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Water Youth Movement: Creating and Presenting the “Youth Vision” for Global Water

Last night, I got a rare chance to participate in the behind-the-scenes development of a global movement.  I was one of eight students who met in a nearby hotel lobby to write up our definitions of the three established Water Youth Movement pillars — Education, Crossing Boundaries and Innovation — and create a pivotal structural document outlining the Movement’s mission and goals that will be presented to the sixth World Water Forum Secretariat tomorrow. The group included the three leaders of the Youth Task Force, the governing body of the Water Youth Movement — Matt Agarwala, Rozemarinj ter Horst, and Marie-Alix Prat. The Water Youth Movement was organized by the Emerging Academic Program, in collaboration with Youth Diplomacy of France, The World Youth Parliament for Water, the Water and Youth International Movement, and other progressive youth-led associations. While the participating youth have had a presence at the past five World Water Forums, this conference in Marseille is the first chance the Youth Task Force has had a significant presence and voice amongst the businesses, diplomats, and NGO’s that participate in these global-level meeting. The opportunity to participate arose from attending the Youth Task Force Opening Session, which Sharon covered in more detail here.