The founding conference in January 2007 in Nairobi was a brilliant experience for over 150 young people. This was where we met for the first time and laid down the principles, objectives, and statutes of GYG.
The GYG conference, held from January 16-20 2007, was attended by 156 people, with 133 voting participants, all under 35. The numbers were approximately as follows:
- Africa: 89 (50 Kenyans)
- Americas: 5
- Asia Pacific: 31
- Europe: 26
Accommodation was at the MF Hostel, a leafy property on the outskirts of Nairobi. Tents were rented, and mattresses and blankets were bought. These were later donated to two local facilities in Nairobi, caring for orphans suffering from AIDS and terminal diseases. Video footage of these facilities is online, with the link appearing at the end of this report.
The conference was held in the nearby United States International University (USIU), a twenty minute walk away which participants did as a group at the beginning and end of each day.
The objective of this GYG conference was to bring together the next generation- or as many as possible- of young Green activists and explore the possibility of working together globally. Inspired by the Global Young Greens conference of 2001, in 2005 members of the Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG), Campus Greens USA, and many young Green groups and individuals began discussing via email holding another conference. In 2006 Caroline Ayling and Maarten Coertjens began working out of the FYEG office in Brussels and that year many wonderful people became actively involved. Thomas Millen traveled to Nairobi for three months prior to the conference to organise on the ground; Janna Schönfeld made mammoth contributions to the financial and political aspects of the meeting, and Paul Santman stoically took care of registrations and fund raising, communications and design. In addition to these people, literally hundreds of young people around the world contributed in various ways- writing fund raising applications, contributing to the political foundation through wiki and the mailing list, holding preparation meetings and more. We can’t mention everyone’s names here, but those who put time and effort and great belief into GYG, you should be very proud. The steering committee wishes to particularly thank the Babel team of translators who worked so hard towards common understandings before and during the conference. Thanks also to the volunteers from the MF Hostel and USIU, who treated the invasion of young Greens with good grace and provided fantastic assistance and input. The highest credit and gratitude must go to the supporters who enabled this project to go ahead. GYG would like to loudly and proudly thank: the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Swedish Green forum, the Green Belt Movement of Kenya, the Manzingira Green party, the Green Group in the European Parliament, in particular Marie-Hélène Aubert, Alain Lipietz, Carl Schlyter, Michael Cramer, Frithjof Schmidt and David Hammerstein, the European Green party and all the guest speakers in our opening and closing ceremonies; the national parties who gave generously, in particular the French, Austrian and Italian and Australian Green parties; and finally, to each and every organisation and individual who contributed. This humble thank you card is for...read more
This report has been prepared by the first steering committee of the Global Young Greens (GYG), and contains information on the background, program and outcomes of GYG’s founding congress. Also included here are the formal documents worked on and endorsed by the congress: the statutes, objectives and statement of principles of GYG, and the voting methods employed by the congress. Please also see the action plan which is being developed by the steering committee. Not included, but also endorsed by GYG, is the Global Greens charter. And finally, we also include a thank you card, which is a small way of expressing thanks to the many individuals and organisations who supported this conference and the birth of the GYG. While no card could ever really be adequate, we hope that our achievements in the following years will do justice to the support we have been so fortunate to...read more
On January 20, 2007, the Global Young Greens were fortunate enough to hold a joint conference with the members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Marie-Hélène Aubert is a representative of Les Verts, the French Green party, in the European Parliament. She demonstrated her particular passion for the future of Africa and its cooperation with Europe by holding a joint workshop with African youths. Alain Lipietz, also from France, is an economist and member of the European Parliament who leads its delegation to the Andean Community: Equateur, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia and Bolivia. With a strong interest in the rights of Indigenous people and international trade as well as grassroots activism, Alain provided a truly global perspective. Carl Schlyter represents the Swedish Green party, Miljöpartiet De Gröna, says that industry lobbyists influence legislation in Europe, leading to environmental degredation. Carl supports fair trade as a way to combat global inequality. All three of these MEPs are members of the Greens/EFA. The Greens/EFA is a European parliamentary group made up of Greens and representatives from regional parties. It is composed of 42 MEPs from 13 countries. Global Challenges – Green Responses: Parliamentarians meet Youth Leaders to discuss Globalisation Nairobi, 20th January 2006 3 Green MEPs (Marie-Hélène Aubert, Alain Lipietz, Carl Schlyter) discuss with global youth activists the role of youth in Globalisation. Panel 1: 9:00 – 9:15h: Introductory words 9:15 – 10h: What Youth expects from Global leaders: results of the Youth Forum Panel 2: 10h – 11h: Green youth movements in the Americas, Asia/Pacific, Africa and Europe: an overview and comparison + discussion 11h – 11:30 Coffee break Workshops: 11:30h- 12:30: Workshop 1: Alain Lipietz: How Youth can contribute to Environmental Protection on the Local Level Workshop 2: Marie-Hélène Aubert: Which prospects for the Youth of Africa? The role of Education Workshop 3: Carl Schlyter: It is still possible to act local and think global Panel 3: 12:30- 13h Results of the workshops and final debate: Future cooperation of Parliamentarians and...read more