Call for Participants: UNCCD COP13 Youth Forum 2017 -Ordos, China (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: June 26th 2017

When: 8 – 10 September 2017 in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China

Young people are an important force toward the development of a sustainable world.

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) secretariat recognizes the important roles youth play in combating land degradation and promoting sustainable land management (SLM). Empowering young people to protect and restore degraded ecosystems will lead to green innovations that will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular, reaching SDG15.3 land degradation neutrality.

The UNCCD secretariat invites all young people and youth organization representatives to apply to speak and participate in the international UNCCD Youth Forum at its 13th Conference of the Parties (COP 13). The theme this year is “land, youth and sustainability.”

The Forum will be the platform for youth to:

  • Voice their commitments toward achieving land degradation neutrality
  • Build their capacities and opportunities to work toward combating desertification, land degradation and drought
  • Share their experiences in combating desertification
Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must:
  • be between 18 to 35 years of age;
  • be volunteers/ members for a civil society organization or network, academic institution, trade or technical institution or UN youth-related education program;
  • be authorized officially by their organization or network to speak on behalf of the organization or institution (providing a signed letter from head of organization or a supervisor)
  • have demonstrated ability to engage constructively with a variety of stakeholders;
  • be available to be in Ordos, China from 7-10 September 2017;
  • have a visa for travel to China, or be able to obtain one within 2 weeks. (Please check with the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your country. Selected speakers will receive an invitation letter to support a visa application, but will be responsible for obtaining the visa and for any costs associated with obtaining the visa.);
  • agree to produce a daily article / blog for the forum when selected
  • be able to communicate in English


  • Selected speakers and representatives will receive full funding of international travel,
    accommodation and daily allowance during the forum.

For more information contact Marcos Montoiro at [email protected] or Jenny Choo at  [email protected] .

Apply Now for the UNCCD COP13 Youth Forum 2017

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UNCCD COP13 Youth Forum!


  1. so much interested bt have no headed letter from un as volunteer..have only been at uganda redcross society as a volunteer.kindly add me..+256794440944

  2. Vu l importance de sauvegarder et de préserver l environnement, en particulier la dégradation des soles et la déforestation, il urge pour nous les jeunes de pouvoir participer à ce forum pour trouver solution à calamités naturelles

  3. Vu l importance de sauvegarder et de préserver l environnement, en particulier la dégradation des soles et la déforestation, il urge pour nous les jeunes de pouvoir participer à ce forum pour trouver solution aux calamités naturelles

  4. Avec le réchauffement climatique et l irrégularité des pluies suscite en nous des défis à surmontés, pour réveiller la conscience de la population sur les enjeux de l abattage des arbres . Faire revivre à la population les causes et les conséquences du déboisement

  5. please my name is Claufet Agyiri from Ghana. i am a volunteer for a local based NGO call UNIVERSAL UNITED YOUTH ORGANIZATION and also a sign language interpreter. am i eligible for this conference ?

  6. L’environnement est notre maison commune.Et il nous incombe d’en prendre soins. Mais force est de constater qu’il est en dégradation totale. Et cette dégradation de l’environnement a pour responsable l’HOMME. Alors il faut qu’une partie d’homme: une groupement, une association ou ONG se porte volontier pour apporter des remèdes à cette dégradation de l’environnement. C’est dans cet ordre d’idées que l’ONG terre des jeunes Togo(dont je suis membre volontaire ) s’est engagée dans la lutte pour la protection et la sauvegarde de l’environnement par les activités de reboisement; les formations et forums dont les thèmes sont liés à l’environnement


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