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Welcome to the third Eastern Partnership Youth Conference - Youth for Environment (24-26 September 2020)

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Thursday, September 24
 

10:00 CEST

Official Opening Ceremony
Moderators
avatar for Ana Indoitu

Ana Indoitu

Working Group 4 Delegate, EaP CSF
avatar for Artiom Radu

Artiom Radu

Young European Ambassador, EU Neighbours East

Speakers
avatar for Zaur Akbar

Zaur Akbar

Working Group 4 Coordinator, EaP CSF
avatar for Michael Roth

Michael Roth

Minister of State for Europe, German Federal Foreign Office
avatar for Lawrence Meredith

Lawrence Meredith

Director, Eastern Neighbourhood and Institution Building, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission
avatar for Michael Meier

Michael Meier

Head of the Division “International Dialogue”, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung


Thursday September 24, 2020 10:00 - 10:30 CEST

10:30 CEST

Belarus in the spotlight
Speakers
avatar for Irina Sukhy

Irina Sukhy

Ecohome


Thursday September 24, 2020 10:30 - 10:45 CEST

10:45 CEST

Kick-off session for participants
Moderators
avatar for Ana Indoitu

Ana Indoitu

Working Group 4 Delegate, EaP CSF
avatar for Artiom Radu

Artiom Radu

Young European Ambassador, EU Neighbours East

Thursday September 24, 2020 10:45 - 11:00 CEST

11:00 CEST

Virtual Coffee Break
Thursday September 24, 2020 11:00 - 11:15 CEST

11:15 CEST

Panel Discussion: Make-or-break time for the Eastern Partnership - Reducing climate footprint effectively
Human activities are among the main causes of increasing global temperatures, warming of the oceans, dramatic weather fluctuations – all of which are leading to a general change of the Earth’s climate. The Paris Climate Pact (2015) was an important step towards the climate-neutral planet, yet several political, industrial and societal challenges need to be overcome in order to reduce the climate footprint in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood. Moreover, the economic recovery from the current pandemic must not come at the expense of our environmental goals. How alive is the Green Agenda, especially in the time of COVID-19? How can young people contribute to a sustainable recovery and a reduction in the climate footprint?

Moderators
avatar for Ina Coseru

Ina Coseru

Working Group 3 Coordinator, EaP CSF

Speakers
avatar for Maia Javakhishvili

Maia Javakhishvili

Deputy Head, Environment and Climate Change Department, Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia
avatar for Ecaterina Melnicenco

Ecaterina Melnicenco

Expert in Environmental Programs, EcoContact
avatar for Irina Ghaplanyan

Irina Ghaplanyan

Deputy Minister of Environment, Republic of Armenia


Thursday September 24, 2020 11:15 - 12:30 CEST

12:30 CEST

Lunch break concert played by Via Dacă (Moldova)
Speakers
avatar for Via Dacă

Via Dacă

Moldova


Thursday September 24, 2020 12:30 - 13:30 CEST

13:30 CEST

Capacity building workshop: Green Mentality for Green Life
Moderators
avatar for Nathalie Niekisch

Nathalie Niekisch

Environmental activist, Wandelwerk

Thursday September 24, 2020 13:30 - 15:30 CEST

13:30 CEST

Capacity building workshop: How to Simply Communicate Green Agenda Outside of your Bubble?
Moderators
avatar for Tatiana Shauro

Tatiana Shauro

Regional Officer, Climate Action Network

Thursday September 24, 2020 13:30 - 15:30 CEST

15:00 CEST

EaP CSF Green Ideathon - finding your project idea
The EaP CSF Green Ideathon aims to generate solutions to environmental problems in educational systems and develop small-scale projects.

Moderators
avatar for Maria Davydchyk

Maria Davydchyk

Learning Coach, Smart Learning Academy

Thursday September 24, 2020 15:00 - 16:30 CEST
 
Friday, September 25
 

09:00 CEST

Meet and Greet
Moderators
avatar for Ana Indoitu

Ana Indoitu

Working Group 4 Delegate, EaP CSF
avatar for Artiom Radu

Artiom Radu

Young European Ambassador, EU Neighbours East

Speakers
avatar for Sintija Bernava

Sintija Bernava

Working Group 4 Coordinator, EaP CSF
avatar for Michael Kretschmer

Michael Kretschmer

Minister-President, German Federal State of Saxony
avatar for Yvon Slingenberg

Yvon Slingenberg

Director, International, Mainstreaming & Policy Coordination, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission


Friday September 25, 2020 09:00 - 09:30 CEST

09:30 CEST

Panel Discussion: The European Green Deal - what future for EaP Youth?
Climate actions can be pathways for young people to galvanise national and local agendas for changing behaviours and policies, and to ensure sustainable development of the Eastern Partnership region. Thus, young people want to be part of the public dialogue on the environment, expressing a vivid motivation to eliminate pollution, and enhance the level of clean energy and sustainable mobility – all to transform the impact of economics and damaging social behaviour patterns on the environment. What is the role of the European Green Deal for EaP and Russia? How can young people contribute to the dialogue with their authorities? How can the European Green Deal be implemented in the eastern neighbourhood, while ensuring the vision of young people?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Hans-Jürgen Heimsoeth

Hans-Jürgen Heimsoeth

Special Representative for the Eastern Partnership, German Foreign Office
avatar for Iryna Stavchuk

Iryna Stavchuk

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine
avatar for Olha Boiko

Olha Boiko

Coordinator, Climate Action Network
avatar for Linus Steinmetz

Linus Steinmetz

Climate activist, FridaysForFuture


Friday September 25, 2020 09:30 - 10:45 CEST

10:45 CEST

Virtual Coffee Break
Friday September 25, 2020 10:45 - 11:00 CEST

11:00 CEST

Virtual Café: Introductory remarks
The aim of the Virtual Café session is to discuss the current state of play in selected areas with experts in thematic groups (energy, pollution and mobility). This session will help participants to understand the current challenges in the respective areas as well as to learn what is already in place to solve the existing shortcomings. This session will build the ground for young people to elaborate further policy recommendations.

Moderators
avatar for Ina Coseru

Ina Coseru

Working Group 3 Coordinator, EaP CSF
avatar for Ana Indoitu

Ana Indoitu

Working Group 4 Delegate, EaP CSF

Friday September 25, 2020 11:00 - 11:15 CEST

11:00 CEST

Virtual Café: Session 1: Clean Energy Package for European Green Deal
This thematic session will focus on the future of renewable energy as part of the European Green Deal. It will focus on current policies, its shortcomings and potential actions and steps that need to be introduced in the EaP countries, giving a special attention to youth vision.

Moderators
avatar for Ana Otilia Nutu

Ana Otilia Nutu

Working Group 3 Coordinator, EaP CSF

Speakers
avatar for Olena Pavlenko

Olena Pavlenko

President, DiXi Group Ukraine


Friday September 25, 2020 11:00 - 12:30 CEST

11:00 CEST

Virtual Café: Session 2: Environment
The thematic session will focus on the major priorities and challenges of the current situation and policies in the environmental sector in the EaP countries. The contribution of the EU4Environment Regional Action to promote a greener and circular economy as part of European Green Deal will be presented. Potential actions and opportunities for youth participation and involvement will be addressed together with the group.

Moderators
avatar for Ecaterina Melnicenco

Ecaterina Melnicenco

Expert in Environmental Programs, EcoContact

Speakers
avatar for Andrei Isac

Andrei Isac

National Action Coordinator, EU4Environment Programme, Moldova


Friday September 25, 2020 11:00 - 12:30 CEST

11:00 CEST

Virtual Café: Session 3: Alternative Mobility
The transport sector in the EaP countries is still experiencing unsustainable growth. The EaP countries governments should give more institutional support and tax incentives for electric, hybrid vehicles and non-motorised transport development and increase market penetration green transport modes. This thematic session will dwell more into the current needs of the mobility sector in light of the societal changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderators
avatar for Eka Laliashvili

Eka Laliashvili

Delegate, EaP CSF

Speakers
avatar for Gela Kvashilava

Gela Kvashilava

Chairman, Georgian Road Safety Partnership


Friday September 25, 2020 11:00 - 12:30 CEST

12:30 CEST

Lunch break concert
Friday September 25, 2020 12:30 - 14:00 CEST

14:00 CEST

Big Fish session
A “Big Fish” session is an online public discussion with international stakeholders, which aims to facilitate direct dialogue between the participants of the conference and policy-makers. During this session participants will present the results of discussions of the virtual Café session and have an opportunity to ask their questions to the policy-makers.

Moderators
avatar for Ana Indoitu

Ana Indoitu

Working Group 4 Delegate, EaP CSF

Speakers
avatar for Vassilis Maragos

Vassilis Maragos

Head of Unit, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus & Eastern Partnership, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission
avatar for Marketa Gregorova

Marketa Gregorova

Member of European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, European Parliament


Friday September 25, 2020 14:00 - 15:00 CEST

14:00 CEST

EaP CSF Green Ideathon - work in progress
During this session, participants will continue developing their project ideas and transform them into project proposals. The aim of the session is to prepare final proposals, which will be pitched to the Selection Committee on Day 3.

Moderators
avatar for Maria Davydchyk

Maria Davydchyk

Learning Coach, Smart Learning Academy

Friday September 25, 2020 14:00 - 15:30 CEST

15:30 CEST

Virtual Break
Friday September 25, 2020 15:30 - 16:00 CEST

16:00 CEST

EaP CSF Green Ideathon Continuation - work in progress
Moderators
avatar for Maria Davydchyk

Maria Davydchyk

Learning Coach, Smart Learning Academy

Friday September 25, 2020 16:00 - 16:45 CEST
 
Saturday, September 26
 

10:00 CEST

EaP CSF Green Ideathon: Pitch your project
A pitch is a short presentation/speech, aiming to persuade the audience to select a project. Participants will be given 3 minutes to describe briefly the aim of the project, its main targeted audience, and how the project will contribute to solving environmental issues and help to increase awareness among the population. Moreover, projects will have to show how they are interlinked with educational activities and/or educational curricula.

Selection Committee
avatar for Ina Coseru

Ina Coseru

Working Group 3 Coordinator, EaP CSF
avatar for Christopher Forst

Christopher Forst

Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Regional Office "Dialogue Eastern Europe"
avatar for Yaroslav Minkin

Yaroslav Minkin

Delegate, EaP CSF
avatar for Andriy Pavlovych

Andriy Pavlovych

Salto Youth


Saturday September 26, 2020 10:00 - 12:00 CEST

12:00 CEST

Break
Saturday September 26, 2020 12:00 - 12:30 CEST

12:30 CEST

EaP CSF Green Ideathon: Announcement of the Winners
Speakers
avatar for Christopher Forst

Christopher Forst

Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Regional Office "Dialogue Eastern Europe"


Saturday September 26, 2020 12:30 - 13:00 CEST

12:50 CEST

EaP CSF Green Ideathon: Closing remarks
Moderators
avatar for Ina Coseru

Ina Coseru

Working Group 3 Coordinator, EaP CSF
avatar for Andriy Pavlovych

Andriy Pavlovych

Salto Youth

Saturday September 26, 2020 12:50 - 13:00 CEST