World YMCA at Stockholm+50: young people powering post-Covid change

In the lead-up to World Environment Day, World YMCA and the Global Youth Mobilization helped shape debate at Stockholm+50, the international environmental meeting, on 2-3 June 2022 in Stockholm, Sweden.

This year, the theme was ‘Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity’. The aim of Stockholm+50 is to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our planet and articulate a path for us to build back after the Covid-19 pandemic while overcoming the crisis of climate change.

The GYM hosted a side event entitled ‘Powering Change: Young People Leading the Covid-19 Response and Recovery’, showcasing the role of young people in supporting communities to overcome the impact of the pandemic. Moderated by Sam Williams of The Duke of Edinburgh Award, the session featured a panel of young people who implemented youth-led solutions in their communities, and included a discussion with youth policy development practitioners and policy makers on lessons learned since the launch of the Global Youth Mobilization in 2020.

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On the panel, Carina Söderbjörn (left), a National Board member of Y-Sweden, joined Vsevolod ‘Seva’ Lukashenok (middle) of Y-Sweden, and Sam Williams (right) of The Duke of Edinburgh Award, a fellow member of the ‘Big Six (the world’s largest youth empowerment organisations) and of the Global Youth Mobilization.