Application Deadline 1 PM April 30 for NY+20 Side-event at UN

     As part of the MyCity+20 global youth initiative, a diverse group of youth came together in New York City on April 27th, 2012 to assert our common commitment to a healthy and sustainable world. NY+20 inspired youth to become involved in the UN processes that impact their futures. At the end of the meeting we established a “Youth Statement” with four critical areas for action ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as Rio+20) and call for world leaders to implement the following commitments.

    We will be presenting our “Youth Statement” at a side-event for at the UN Headquarters on April 30 from 6:15 – 7:45 PM during the UNCSD second informal-informal negotiations on the Zero Draft of Outcome Document of UNCSD. We have twenty-five passes for the side-event. If you are interested in attending the side-event, please enter your information here (or application found below- click submit) before 1 PM on April 30, 2012. We will give the twenty-five (25) passes to the first 25 people who apply.

   We will be emailing the first 25 participants by 1 PM on April 30,2012. Registration for the side-event is at the UN Visitors Entrance is located at 46th Street and First Avenue. Please make sure that you can be at the UN Headquarters before 3 PM to register. It is very important to bring a government issued ID.

   More info on the side-event here. Check out the schedule for the UNCSD second informal-informal negotiations on the Zero Draft of Outcome Document of UNCSD here. Thank you for your contributions and support. We are honored to be working with you on the “Future We Want.”

NY+20 Draft Youth Statement HERE.


You’re Invited to Join NY+20 Online


NY+20 seeks to educate young people about the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as Rio+20) this June and issues of sustainable development and providing them with the opportunity to encourage governments to act.

NY+20 will be a one-day event held during the second round of UN Informal-Informals on Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Ford Foundation from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Brice Lalonde, UNCSD Rio+20 Executive Coordinator will be the keynote speaker at this event. Other speakers include Ambassador Ojiambo of Kenya.

Through NY+20, we can inspire regional youth to become involved in the UN processes that impact their futures, and allow them to form their own opinions on sustainable development. NY+20’s participants will develop their own “Youth Statement” about what they would like to see happen at Rio, and then present this to the global community. We will be presenting our “Youth Statement” at a side event during the second round of UN Informal-Informals the following Monday, April 30 from 6:15-730 PM at the UN headquarters.

Watch us online!

The event that will capture diverse youth voices from NY and surrounding areas is being extended online! If you are interested in Sustainable Development, youth voices and/or Rio+20, NY+20 is YOUR chance to have your voice heard loud and clear around the world. Join an interactive discussion that will happen throughout the day on 27 April 2012 starting at 9am EST. Listen to the conference opening and closing streamed live and interact with live facilitators that will discuss key issues for sustainable development and Rio+20. How do you see the future of sustainable development?

Tune into our live-stream and interactive conference on our website(, or following the directions below!

There are several ways you can join the two-part event:

1. Go to and click the red “join event” button for the first half of the event from 9am-12pm EST

2. Go to and click the red “join event” button for the second half of the event from 1pm-3:30pm EST

3. Participate by clicking the red “join event” button on our partner EOTO World’s Facebook, on the tab labeled “My Live Events” to watch both the first and second half:  

To find your correct time zone, use this:

Follow the conference on twitter: #NY20online @NYplus20 

You can join in via mobile phone, computer text or video! If you plan to interact with us via video, be sure to have headphones, mic and a working camera. If you cannot participate via video, no problem! You can text your comments/questions to us and everyone can view it live.


Blog Contest! 

Whether you are watching online or attending the event onsite, we encourage all our participants to blog about our event. The winner of our blog contest gets their blog posted on the, UNICEF, and our other media partners website. And, if you are in New York, we can give you a ticket to attend our side-event at the UN on Monday, April 30, 2012.

Win a trip to Rio! 


What do Christiana Figueres & Leonardo DiCaprio. have in common? They’re helping decide who wins a trip to #RioPlus20. Could it be you?

The ‘Date With History’ contest is an opportunity  for young people around the globe to inspire the leaders of the world to act boldly and with urgency on key issues impacting the future of our planet. Entrants can upload a video speech below, and the top videos voted by the online public will be shared at the upcoming Rio Earth Summit in June.

diverse jury of prominent celebrities, environmental activists and thought leaders will select one winner who will travel to Rio de Janeiro to participate in the summit and to share their vision!

If you’re interested in doing more, please email Manish Joshi for other opportunities.

Join our conversation and get the “FUTURE YOU WANT.”

Your NY+20 Team:

Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science, The Human Impacts Institute, The Ford Foundation, MyCity+20, Peace Child International, EOTO World, UNICEF, Global Kids, UN DESA, IISD Reporting Services, UN Major Group for Children and Youth, The Jane Goodall Institute, Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest, International Youth Council, The Sounding Board

NY+20 side-event at UN on April 30

Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development (CUCSD) is doing an side-event for NY+20  at the UN Headquarters on April 30 from 6:15 – 7:45 PM during the UNCSD second informal-informal negotiations on the Zero Draft of Outcome Document of UNCSD.

Check out the schedule for the UNCSD second informal-informal negotiations on the Zero Draft of Outcome Document of UNCSD HERE.


Thanks to CUCSD’s Kate Offerdahl, Andrew McCormack, and John Romano for making this happen!