The United Nations Conference on Biodiversity (COP15), currently ongoing in Montreal, brings together governments from around the world to agree on a new set of targets for nature over the next decade, through the Convention on Biological Diversity’s post-2020 framework process. Inspire4Nature (ex-)fellow Marie-Morgane Rouyer is participating in the COP15 as part of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN).
Recognised and supported by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, GYBN represents the voice of youth around the world in the negotiations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN treaty on biodiversity. Since 2018, the network has conducted consultations with young people in over 100 countries around the world, to bring their voices forward for the new post-2020 global framework that is being discussed at COP15 in December 2022. GYBN also raises awareness of biodiversity values among young people and connects individuals and youth organisations to build a global coalition to halt biodiversity loss. The network is coordinated by an international committee and is run entirely by young people, for young people.
Marie-Morgane is part of the coordination team of the French delegation. She will use her experience gained in the co-coordination of the European chapter of GYBN to help prepare, train and empower the French-speaking delegation, as well as to help with the follow-up of the negotiations.
Upon her return to Montpellier, Marie-Morgane will co-host a public conference-debate to discuss their experience at the COP15 (19 January at the University of Montpellier).
(Image source: Tommaso Demozzi /Twitter. Marie-Morgane is standing on the back, fourth from the left)