Vatican Youth Symposium Programme

2017

 
Programme October 13, 2017
19:00 – Global Village and Reception Dinner
21:00 pm
 
Programme October 14, 2017
9:00 am SESSION I – Welcome
The opening session of the Vatican Youth Symposium will look at the role of young people in fostering solidarity and fraternity in order to address the world’s most pressing issues.
Dr Betsee Parker, Baroness of Locheil
Special Consultant to the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Board Member SDG Center for Africa, President Huntland Foundation, President MacOwen Charitable Trust
Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo
Chancellor of the Pontifi cal Academy of Sciences (PAS)
Professor Jeffrey Sachs
Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
Dr Anthony Annett
Climate Change and Sustainable Development Advisor, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
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Speakers will discuss how youth can be stewards of our planet for a more fraternal and supportive society.
10.30 am Break and group photo
11:00 am SESSION II– People & Society
Speakers will be asked to share experiences from their respective organisations and communities on how they have served to ensure that no one is left behind. This means working to provide a healthy living environment, free of poverty and hunger, and with access to education, health and sanitation, to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential.
All speakers in this session will speak to this topic and answer critical questions on creating lasting change. After each presentation, attendees will ask questions of the speakers, encouraging open discussion and participation.
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Lead speakers:
Zeenia Kolah, SheSays [10 minutes]
Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu, Hope For Children [10 minutes]
Peggy Tse, Health Impact Fund (HIF) [10 minutes]
Gabriel Marquim, Casa Vincular [10 minutes]
Mariana Ruenes, SINTRATA [10 minutes]
Lori Chen, Emergency Medical Services Volunteer [10 minutes]
Anja Rabezanahary, UNLEASH [10 minutes]
Alejandra Acosta, HeForShe [10 minutes]
Obinna Nnewuihe, Commonwealth Youth Health Network (CYHN) [10 minutes]
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Aims of session:
• Share experiences, success stories and best practices to inspire and empower participants.
• Commit to tangible actions and concrete outcomes to create real and lasting change.
• Broaden knowledge and deepen understanding of the challenges and opportunities.
12:30 pm General Discussion on Session II
1:00 pm Lunch at the Casina Pio IV
2:30 pm SESSION III – Fulcrum of Fraternity: from Partition to Partnership
Darshita Gillies, CEO, Blu Dot Advisory [15 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A]
2:50 pm SESSION IV– Planet & Environment
Speakers will be asked to share experiences from their respective organisations and communities on how they have acted together with likeminded young people to protect the environment. This means working to safeguard our delicate and vulnerable ecosystems, preventing further impacts of climate change, and ensuring responsible consumption and production. Speakers will be asked to reflect on their techniques of climate mitigation and their work on promoting renewables and improving energy efficiency.
All speakers in this session will speak to this topic and answer critical questions on creating lasting change. After each presentation, attendees will ask questions of the speakers, encouraging open discussion and participation.
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Lead speakers:
Anthony Bucci, Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle [10 minutes]
Teayeon Kim, UN Environmental Program (UNEP) [10 minutes]
Margaret Koli, United Nations University and UN Habitat Youth Advisor Board (Africa)[10 minutes]
Federico Brocchieri, Italian Climate Network (ICN) [10 minutes]
Clayton Ferrara, Ideas for Us [10 minutes]
Martin Meier, World Scout Committee [10 minutes]
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Aims of session:
• Share experiences, success stories and best practices to inspire and empower participants.
• Commit to tangible actions and concrete outcomes to create real and lasting change.
• Broaden knowledge and deepen understanding of the challenges and opportunities.
3:50 pm General Discussion on Session IV
4:20 pm Break
4:50 pm SESSION V– Prosperity (& Work)
In this session, speakers will present tangible and practical solutions to promote the theme of prosperity and the eradication of modern slavery and human trafficking. Speakers will be asked to highlight how they have worked in solidarity with other young people to promote economic, social and technological progress in harmony with nature to further promote equal opportunity, sustainable prosperity and communal progress, this includes ensuring equal access to energy. This session will address the theme of the future of work, and the role of young people in the transition to a shared economy.
Focusing on the marriage of social, economic and technological process and the much needed return to communal and social values. Speakers will be asked to share success stories on how they have endeavoured to promote inclusive and sustainable growth within their local communities. All speakers in this session will speak to this topic and answer critical questions on creating lasting change. After each presentation, attendees will ask questions of the speakers, encouraging open discussion and participation.
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Lead speakers:
Gabriela May Lagunes, BBOXX [10 minutes]
Maria Cristina Bagaforo, Bahay Pangarap Diocesan Shelter [10 minutes]
Kevin Vuong, Agency for Public + Social Innovation & Her Majesty The Queen’s Young Leaders Program [10 minutes]
Darshatha Gamage, Rotaract [10 minutes]
Theresa Heindl, Weltwärts [10 minutes]
Eman Borg, Her Majesty The Queen’s Young Leaders Program [10 minutes]
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Aims of session:
• Share experiences, success stories and best practices to inspire and empower participants.
• Commit to tangible actions and concrete outcomes to create real and lasting change.
• Broaden knowledge and deepen understanding of the challenges and opportunities.
5:50 pm General Discussion on Session V
6:30 pm Dinner at the Casina Pio IV
 
Programme October 15, 2017
9:00 am SESSION I – Harnessing the Power of Youth
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Sam Nemat Vaghar [20 minutes]
Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Millennium Campus Network (MCN)
Dr Alaa Murabit [20 minutes]
UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth
Siamak Sam Loni, [20 minutes]
Global Coordinator of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth Initiative (SDSN Youth)
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Speakers will share their personal stories and talk about their journey to global leadership. They will discuss how they have worked in their respective communities and organisations to foster a more peaceful, prosperous and environmentally sustainable society.
10:00 am General Discussion on Session I
10:30 am Break
11:00 am SESSION II– Peace & Justice
Speakers will be asked to share experiences from their respective organisations and communities on how they have worked to promote and foster peaceful, inclusive and secure societies with strong and just institutions.
All speakers in this session will speak to this topic and answer critical questions on creating lasting change. After each presentation, attendees will ask questions of the speakers, encouraging open discussion and participation.
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Lead speakers:
Verena Gruber, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London [10 minutes]
Christopher Hale, The Pope Francis Project [10 minutes]
Mariyam Naufa, Women Democracy [10 minutes]
Anca Gliga, United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) [10 minutes]
Malú Tarrau Broche, La Colmenita [10 minutes]
Ariane Bukschat, WoMen Against Rape [10 minutes]
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Aims of session:
• Share experiences, success stories and best practices to inspire and empower participants.
• Commit to tangible actions and concrete outcomes to create real and lasting change.
• Broaden knowledge and deepen understanding of the challenges and opportunities.
12:00 pm General Discussion on Session II
12:30 pm Lunch at the Casina Pio IV
2:00 pm SESSION III– Partnerships and Solidarity
Speakers in this session will discuss the role of partnerships in ensuring young people are able to develop a more fraternal and supportive society. This session will analyse the benefi ts of collaboration, especially in an interdisciplinary and multicultural nature.
Speakers will share experiences on how successful partnerships have led to greater promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals. Speakers will present their perspectives on partnerships, highlighting what is required to build a strong and successful partnership.
Speakers will share experiences on how successful partnerships have led to greater promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals. Speakers will present their perspectives on partnerships, highlighting what is required to build a strong and successful partnership.
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Lead speakers:
Edoardo Morgante, World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA), Italy [10 minutes]
Dominika Aleksandra Marcisz, Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) [10 minutes]
Peter Loewi, UN Major Group on Children and Youth (UN-MGCY) [10 minutes]
Evangelia Symeonidou, Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA Europe) [10 minutes]
Patrick Gage, Scalabrini International Migration Network [10 minutes]
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Aims of session:
• Share experiences, success stories and best practices to inspire and empower participants.
• Commit to tangible actions and concrete outcomes to create real and lasting change.
• Broaden knowledge and deepen understanding of the challenges and opportunities.
2:50 pm General Discussion on Session III
3:20 pm Break
3:50 pm SESSION IV– Updates From Vatican Youth Symposium 2016
Speakers in this session will share their experiences from Vatican Youth Symposium 2016 and talk about their respective projects, giving all participants an update on their progress since 2016.
Lead speakers:
Vanessa Berhe, One Day Seyoum [10 minutes]
Molly Burhans, GoodLand Project [10 minutes]
Sienna Nordquist, Red Light Emory [10 minutes]
Adam Sheik, Aegis [10 minutes]
Malav Sanghavi, LifeCradle [10 minutes]
Winnie Mutevu, HAART [10 minutes]
4:50 pm General Discussion on Session IV
5:20 pm Concluding remarks
Speakers will come together to summarize the main takeaways of each session, and discuss the synergies between each of the thematic areas. Participants will each then be asked to share a short statement on their experiences from the two day event and briefly explain how they will adopt the lessons from this symposium into their respective workstreams
7:00 pm Mass at the Casina Pio IV
8:00 pm Final Dinner at the Casina Pio IV