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Turning societal challenges into common opportunities: environment and sustainable development

Wednesday, 9 December 2020  •  09:45 AM  •  Workshop room 2

Hardly any other topic has gained as much importance in recent years as climate issues and sustainability. Nevertheless, in many places there is a lack of truly sustainable policy and practice. Above all, young people are increasingly putting pressure on political decision-makers and society. The panel will discuss what political framework is needed and what learning settings are useful so that youth work and non-formal / informal learning contribute to sustainable development.

Jasson Jakovides

Jasson Jakovides is project developer, facilitator and a Managing Partner of the non-profit corporate Fields Institute. He has many years of experience in advising and supporting companies and institutions on communication and sustainability issues, for example German Savings Banks and several federal and regional ministries. He is a member of the German National Platform and Spokesman of the expert forum “Non-formal and Informal Learning” in the UN "Education for Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the SDGs" programme (in short "ESD for 2030"). He is an enthusiastic fan of regional educational communities (German: Bildungslandschaften), too.

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Johanna Nyman

Johanna leads the work with inclusive green finance at the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), a global platform for central banks and financial regulators. Before joining AFI she worked with global climate policy, sustainable development, and climate security in London and in Brussels. Johanna has a strong youth work background, in 2015 - 2016 she was the president of the European Youth Forum and before that a board member of the same platform. She has, since the age of 12, been active in the scout movement and did for many years hold positions of trust in the Finnish Youth Council Allianssi and the school student movement in Finland. Her educational background is in environmental sciences and climate policy.

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Burcu Meltem Arik

Burcu graduated from Middle East Technical University (METU), concentrating on industrial and environmental chemistry. She became a birdwatcher in the university. During her civil society experience, which began as a student and evolved from environmental/nature education to sustainability education, her path crossed the Education Reform Initiative for the first time in 2007. She conducted Critical Thinking, Teacher Policy and Good Practices in Education projects. Burcu taught online “Ecological Literacy and Sustainability” and “Biomimicry” courses at Istanbul Bilgi University. She is member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Education and Communication Commission, co-author of the Council of Europe Sustainability for Youth and Mediterranean-Mosaic books, founder partner of House of Nature Plays.

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