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The first Arctic Youth Summit (AYS) was held October 5-12, 2018 in Norvajärvi (just outside of Rovaniemi), Finland overlapping with the Arctic Biodiversity Congress.
Led by Finland, U.S and WWF (Finland & US) this initiative is working to contribute to capacity building amongst youth through:
  • Creating a network of youth engaged and interested in Arctic biodiversity;
  • Providing experience and insight into how biodiversity issues are addressed in the Arctic; and
  • Empowering young people to engage in conservation and promoting Arctic biodiversity in their own home countries.
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The Summit brought together youth 36 youth participants from 11 countries. The participants came from the eight Arctic States, Observer states India, Germany and Singapore and a extensive representation of the Arctic Indigenous peoples. In addition to getting to know their fellow youth and gain a deepert insight into youth issues accross the Arctic and the cultural diversity the youth were tasked with;
  • Developing a youth decloration
  • Developing a video (vissible bellow)
  • Discuss next steps and how the youth would function in their future roles as Arctic Youth Summit Ambassardors in the coming months  




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