International Youth Conference on Biodiversity

The Ministry of the Environment of Japan ("MOE") will hold the "International Youth Conference on Biodiversity in Aichi 2010" in Japan in August 2010 in order to promote communication among young people from around the world and to improve their mutual awareness of biodiversity. The conference is associated with the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (so-called "CBD COP10") that will be held in Aichi in October 2010. This conference takes impetus from a previous international youth conference held just before COP9 in Germany in May 2008 and the Asia Youth Conference held in Japan in August 2009, and is intended to
  1. Provide young people who will lead the next generation with opportunities to improve their understanding of and participation in conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity;
  2. Enhance development of young people who will lead the next generation through participation in a forum of international discussions and activities;
  3. Facilitate building of an international network for youths and mutual understanding among them.The MOE is now inviting applications from individuals in colleges, universities and high schools all over the world to participate in the conference.
Youths from around the world will meet in Aichi, to participate in various programs to discuss biodiversity. The conclusions will be compiled and presented at a public biodiversity forum to be held on the last day of the program.The conclusion and outcomes from the conference will be presented at the CBD COP10 by representatives of the conference.
Number of the international participants to be selected: 70 persons
Selected participants will be individuals who:
  • work on everything with a goal in mind and takes a positive look from a broad perspective;
  • spare no effort in satisfying his/her interests;
  • have normal lifestyles and moral values with well-rounded character;
  • are willing to contribute to solving the issues of the world as well as the domestic ones; and
  • are interested in biodiversity, environmental issues, and international relations.
Required qualifications
  • be between the ages of 15 and 24 as of April 1, 2010;
  • be able to speak and discuss in English at the conference;
  • be able to stay at the facility specified by the organizers from August 21 to 27, 2010 and to participate in all the programs scheduled during that period;
  • be able to obtain and provide a reference from someone other than his/her family;
  • have his/her own PC e-mail address, not cell-phone’s e-mail address, for communication of the information on the conference. If the applicant does not have his/her own e-mail address, he/she may use his/her parent’s one instead.
Click here to download Application Form
Applicants must submit the documents described in section (5) below to the following e-mail address: from his/her own e-mail address or, if not available, from his/her parent’s e-mail address. The application must be sent by e-mail and arrive no later than May 6.



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