Webinars May 14 and 19

Youth actions for the climate, nuclear disarmament and SDGs

Youth leaders from the climate, nuclear abolition and sustainable development movements discuss actions and initiatives.

All ages welcome. The youth campaigners highlight the importance of inter-generational dialogue and cooperation.

1419 May 2020 | International webinar

The webinar will be held in two sessions: Session 1 on May 14 timed to suit participants in the Americas, Europe and Africa. Session 2 on May 19 timed to suit participants in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Pacific.

The webinar replaces a physical event that was planned to take place at the United Nations in New York during the 2020 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. The NPT Review Conference is postponed until January 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic.

Session 1: Thursday May 14
11am EDT (New York), 5pm CET (Berlin)

Speakers:

  • Chair: Marzhan Nurzhan (Kazakhstan, Switzerland). Coordinator, Abolition 2000 Youth Network. Deputy-Director, Basel Peace Office. PNND Coordinator for CIS (former Soviet) countries.
  • Yasmeen Silva (USA). Partnerships Manager, Beyond the Bomb
  • Kehkashan Basu (UAE/Canada). Youth Ambassador, World Future Council. 2016 Children’s Peace Prize recipient. 
  • Akinyi Obama-Manners (Kenya). Sauti Kuu Foundation.
  • Anca Gliga (USA) Representative of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
  • Chaimae Sebbani (Morocco, Czech Republic). Project leader, Youth Voices for Climate, Peace and Nuclear Disarmament
  • Vanda Proskova (Czech Republic). Program Officer, PragueVision Institute for Sustainable Security.

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Akinyi Obama-Manners (Kenya). Speaker in session 1 of the webinar on May 14

Session 2: May 19
9am CET (Central Europe Time)

Speakers

  • Chair: Vanda Proskova (Czech Republic). Program Officer, PragueVision Institute for Sustainable Security.
  • Nicole Ponce (Philippines);  Member of the I am Climate Justice team. Research Fellow for the Normandy Chair for Peace.
  • Cristopher Cruz (USA); Co-Founder / Outreach Director, Nuclear Free Schools.
  • Junhong Min (South Korea), Member of Student Friends of the NPT (Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty).
  • Mostafiz Ahmed (Bangladesh). PNND South Asia Youth Program Coordinator
  • Takuya Moriyama (Japan); PNND Japan Coordinator. Researcher at Peace Depot. Coordinator of the Citizens’ Watch Project (monitoring peace and denuclearisation of North East Asia). 
  • Sooyoung Hwang (South Korea). Disarmament Program Manager, Peoples Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD)
  • Nuriya Azamatova (Kazakhstan); Organizer & Ambassador, Youth Peace Week Kazakhstan.  
  • Chaimae Sebbani (Morocco/Czech Republic). Project leader, Youth Voices for Climate, Peace and Nuclear Disarmament

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Nuriya Azamatova (Kazakhstan), a speaker in the second session on May 19

About the webinars

Youth movements for climate action, peace and nuclear disarmament have sprung up in Europe and around the world in the past few years. Young people have become concerned about existential threats to current and future generations, and increasingly frustrated at the insufficient action by governments to address these threats.

Further, the coronavirus pandemic has reinforced the need for governments and the international community to focus more on universal human security issues – like public health, climate and peace - and to move away from nationalism and militarism. Youth are well aware of the changes needed.

This webinar will include voices of civil society and youth from climate, peace, disarmament and sustainable development campaigns to inspire further action and to encourage intergenerational dialogue. It will also present Abolition 2000 Youth Network's new project focused on the participation of youth in global, intergenerational dialogue. 

While the focus of the webinar is on the youth, any civil society members interested in sustainable development, nuclear disarmament and climate action are welcome to join. 

Organized by:

Abolition 2000 Youth Network, World Future Council, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Basel Peace Office. Contact vanda@pnnd.org

Mostafiz Ahmed (Bangladesh), PNND Youth Coordinator for South Asia. Speaker in webinar session 2 on May 19.