young people are concerned, thoughtful citizens, capable of participating in, and changing the society of which they are a part; and they have an important role to play in addressing and affecting the issues of our world.

In addition, children and young people have enthusiasm, imagination and abundant energy to undertake local actions, act as effective communicators in their communities and be involved in international arenas. FAO with a number of partners is therefore developing resources, activities and the mechanisms to enhance awareness, access to information and participation of children and young people in a range of environmental, social and sustainable development issues, including climate change.



'Youth power' in agriculture 28 November 2014 The joint FAO, IFAD and CTA publication, 'Youth and Agriculture: Key Challenges and Concrete Solutions', receives media attention in this article, which explores how young farmers can help stabilise economies and create a better future for all. [more]
XIV World Forestry Congress 17 November 2014 The XIV World Forestry Congress will be a key occasion for the world’s foresters and forest supporters to gather, to share their expertise and experience, and to project a new vision for the future of forests and forestry. We’d like you to help define that vision by inviting abstracts on the central theme of the Congress, “ Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future ”. The deadline for submissions is 15 December 2014. For more information: [more]
The Youth Guide to Forests is here! 30 September 2014 This fact-filled Guide explores forests from the equator to the frozen poles, the depths of the rainforest to the mountain forests at high altitudes. It also demonstrates the many benefits that forests provide us with, discusses the negative impacts that humans unfortunately have on forests and explains how good management can help protect and conserve forests and forest biodiversity. At the end of the Guide, inspiring examples of youth-led initiatives are provided, and an easy-to-follow action plan aims to help YOU develop your own forest conservation activities and projects. Find it online here: PDF URL: HTML URL: [more]
YUNGA internship opportunity! 21 August 2014 YUNGA is looking for individuals interested in undertaking an internship at the FAO headquarters in Rome for 4 months from September 2014. Find out about our requirements and how to apply here: The deadline for applications is 15th September 2014. [more]
The Soils Challenge Badge is here! 17 June 2014 We are delighted to announce that the Soils Challenge Badge is now available online! This booklet is packed with activities to help you learn about soil and how it is formed, the creatures that live in it, and just how important it is in our everyday lives. You will also discover how YOU can play a role in protecting soils for future generations. Dig in! Find it online at: or [more]

We will need the spirit of youth in abundance as the world seeks to embrace cleaner, more sustainable forms of energy, including renewable resources. The transition to a low-carbon economy that we hope young people will see in their lifetimes offers tremendous opportunities. I urge young people around the world to invest their energies and bright ideas into shaping a safer, more sustainable planet.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon

last updated:  Friday, March 21, 2014