Article: Youth Participation at the 3rd UN World Conference on DRR


The Water Youth Network is very happy to announce the publication of an open access journal article entitled “Youth Participation at the 3rd UN World Conference on DRR (WCDRR)” by the Children and Youth Forum organisers (including Water Youth Network member Lydia Cumiskey) with contributions from facilitators and participants. The young participants of WCDRR are looking forward to continuing the partnerships in bringing science, policy and practicewhile empowering many more young people on this journey to create a more resilient tomorrow together! Stay tuned for some updates about Post-Sendai youth action!

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Photo credit: Muhammad ZakiPhoto credit -Muhammad Zaki, participant of the Children and Youth Forum.

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.