Lydia Cumiskey, Tam Hoang, Sachi Suzuki, Claire Pettigrew, Moa M. Herrgård. Youth Participation at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction[J]. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 2015, 6(2): 150-163. doi: 10.1007/s13753-015-0054-5
Citation: Lydia Cumiskey, Tam Hoang, Sachi Suzuki, Claire Pettigrew, Moa M. Herrgård. Youth Participation at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction[J]. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 2015, 6(2): 150-163. doi: 10.1007/s13753-015-0054-5

Youth Participation at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

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The authors would like to thank the Children & Youth Forum organizers and the Organizing Committee, Japan Secretariat, speakers, facilitators, and all the young participants of the WCDRR for their dedicated contributions. The UNMGCY are acknowledged for their commitment to ensure meaningful participation of young people in the SFDRR 2015–2030 and for organizing the Children & Youth Forum. Further thanks to our partners and sponsors for financially supporting the Forum and offering their valuable time and advice, especially UNISDR. The authors would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their feedback on this article.

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  • This article summarizes and analyzes the Children & Youth Forum and youth participation in the process during and leading up to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in 2015. An organizing committee consisting of international students and young professionals brought together around 200 young professionals and students from around the globe to exchange ideas and knowledge on reducing disaster risk, building resilient communities, and advocating for the inclusion of youth priorities within the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 (SFDRR). The knowledge exchange during the Forum was structured around a Toolbox for Resilience that connected to the SFDRR section on Priorities for Action. This article presents the outcomes of these young people’s participation in the disaster risk reduction capacity building events and policy-making, as well as the follow-up actions envisioned by the young participants of the Forum. The voices of the younger generation were heard in the SFDRR and young people are ready to expand their actions for the framework’s effective implementation. Young people call on technical experts, donors, NGOs, agencies, governments, and academia to partner with them on this journey to create a more resilient tomorrow together.
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