About the Green Youth Indaba

Since 2014, Green Youth Network has hosted 5 Annual Green Youth Indabas developing a network of over 10,000 young leaders from all over South Africa – Hosted by the CSIR, the 6th Annual Green Youth Indaba will take place on 18 – 19 June 2019 in Tshwane.

Over 800 young environmental leaders will gather together for a two days’ session of discussions, workshops and networking to help generate solutions to the environmental challenges the world faces. The country’s developmental reform has come a long way since the dawn of its democracy, the most notable aspect of which is embedment of green economy principles into this developmental trajectory. This powerful grouping will work together to change the ways companies and countries tackle and react to environmental challenges.

Objectives

The objective of this year’s Green Youth Indaba is to go beyond exploring opportunities for youth within the green economy but to effectively explore and unpack necessary strategies that can create an easy access to support and funding for green innovation and the skills transfer needed to eradicate youth unemployment and poverty.

Conference yearly is expected to bring together over 700 exceptional young people, specially selected by their universities, municipalities and organisation, based on the initiative these young people are doing to better our environment. These youth and industry experts will come across South Africa to discuss the most pressing Environmental issues and the green opportunities for youth within government, private sector and cities in South Africa.

Annually this high impact Indaba examines the role of government, private sector ,and young people in the skilling and developing of the youth to increase economic growth through the green economy. Stakeholders attending the annual Indaba, whether from government; social organisations; private business or representative agencies, often find opportunities to partner and participate in the development of our societies and support of green initiatives and ideas. Invited political heads will deliver keynote addresses while green experts in the industry present progress of the green economy, government efforts, plans and opportunities available for youth.

Green Youth Indaba 2019 Key Pillars of Discussion

  • Youth Employment: Opportunities and challenges posed by a transition to green economy
  • Waste management, recycling
  • Skills development: Necessary aid and skills needed to tap into the green economy
  • Water conservation, wetlands management
  • Energy efficiency and Renewable energy
  • 4th Industrial Revolution and Technology advancement within the Green Economy Space.