High-level opening ceremony, opening ceremony and Keynote Address from Prof. José Esquinas-Alcázar

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Member States, UN Agencies and Indigenous Youth with high-level international guests will inaugurate the UNGIYF. The Forum will converge discussions on the fundamental role of Indigenous Youth in strengthening Indigenous Peoples' food and knowledge systems in the context of climate and biodiversity action. 

Indigenous Youth from around the world will join in at the opening ceremony, where expectations, knowledge, actions, challenges and expected results will be shared. Hand in hand with indigenous knowledge systems, their cosmogony and spiritual beliefs, the Forum will mark a decisive moment for Indigenous Youth to be heard and taken into consideration by political decision-makers.

Professor José Esquinas-Alcázar will deliver a keynote address on plant genetic resources and Indigenous Peoples' Food Systems. Prof. José Esquinas-Alcázar served in FAO for 30 years and played a vital role during the negotiations of the International Treaty, and was awarded by the Queen of Spain the FAO-Spain prize for his personal trajectory for raising awareness in the public opinion on the fight against hunger.

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