Nicolò Wojewoda is the charismatic director of Road to Rio. This coalition of 100 youth-led organisations is collaborating to realize the full potential of the Rio conference. They are devoting their time to raise awareness and to build momentum around the final negotiation round taking place in Rio. Nicolo and the Road to Rio team are closely collaborating with the Major Group for Children and Youth, the official entrypoint for young people in the Rio+20 stakeholder engagement process. In the podcast at the bottom of the post, Nicolò shares his perspective on the power, importance and possibilities of the younger generation to engage in the final negotiation round during the Earth Summit in Rio. Events to build momentum.
Skepticism ahead of Rio+20 is rife, let’s be honest. And for good reason: We are still a long way from having even a proper definition of Green Economy, a concept which is considered the cornerstone of the conference and of sustainable development at large. Meanwhile, the European financial crisis dominates many a political mind, with environmental conferences finishing, at best, a distant second on the current political radar. Amidst all this doom and gloom, I recently had a rare chance to hear what one of the true leaders of the environmental movement had to say about all this. More specifically, I attended a small-group meeting on the 23rd of April with Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP.