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Send a Delegate to the 2010 UN Convention on Biological Diversity!

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September 01, 2010

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EVENT DATE: Oct 15, 2010

Emma Mullaney


I was recently selected as a delegate to attend the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity 10th Conference of the Parties in Nagoya, Japan, from October 18-29, 2010. As Policy Advisor for an organization called SustainUS, I will be part of an official delegation representing the United States in negotiations at an international level. We will develop policy recommendations and collaborate with other U.S. and international youth activists. I will also be producing public scholarship – blogging for various NGOs, writing op-eds and articles from my experience – and presenting my own academic research as part of side events at the convention. My commitment to these negotiations stems from a deep personal interest in agrobiodiversity conservation and food security, which has guided much of my academic and public service work in recent years. Together, the delegation of volunteers will pave the way for representations of US Youth at future Biological Diversity policy negotiations.

The only non-profit program of its kind in the country, SustainUS has successfully increased youth stakeholder involvement at the United Nations for the past eight years. As an accredited non-governmental organization, SustainUS will effectively engage government policymakers at the international level. At this year’s negotiations, governments will be deciding on policy regarding the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, specific regulations for genetic resources and technology, impact assessment, and increasing public awareness of these issues. The SustainUS delegation plays a vital role in calling for American leadership on a bold, binding and just international biodiversity treaty with science-based targets. We will join over 500 international youth to ensure that all countries understand that we have no time to wait. The world demands that we all act now for a just, safe, and sustainable future.


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