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.



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]
Happy International Day of Biodiversity! 22 May 2014 Happy International Day of Biodiversity from the YUNGA Team! Remember that our Biodiversity Challenge Badge is available online in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish. Find it at: Don't forget our Youth Guide to Biodiversity either! Find out more about the International Day for Biodiversity: [more]
Youth leaders: apply to participate in the UNESCO World Conference on ESD! 6 May 2014 A call to youth leaders around the world committed to building a better future through education * Are you between 18 and 35 years old? * Are you invovled in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in any way? * Do you want to meet and collaborate with other ESD youth leaders from around the world? * Do you have success stories or innovative initiatives to share, and wish to contribute to the global conversation on ESD? * Do you want to add your voice to youth recommendations to be presented at the World Conference on ESD? If you answer YES to these questions, you may be interested in taking part in the UNESCO ESD Youth Conference in Japan! Send in your application by 1 June 2014 to join. [more]
Happy International Forests Day! 21 March 2014 Today is the International Day of Forests! To celebrate the amazing things forests provide us with, we would like to remind you of our Forests Challenge Badge! The badge is available online in both English and Spanish, and will soon be available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian and Russian. Find it online at: We are also currently developing The Youth Guide to Forests, which contains comprehensive information about all things forests, as well as an easy to follow action plan to help you develop your own forests projects and conservation activities. It will be ready soon, so watch this space!Happy International Day of Forests from the YUNGA Team! [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