Online Event // Youth Innovation in Land, Soil and Water

The engagement of youth and young professionals plays a key role achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In light of that, the FAO Land and Water Division will hold the online event "Youth Innovation in Land, Soil and Water" on Thursday 23rd July.

Today's youth are more geographically mobile and technologically connected than any other generation. Moreover, they hold a capital of innovative and scalable solutions and ideas that are often overlooked. In the context of COVID-19 pandemic, intergenerational exchange and cooperation is even more crucial to bridge past experiences with innovative ideas, driving the creation of holistic solutions. 

The session will deliver lightning talks from young professionals on how youth and innovation go hand in hand to deliver solutions, on land, soil and water resources management, for a sustainable tomorrow. 

The objectives of the webinar are as follows:

  • Highlight innovative projects and approaches for sustainable land, soil and water management
  • Provide successful examples of the role of youth as key actors in international development
  • Explore ways to further include youth in decision making and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Opening Remarks: Mr Maximo Torero, Chief Economist and Assistant Director General for Economic and Social Development, FAO (TBC)

Lightning Talks: 

  • Communicating WaPOR data uses: water accounting  
    Ms Alyne Spencer Gonçalves, FAO
  • Genetic Forensics in Water Quality & Food Safety 
    Mr Omar Elhassan, FAO 
  • SMART Irrigation SMART WaSH  
    Ms Eva Pek, FAO 
  • Geospatial Mapping for Resilience 
    Ms Ritu Saimunnahar, FAO 
  • The Soil Doctors Programme 
    Ms Zineb Bazza, Global Soil Partnership, FAO 
  • Youth engagement towards the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 
    Ms Michelle Stitz, Generation Climate Europe - UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY) 

Closing Remarks: Ms Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General of Natural Resources and Sustainable Production Stream, FAO 

Moderator: Ms Sasha Koo Oshima, Deputy Director, Land and Water Division 

Date and Time

Thursday, 23rd of July 2020, 

14:30 - 15:30 CEST 

More information

More information and the registration form can be found here

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