Towards COP21: Youth Event

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IMELS Press Release

Naples, 23 October 2019 – “Today an important path begins: the Conference of the Parties on the Mediterranean Sea: all the countries bordering the Mediterranean meet to find solutions for the protection of our sea“. This was said by Environment Minister Sergio Costa in Naples, on the occasion of the first Cop21 youth meeting that from December 2-5 will bring the Environment Ministers of 21 Mediterranean countries to the city to discuss the challenges of the sector. “The comparison has always been between technicians and politicians, never with young people – explained the Minister -. This year instead, for the first time in history, there is the COP21 of young people, and it is a pleasure and a pride to see them“.

The Minister then added that “the Mediterranean Sea is the sea with the most consistent trade and with an  enormous biodiversity, one of the richest in the world: a sea for this very reason complex – he said – and it is thanks to the shock that young people are giving to the consciences that in three months we have in fact launched three laws for the Environment. Today young people are the educators of adults“.

Today’s event, which represents an important step in preparation for the 21st Conference of the Parties, was attended by young representatives of the Countries of the Barcelona Convention, designated by the respective National Focal Points of UNEP MAP, by youth coming from some reserves of the Biosphere UNESCO MAB, by exponents of the working group on climate change that collaborates with the Ministry of Environment and members of the United Nations SDSN network. Among the main topics of the meeting, the socio-economic aspects of sustainable development in the Mediterranean region, the marine litter issue, the Marine Protected Areas and Biodiversity, Climate Change and the Blue economy with particular attention to tourism and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM).

The final document drafted today, the ‘youth card’, will be presented by the CNR Rapporteur and a delegation of young people at the COP21 plenary session in December.