The Arctic Youth Summit (AYS) is part of an Arctic Council initiative led by Finland, U.S. and WWF (Finland
& U.S.): Inspiring Arctic voices through youth led by CAFF and which is focused on advancing youth
involvement and leadership in public outreach and education about the Arctic. The objective being to
create spaces or opportunities for dialogue amongst youth and with the appropriate people around the
world to share their perspectives.

Building upon component 2 Finland, the U.S. and WWF are organizing the AYS in conjunction with the
Arctic Biodiversity Congress 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
  • empowering young people to engage in conservation and promoting Arctic biodiversity in their own home countries.

The AYS is scheduled for October 5-12, 2018 in Norvajärvi. The Summit will be held in parallel with the
Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018, to facilitate engagement by youth representatives with various
stakeholders present at the Congress regarding conservation and the sustainable use of Arctic
biodiversity. In addition to attending the Arctic Biodiversity Congress the youth will have their own
program. After the AYS the youth will serve as Arctic Ambassadors by spreading the information gained in
the Arctic Biodiversity Congress and speaking with local policy makers, senior Arctic officials and other
stakeholders in the Arctic.

The AYS will gather youth representatives and the educators/adult persons in charge from Arctic Council
member states, Permanent Participants, Observer states and organizations to the Arctic Council. The
maximum number of participants in the AYS is estimated at 50 with priority given to applications
originating from the Arctic states.
The participants of the AYS will engage with the Arctic Biodiversity Congress (9-12.10.2018) in the
following manor:

  • Day 1 An Arctic Youth representative identified by the Steering committee will participate in
    Plenary Panel 1 on day 1 during the Arctic Biodiversity Congress
  • Day 2 Arctic Youth representatives will have a 15-minute report back to the congress
  • Day 3 There will be a Arctic Youth Summit Session were the youth participating will deliver their youth declaration to congress participants

After having participated in the AYS and the congress the youth will serve as Arctic Youth ambassadors
speaking with local policy makers, senior Arctic officials and other stakeholders. The youth
representatives will also contribute to the ministerial meeting in May 2019.

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