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The Global Young Greens (GYG) is an emerging global organisation supporting and consolidating the efforts of young people working towards social justice, ecological sustainability, grassroots democracy and peace. GYG is a joint project of over 70 youth organisations and many hundreds of individuals, including the Federation of Young European Greens, Asia Pacific Young Greens Network, Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe, Young Volunteers for the Environment and others. GYG is a non-profit organisation under Belgian law.
The first informal meeting of young greens from around the world was held in Sydney, Australia prior to the 2001 Global Greens Conference,. Inspired by the Global Young Greens conference of 2001, in 2005 members of the Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG), Campus Greens USA, and many young Green groups and individuals began discussing via email holding another conference. In 2006 two persons began working out of the FYEG office in Brussels. The official founding congress of Global Young Greens was held from January 16–20, 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya. It was attended by 156 people, with 133 voting participants, all under 35. Despite efforts of the organisers, the gender balance was still 2:1 male to female. The numbers were approximately as follows: Africa: 89 (50 Kenyans), Americas: 5, Asia/Pacific: 31, Europe: 26.
Some of the countries that were represented included New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Canada, France, Spain, Tunisia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgykstan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Benin, Andorra, Czech Republic, Italy, Cyprus and Kenya.
The congress saw agreement on an organisational structure, a list of principals and also elected an organising committee featuring 16 young people from 4 regions: Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe.
Another informal, two-day GYG meeting was held in São Paulo, Brazil in April 2008, preceding the Global Greens Conference. Around 60 young greens participated.
The Second Congress of the GYG was held August 8–13, 2010 in the German capital Berlin. Over 100 delegates from 48 nations participated in the Congress which lasted for 6 days and included dozens of workshops, several high-level panel debates as well as alternative approaches to exchanging ideas and learning from each other. In Berlin, the structures of the network were revised. Impressions
Membership is open to people 35 and under who identify as Green. Green principles are generally known as “the four principles”:
- ecological sustainability
- social justice
- grassroots democracy
But this is merely the tip of the iceberg- for a full understanding of what it means to be Green, one and all should read the Global Greens Charter which is endorsed by GYG.
Additionally, the Global Young Greens are striving for the following principles on all levels (local, national, regional, global):
- Protection and restoration of the environment and respect towards animals
- Sustainable, equitable and just development
- Social Justice
- Grassroots, participatory and global democracy, and in particular empowering young people to participate and build more democratic societies
- Peaceful and non-military conflict resolution, arms control, disarmament
- Gender justice, empowerment of women
- Inter-generational justice, empowerment of youth and children
- Freedom from discrimination on any grounds whatsoever, and equality for all
- Empowerment of marginalised and disadvantaged people.
- Just globalisation and fair trade
- Personal freedom on the basis of universal human rights
- The right of all people to self-determination particularly indigenous people.
The objectives of GYG are to:
- Empower young people within the framework of participatory democracy
- Create a space for young people to be active without being dominated by older generations
- Address inequalities between organizations and individuals
- Forge strong links between sectors and organizations
- Further the Green principles on planet Earth
Steering Committee (SC)
At the 2017 Congress in Liverpool, the Steering Committee was reduced in size to eight, with two representatives from each region. These were:
- Zoe Lee (Taiwan)
- Janmejai Tiwari (India)
- Samantha Anzemo (Kenya)
- Thompson Luzendi (Zambia)
- Alice Hubbard (United Kingdom)
- Joseph Harmer (United Kingdom)
- Gloria Polanco (Dominican Republic)
- Ian Soutar (Canada)
Members of the SC elected in Dakar were (until the congress in Liverpool): Alex Surace (Australia), Amy Tyler (Australia), Bart Dhondt (Belgium) Bernardo Estacio (Venezuela), Forget Chinomona (Zimbabwe), Jaime Andres Carrero Suarez (Colombia), Julia Duppre (Brasil), Michaela Prassl (Austria), Nassima Guettal (Algeria), Perlo Michel (Senegal), Robyn Lewis (Australia), Rose Wachuka (Kenya), Sarah Benke (Germany), Tanya Gutmanis (Canada), Teo Abaishavili (Georgia), Yangki Imade Suara (Indonesia),
Previous members of the SC elected in Berlin (until the Congress in Dakar) are: Adam Sommerfeld (Canada), Alex Surace (Australia), Ann Bulimu (Kenya), Anna Kavalenka (Belarus), Clarence Chollet (Switzerland), Chung-Ming Wang (Taiwan), Jesùs López (Venezuela), Kalpana Ambepitiya (Sri Lanka), Kelvin Kaunda (Zambia), Lukas Beiglböck (Austria), Mareike Rehl (Germany), Masami Muramatsu (Japan), Roberta Morena Santos (Brazil), Roselin Monogla (Benin), Sandra Guzman (Mexico),
- Conservation movement
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- Global Greens Charter
- Global Warming
- Global Young Greens
- Grassroots democracy
- Human overpopulation
- List of environmental organizations
- Natural environment
- Participatory democracy
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