The SustainUS Agents of Change (AoC) program is now accepting applications to join the SustainUS youth delegation to the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, which will be held in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India from October 8-19, 2012.
COP11 will help determine future international policy on biodiversity, and youth must make our voices heard. Young people from across the globe are organizing to voice our perspectives and hold the negotiations accountable to future generations. Countries at the negotiations must reach consensus and work together to protect the planet’s diversity and the health of interdependent human and ecological systems.
This is where we come in. The SustainUS Agents of Change delegation, comprised of youth leaders from various organizations and backgrounds, will have a unique opportunity to represent US youth at the COP. Delegates will work with each other and with international youth in advance of the conference to educate themselves and their communities, develop policy priorities, acquire skills in effective lobbying, and engage the broader youth community in action related to international biodiversity policy. As NGO representatives at the COP, delegates will work side-by-side with government delegates, leaders from international organizations, and fellow members of civil society to ensure a just and forward-looking outcome to the negotiations.
Applicants are required to be between the ages of 18 and 26 as of October 2012 and to either (a) be a US citizen or (b) have studied or worked in the US for more than six months. All application materials must be received by 5:00 pm EST on Sunday, July 1, 2012.