Exciting news! The Students on Ice Alumni Delegation is heading to the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) this weekend at Washington University in St. Louis! At the conference, they will present the idea of an official Youth Arctic Council (YAC) to world leaders and university students passionate about creating change.
President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (http://www.cgiu.org/) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders from university campuses around the world. CGIU brings together some 1200 students and experts every year to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Furthermore, CGIU participants develop unique Commitments to Action to follow through to their goals. The Students on Ice Alumni Delegation’s Commitment to Action is to establish the Youth Arctic Council.
YAC aims to provide a heightened forum for youth to voice their opinions, propose ideas and collaborate to address the lack of accessibility for youth to provide input & influence Arctic decision-making. YAC will include diverse youth participation from all Arctic Council states, Permanent Participants, & Observer states with an emphasis on the leadership and involvement of circumpolar aboriginal youth. CGIU is a unique opportunity to work on YAC with international experts who can provide critical feedback and connections to help bring it to fruition.
SOI Delegation leads Andrew Wong and Fatin Chowdhury will be attending CGIU and will bring back everything they learn to share with the delegation network and continue working on this exciting project in the upcoming year.
The conference runs from April 5 – 7, 2013. To learn more, visit www.soidelegation.com and www.facebook.com/soidelegation. For live updates throughout the weekend, follow @SOIDelegation, @AndrewLFWong and @Fatinic on Twitter!