Securing a Sustainable Life on Land – SDG 15 …

Securing a Sustainable Life on Land – SDG 15 - 2022 ECOSOC Youth Forum, Thematic Breakout sessions, Parallel Session 2B
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Life on land is continuing to be degraded at alarming rates. The impacts of climate change are growing – from rising temperatures to extreme weather events. The frequency of disasters is increasing, from forest fires and storms to floods and droughts. Pollution levels are worsening, and species extinction is growing. This has profound consequences for the ecological integrity of our planet and for the lives of people, including many vulnerable young people in particular. 

oung activists, scientists, practitioners have been supporting global efforts in sustainably managing forests, combating desertification, reversing land degradation and halting biodiversity loss through their direct work, and by engaging with Governments and other partners to accelerate the transition towards green and climate friendly ways of living and economies. Young people have a vested interest in ensuring that the health of the planet and its ecosystems are at the core of all plans and policies to build back better. They can amplify and increase the reach and impact of major international initiatives - from the One Health approach to ensuring the health of ecosystems and people, to the Secretary-General's global initiatives on "Turning the Tide on Deforestation", "Climate Action", and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. They can be part of actions to support the most vulnerable groups such as youth living in slums or human settlements exposed to pollution and natural disasters.

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum will be held on 19 and 20 April 2022. The two-day event will feature plenary sessions, interactive thematic and regionally based discussions. Young people are encouraged to share best practices, lessons learned, solutions as well as creative and innovative ideas with Member States, other youth and stakeholders on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and also on the sustainable development goals under review in the Economic and Social Council and the High-level Political Forum in 2022.