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Youth being a priority group for UNESCO, and in-line with its Operational Strategy on Youth 2014-2021, the Division of Water Sciences is committed to engaging with youth and young scientists not just as beneficiaries but also as knowledge holders, changemakers and leaders that contribute to addressing water security. In this framework, the Water Sciences Division of UNESCO is proposing to create a Groundwater Youth Network.
Objectives of the UNESCO Groundwater Youth Network (GWYN)
- Create a Network of groundwater young ambassadors of change towards new management of natural resources.
- Empower young professionals through giving them an opportunity to be included in decision-making processes by sharing their ideas, experiences and good practices.
- Develop young participants professionally through capacity enhancement programmes.
- Serve as advocacy mechanism on behalf of young professionals to promote mainstreaming of youth participation in internationally groundwater activities.
- Identify key joint priorities and plans to implement initiatives related to groundwater and youth.
- Provide a platform to share technical and operational recommendations and solutions to integrate the youth perspective in the preparation of UNESCO-IHP’s activities and events related to groundwater.
For the duration of their engagement, the members of the Network will be working closely with professionals, academics, scientists, operators (both from public and private sector), civil society and policy makers, while being extensively exposed to high-profile dialogue and network of experts from all over the world. Furthermore, the network members will be involved in the post planned activities related work to define its outcomes and results, while having the chance to involve their respective youth network in the follow-up actions. Participating in GWYN will also be an opportunity to exchange with young professionals from all over the world interested in groundwater issues, and to strengthen their professional network.
The Network will consist of a group of youth aged from 18 to 24 and young professional scientists until 35 from all over the world, who will regularly virtually meet to take actions on the above-mentioned objectives. UNESCO Groundwater Youth Network (GWYN) – Concept note 2 The Network members will be free to organize and structure their work in the way they consider more suitable and convenient to them. The Network shall create a Steering Committee based on geographic (6 UNESCO regional representation) and gender balance. The committee will be established to lead and coordinate the actions of the GWYN for two years after which new members will be selected. The Steering Committee will elect a chair and a rapporteur at least.
HOW TO APPLY?
The applicant should:
- be aged between 18 and 35
- belong to an active youth-led network or organization whose activities include addressing Groundwater
- have knowledge and/or experience (in Groundwater) that can potentially bring benefit to a newly established Groundwater Youth Network
- be willing to devote sufficient time to (~4 hours per month) the affairs of the Groundwater Youth Network
- possess good communication skills
- be willing to work in a team environment
- be willing to work once GWYN is created
Interested candidates are welcomed to send their CVs accompanied by a 5-line paragraph explaining why they would like to be part of the Groundwater Youth Network and how this will benefit from their participation, through the following link https://forms.office.com/r/z2ixg2FC7E.
For more information please visit the official website.