Connecting the dots: Youth and the National Implementation Plans (NIPs)-BRS COPs Event

This side event at the 2023 Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions is co-organized by the AKO Foundation,International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), and Africa Youth Alliance for Chemicals and Waste (AYACW), with support from the Geneva Environment Network. This event will discuss the importance of ensuring that National Implementation Plans (NIPs) for the Stockholm Conventions for sustainability are participatory and inclusive and that the voices of youth are reflected in the processes.

About this Event
Persistent Organic Pollutants endanger future generations. The implementation of the Stockholm Convention is key to advancing intergenerational equity and a toxic-free future. However, the participation of youth is still limited. Engagement with youth around chemicals and waste is crucial, but often overlooked. A much larger proportion of youth do not have the opportunity to fully develop their potential and contribute effectively to the development agenda. According to the Stockholm Convention (Article 7), parties must develop and strive to implement a plan for carrying out their obligations under the convention. These national implementation plans are critical components in ensuring POPs are not harmful to human health or the environment.

This brief outline focuses on enabling young people’s active participation in the National Implementation Plans (NIPs) for the Stockholm Conventions for sustainability. According to the UN Global Youth Report, the active engagement of youth in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving sustainable, inclusive, and stable societies and to averting the worst threats and challenges to sustainable development, including the impacts of the Triple Planetary Crisis.


This event will take place in a hybrid format, both in-person and virtually. In-person participation is open to the registered participants to the BRS COPs. Online participation is open to all.

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The event is livestreamed from CICG and via Webex.

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