Monday, April 20, 2009

German Funded African Youth Representatives for UN CSD 17, New York, USA

Dear Collegues and Friends,

On behalf of the Youth Caucus, I am pleased to announce that after a through srutiny of all applications we come to the following decision for funding by the German Goverment, based on

a) the formal requirements that were mentioned in the application form,

b) the thematic fit of applicants' activities in their countries with the current CSD cycle's topics as well as their

c) plans to mainstream the work of CSD 17 into their daily work back home.
Eventually, the following finally emerged as winners of the race:

Female: Esther Kelechi Agbarakwe (Nigeria)

Male: Hubert Zirimwabagabo (Ruanda)

It was not an easy task to come up with these two because most of all who applied qualified but a lot more issues had to be considered.Let me also take this opportunity to thanks all those who applied and wish them success in all their endeavours. Should you have your funds, the youth caucus leadership will facilitate yor accreditation. For Esther and Hebert, you will shortly be recieving your accreditation letters, which will enable you to participate during the CSD 17th and you will also use this to secure your visas. Should you require more on logistical issues, please, get in touch with Doris Brunner ( The youth Caucus leadership doors remain open to assist you.

Congratulations to Hubert and Esther!!



Monday, April 13, 2009

Earth Charter Youth Initiative-Nigeria Special Project

“The Earth Charter Initiative” is an extraordinarily diverse, global network of people, organizations, and institutions that participate in promoting and implementing the values and principles of the Earth Charter.

The Initiative is a broad-based, voluntary, civil society effort. Participants include leading international institutions, national governments and their agencies, university associations, non-government organizations and community-based groups, city governments, faith groups, schools and businesses – as well as thousands of individuals."(

As part of the Earth Charter Initiative there is a bold, diverse and dynamic action-oriented youth network that promotes the principles of the Earth Charter among young people. This youth network involves active young people from over 70 countries, with more than 45 Earth Charter Youth Groups (ECYGs) and numerous partners around the world. The Youth Leadership Team and the International Youth Facilitator offer guidance to the youth network.

Earth Charter Youth Initiative Nigeria is made up of entrepreneurial youth activists committed to promoting the Earth Charter and sustainable national development through various ways like youth action projects, workshops on the Earth Charter and volunteerism.

Earth Charter Youth Initiative Nigeria through Earth Charter Youth Calabar is implementing a project called “Understanding and discovering the purpose of Earth Charter in achieving the MDGs: Towards environmental sustainability and peace building in the Niger Delta”. The project is one of the 6 Earth Charter International-funded projects. Earth Charter International funds the most outstanding project plans.

Project activities includes Workshop on the Earth Charter leading to Action projects and a “Dialogue with the Elders Forum on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability”.

Earth Charter Youth Initiative Nigeria is proud to have it active member as a member of the International Youth Leadership Team (YLT) in the person of Timothy Ogene representing Africa and the Middle East. We are also proud that the coordinator of Earth Charter Youth Group Calabar will be participating at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UN CSD) 17th Session in New York May, 2009 with the generous support of the German Government.

Earth Charter Youth Initiative Nigeria Invites you to join us in make Nigeria become “ a more just, sustainable and people world”

For More info, please contact:

Esther at

Timothy at