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Nairobi Declaration towards Rio+20

Nairobi Declaration towards Rio+20

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Friday 14
October 2011
 We - the delegates to the Kenyan Youth Strategy Meeting for Rio +20, Gigiri Campus, Nairobi,13
and 14
October 2011, hosted by UN Habitat, Peace Child International, Youth Alive!Kenya and the Organisation of African Youth -
the African indigenous knowledge of the sacred value of the environment to thewell-being of humanity and biodiversity;
ourselves to promote innovations that will develop a green economy that results in theeradication of poverty
Take note
of the past declarations towards environmental sustainability both at the African andthe Global level, and share their sense of the urgent need for structural and infrastructuralinterventions in policy formulation to enable the implementation of the policies they propose.
the current global environmental challenges, particularly climate change, whichimpact on our common future and wellbeing.
Taking account
of the above, we commit to pursue intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms that -1.
Support good governance and transformative leadership.2.
Promote Education, information exchange, communication and awareness;3.
Achieve sustainable agricultural practices that reduce hunger, starvation and enhancefood security for the long-term.4.
Develop and implement a policy on sustainability towards a Green Economy.5.
Encourage investment in, and the promotion of, eco-friendly entrepreneurship.6.
Develop sustainable green cities and rural villages7.
Promote public engagement and participation through culture and volunteerism.8.
Promote Youth Development and Capacity Building.
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: - representatives of the following organizations commit to this declaration:1.
Peace Child International2.
Organisation of African Youth3.
Youth Alive! Kenya4.
Earth Charter Initiative5.
African Youth Initiative on Climate Change6.
Catholic Diocese of Nakuru Youth Office7.
Wareng Youth Initiative for Peace and Development.8.
Kenya Girl Guides Association.9.
International Youth Council- Kenya10.
Indigenous Information Network 11.
Kenyatta University Environmental Club12.
Cordio East Africa.13.
The Young Congress.14.
Green Africa Foundation.15.
Tembea Youth Center for Sustainable Development.16.
Kenya Climate Change Working Group17.
Jane Goodall Institute Roots & Shoots-Kenya18.
Youth Federation for World Peace-Kenya19.
Ibuka Trust.20.
East Africa Social Enterprise Network.21.
Rongai Youth Initiative.22.
The Youth Assembly.23.
Sustainable Development for All.24.
Global Peace Youth Corp- Kenya.25.
East African Community Youth Organization.26.
YMCA Kenya27.
Be the Change Academy- Kisumu.28.
UNESCO Youth Forum.
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Good Governance and Transformative Leadership
 We recognize the central role good governance and transformative leadership plays in theeffort to achieve sustainable development. It is a form of governance and leadership that is -
- and -
implementable- at international, national and county levels. We seek forms of governance which promoteand build green economies that engender human well-being and social equity + respect forthe natural environment, and the value of biodiversity and eco-systems, guided by, andaccountable to, a new World Environment Organisation situated here in Nairobi, withuniversal membership of all UN Member States.We also call for practical mechanisms in new institutions that allow for youth participation indecision-making. Youth need to be involved in policy formulation and development of institutional frameworks at all levels of governance. Additionally, youth participation shouldbe integrated in the discussion and establishment of green economy benchmarking and local,national and international assessments of progress towards a green economy.
Promote Education, information exchange, communication and awareness
We demand the inclusion of green economy and sustainable development education coursesat all levels of education and public training. Whatever governments do, we, the youth,intend to achieve this by creating various information sharing methods to all sectors of society.We acknowledge that education underpins awareness; and awareness is critical to the spreadof sustainable development principles through every level of society.The role of education is vital to the communication of, and the raising of public awarenessabout, sustainable development. Schools and colleges should be considered as hubs forcommunity learning and understanding about the green economy. Such hubs should becarefully monitored to ensure the information provided is accessible, relevant and accurate.The new Curricula should also build an understanding of the intersection of business,environment and society. It must educate all people, especially the Youth, about the factscritical to the achievement of sustainable development.
By 2014: Action
: Introduce the Green Economy to the heart of the national curriculum inthe country to educate all youth about the imperatives of a green society.

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