Principle 21 of the document states that, ‘The creativity, ideals and courage of the youth of the world should
be mobilized to forge a global partnership in order to achieve sustainable development and ensure a better
future for all.’ while Principle 23 states that ‘The environment and natural resources of people under
oppression, domination and occupation shall be protected.’ (1)
There is a clear connection between youth as actors in environmental governance that ensures natural
resources in post conflict zones are protected. However, youth have often been victims of
unsustainable natural resource exploitation in post conflict zones in the Great Lakes region.
The next United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20, proposes the shift
from brown economies to green economies, as well as a new institutional framework for sustainable
development. This offers a renewed opportunity for youth to be key actors in advocacy and
governance of the natural resources, as leaders in their communities, towards a green economy.
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