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UNU Bonn Interns Selected to Attend Conference on Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development in Bansko, Bulgaria

Famil Mammadov (UNU-ViE) and Andrea Milan (UNU-EHS) were selected to attend the international youth seminar “Youth work fostering European youth action for environmental protection and sustainable development”. From 14 to 20 March 2011, 22 participants from more than 10 countries promoted European youth work as the main catalyst of youth action.

Both Famil Mammadov and Andrea Milan reflected positively on the seminar:

Attending the seminar was great and inspiring, since it allowed us to learn about youth work on sustainable development, build networks and share our own visions with young people from many European countries. We learned that youth action can and should play a very important role in addressing global issues such as sustainable development and environmental protection.

During the seminar, the interns had the chance to discuss options and ways to strengthen participation of youth in the protection, preservation and improvement of the environment, as well as ways to promote integration of environmental education and training into both formal education and training programmes in Europe.


In the first seminar session, Famil Mammadov provided insights in the working areas, mission and key objectives of UNU and UNU-ViE, while Andrea Milan presented the work of UNU-EHS and of the Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability & Adaptation (EMSVA) academic section in particular.

In another session of the seminar, the interns shared their knowledge on European youth work for environmental protection and sustainable development, with a focus on the preparations for the Rio+20 Conference that will be held in Rio 4-6 June 2012.

The seminar was organized by the Human Rights Club at the Balkan Center for Regional Development (HRC at BCRD) in cooperation with the Council of Europe and the Central European Initiative.

For more information about the UNU Bonn internship possibilities, please visit the UNU Bonn internship website.

Famil Mammadov (left) and Andrea Milan (right)