Children and Youth International

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Children and Youth International
Brussels, Belgium
FounderBen Vanpeperstraete, Ivana Savic, Michaela Hogenboom, Pieter-Jan Van De Velde, Felix Beck, Brendan Coolsaet, Sébastien Duyck.
TypeNon-governmental organization
FocusYouth empowerment, Post-2015 Development_Agenda, Sustainable development, Disaster risk reduction,
Area served
MethodCapacity-building, empowerment, fundraising
Key people
Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Chairperson), Sabá Loftus, Tam Hoang, Aashish Khullar (nominated Organising Partner), David Collste, Christopher Dekki, Olivier Vermeulen, Waruguru Wanjau, Karuna Rana, Luciano Frontelle, Usman Mushtaq, Michael Kalmus Eliasz (Treasurer)

Children and Youth International formerly Rio+twenties is a non-governmental youth-led and volunteer based youth empowerment organization based in Brussels, Belgium and Brighton, UK. Its goal is to "build capacity and empower young people and their representative structures to actively participate in the preparatory processes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in Rio in 2012 (Rio+20)".[1] The organization also serves as one of the Organising Partners of the Major Group for Children and Youth of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.[2]

Rio+twenties Participation Guide.jpg

Within the international community working on sustainable development and the Rio+20 Conference, Rio+twenties is known for its capacity building initiatives focussing on youth, such as the "Rio+20 Participation Guide for Children and Youth" [3][4] and the "Rio+20: an introduction for children and youth" animation movie.[5][6] In cooperation with other youth organizations, the Participation Guide, originally in English, was translated into 4 other official UN languages, and made available through the organization's website.

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  1. ^ "Rio+twenties Homepage". Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  2. ^ "United Nations, Rio+20 United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development, Major Group for Children and Youth". Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  3. ^ United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service. "Río+twenties publishes a Río+20 Participation Guide: an introduction for children and youth". Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  4. ^ International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Reporting Services. "Rio+twenties Publishes Participation Guide for Children and Youth". Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  5. ^ One World, Global Justice online. "Rio+20: an introduction for children and youth". Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Rio+20: an introduction for children and youth". Retrieved 4 June 2012.

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