2015 Children & Youth Forum at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sendai Japan

Application Deadline: January 30th 2015

When: March 11th to 18th 2015,

Registrations is Now Open for the Children & Youth Forum!

The Children & Youth Forum at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (3WCDRR) and Pre-WCDRR Workshops represents all activities related to children and youth engagement in the lead-up to the conference in Sendai, Japan held during March 2015. As such, it was intended that the Children & Youth Forum would be led by children and youth and be developed for children and youth to mobilize and showcase their strengths, skills, and abilities to lead change in reducing risk and building resilience to disasters.

This event will take place in beautiful Sendai, Japan, from March 11th to 18th 2015, previously devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. It is organised and led by young people actively engaged in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and will provide an unique opportunity to develop your skills, strengths and ability to lead efforts in reducing risk and building resilience locally, nationally, regionally and globally – all while having a whole lot of fun!

There is no cost for participating in the Children & Youth Forum, however you will need to cover the cost of your own accommodation, transport to Sendai and meals. The Organising Committee can arrange accommodation for up to 200 youth participants in a group facility, as well as, some meals and transport between the venue and accommodation. This will cost a maximum of $250 USD. Another registration form for this accommodation package will be shared in late January.

Who can attend the Children & Youth Forum?

Young people under the age of 30 can attend the Children & Youth Forum. Application is welcome from youth with all levels of experience, from those who are currently DRR practitioners to those who have an interest in getting involved in the future.

If you are above 30 and still wish to participate, your contribution and experience is greatly welcomed at the Children & Youth Forum, which is part of the the official Public Forum events of the WCDRR. However, in doing so, you will not be able to speak on behalf of the UN Major Group for Children & Youth

Cost:

There is no cost for participating in the Children & Youth Forum, however you will need to cover the cost of your own accommodation, transport to Sendai and meals.

  • The Organising Committee can arrange accommodation for up to 200 youth participants in a group facility, as well as, some meals and transport between the venue and accommodation.
  • This will cost a maximum of $250 USD.
  • Another registration form for this accommodation package will be shared in late January.

How can I obtain funding to cover the additional costs?

There are a number options for funding available to you;

  • Contact your national Ministry and apply to be a youth delegate as part of the official country representation at the conference;
  • Connect with your local or provincial government where you live;
  • Request support from your current and past employers ;
  • Approach business and industry who may be interested;
  • Contact your faculty or support office at your university or college;
  • Crowdfund locally from family and friends or seek support online;
  • Search for youth travel grants from benevolent institutions;

Youth Beyond Disasters can support you in investigating all of these options and a letter will be made available to help your contact funding sources and negotiate financial assistance

 

Register Now for the Children and Youth Forum 2015

For More Information:

View the Frequently Asked Questions Page

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2015 Children and Youth Forum 2015

 

 

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