New Steering Committee of “The Global Youth Biodiversity Network”

The Global Youth Biodiversity Network, of which Biodiversa is a founding member, has elected its first Steering Committee, and they’ve made a great choice of young leaders for biodiversity from all parts of the world!

 GYBN logoThe election was conducted from 3 to 16 September 2013 after a call for self-nominations opened in August and encouraging all young people worldwide to submit their application. Eleven (11) individuals representing all world regions and different backgrounds were qualified to run for the election after a rigorous process was done to shortlist the received applications. Only young people aged 30 or younger who registered themselves in the network membership database by 4 August 2013 were allowed to vote. A total of one hundred eligible voters were given fourteen days, from 3 to 16 September, to cast their vote online and elect the best and suitable candidates. The Elections Committee met from 17 to 22 September in order to announce the results.

Based on the voting results, the following individuals have been elected for the Steering Committee:

– Shailyn Drukis (Canada)

– Melina Sakiyama (Brazil)

– Christian Schwarzer (Germany)

– Dayna Noltie (Canada)

– Mirna Ines Fernández (Bolivia)

– Arunava Datta (India)

– Lemuel Vega (Mexico)

– Mesfin Hailemariam (Ethiopia)

– Tomas Badura (Czech Republic)

– Achmad Solikhin (Indonesia)

– Shankar Adhikari (Nepal).

They will serve during two years and will decide among themselves who will be the two (2) Focal Points of the network to the CBD Secretariat and other interested parties and partners. The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) is officially recognized by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The convention is an international legally binding treaty whose main goals are conservation of biological diversity; sustainable use of its components, and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources. The CBD encourages the participation of civil society groups, including Children and Youth, in its processes.

The GYBN’s mission is to raise global awareness among young people of the values of biodiversity and connect individuals and youth organizations in order to build a global coalition to halt the loss of biodiversity.

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