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Around the world, young people possess the passion and potential to create solutions for the world’s toughest challenges—including climate change. Focused on the connection between localized learning and collective action, this webinar [builds] awareness around the issue of climate change, provide applicable skills and recommendations, and better equip young leaders and changemakers to take action in their own communities. The International Youth Foundation invites you to join Mohsen Gul—the co-founder of Green Box—and a panel of guest speakers from across sectors. We hope you can join us for this informative, instructive, and inspiring discussion. Together, we can create the future we want!
Video of webinar
Moderator: Ehsan Gul
Ehsan co-founded Green Box, a youth-led national think tank aiming to help create routine attitudes, values, and actions for sustainable development. He now serves as a volunteer with the organization providing strategic support. A 2018 Atlas Corps Fellow, Ehsan has a master’s degree in Sustainability (Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management) from the University of Nottingham, UK. He has a wide range of professional experience in the development sector with organizations including UNESCO, Punjab Public Health Agency, and the International Youth Foundation, where he worked on the Social Innovation team to develop and launch new programs to engage young people around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Currently, Ehsan is the Head of Experimentation for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan.
Mohsen is the co-founder of Green Box, a youth-led national think tank on actions and strategies for sustainable development. A Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, his latest research focuses on how youth engagement is constructed and interpreted within wider environmental governance frameworks and geographical contexts. With over 7 years of diverse experience in the international development sector, Mohsen has undertaken a range of research and advocacy assignments with UNESCO, UNDP and UN Volunteers in the UK, Thailand, Kenya, Brazil and Nepal. As the lead author for the UN’s Global Environment Outlook for Youth report, he directs a team to develop simple, engaging, and scientifically informed content and tools for young people. Mohsen is an honorary member of UNESCO advisory panel on youth and has recently been selected as regional finalist for the 2019 UN Young Champion of the Earth (Asia and the Pacific) award.
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Hai Ha Vu Thi
Driven by her passion to collaborate with young leaders across the globe to address social, economic and political injustice, Hai Ha has worked with grassroots initiatives on gender-based violence (GBV), Youth Development and Migration in France, Nepal and Sierra Leone. Today, as the Youth Program Officer at UNESCO Ha Noi, she fuels youth enthusiasm in changing the status quo in their communities by using innovative and creative ways to involve youth from all walks of life to have a say at the decision-making table. Hai Ha’s master’s degree in human rights and humanitarian action at Sciences Po combined with her experience in co-founding the Start Up “Kiron Open Higher Education France” set the foundation for her commitment in spurring social change for and with youth.
Mandy van den Ende
Mandy is a Coordinating Lead Author for UN Environment’s Global Environment Outlook-6 for Youth (GEO-6) report. She is also a Junior Researcher at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, where she works on futures methods and citizen participation in policy. She explores and tests practical methods to involve citizens in the process of designing, planning and building climate-resilient urban deltas. During her master’s thesis on transformative bottom-up futures, Mandy got involved in the GEO-6 report as a Contributing Author. In GEO-6 for Youth she is now part of an amazing team that informs the youth with several scenarios and concrete transformative movements towards a radical, different, sustainable future. When she is not behind her laptop, Mandy can be found at her newest initiative: a local, organic farmers market in Amsterdam, which she sees as a concrete step in building a fair, more sustainable food chain chain.
Maryam is a passionate environmentalist and a communications specialist. She holds a master’s degree in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has diverse work experience with the government, civil society and international organizations. She has extensively worked on issues related to climate change, biodiversity conservation, humanitarian crisis and poverty alleviation with different development organizations such as WWF-Pakistan, Concern Worldwide and National Rural Support Programme. At a policy level, she has carried out research work with Food Security and Climate Change section of Government of Pakistan’s Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform. Maryam is also a freelance journalist who likes reporting and penning down her thoughts and opinions about development issues and challenges in Pakistan, particularly related to climate change. Currently, she is working as the Reporting and Communications Officer with Youth Empowerment Programme at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan.