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At the request of the Government of Canada, STAP hosted the Science Day at the Seventh GEF Assembly in Vancouver, BC, on Tuesday, 22 August 2023.

GEF CEO, Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, opening the Youth Leaders Learning Exchange on 22 August 2023.
Carlos Manuel Rodriguez
CEO and Chairperson of the GEF

GEF CEO, Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Rene van Hell, GEF Council Member from The Netherlands, and STAP Chair, Rosina Bierbaum opened the Day highlighting the importance of a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to protecting the global environment.

The morning Youth Leaders Learning Exchange began with a keynote address by Professor Rashid Samaila, offering a NOT “everything, everywhere, all at once” proposal for saving our oceans.

Six youth leaders shared their stories and insights to an audience comprising Ministers and other environmental leaders, young and old. They reflected on tools and means to encourage compassion and action and channel frustration and anger to influence change. Video of the event is available here.

Please find more information of the event in IISD's Earth Negotiations Bulletin at this link.

You can also find STAP's summary report in the Documents section.


Panel, Youth Leaders Learning Exchange
YLLE (L-R) Moderator, Aileen Lee, Chief of Programs, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; panel members,
Ray Kiliho, West African organizer of climate action youth and Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots; Marina Melanidis,
Founder & Development Director, Youth4Nature; Skw'akw'as (Sunshine) Dunstan-Moore, Community Climate
Justice Coordinator for TLKemchEEn; Keynote  speaker, Rashid Sumaila, Professor and Canada Research Chair
in Interdisciplinary Ocean and Fisheries Economics, University of British Columbia; panel members, Naina
Agrawal-Hardin, Yale University student; Frankie Marquez, Community and Volunteer Engagement ​​​​​Manager,
Ocean Wise Conservation Association; Sophia Yang, Founder & Executive Director, Threading Change; and
STAP Chair, Rosina Bierbaum.



Photos by IISD/ENB | Angeles Estrada
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  • Summary and Key Takeaways of STAP Science Day at the 7th GEF Assembly