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Tuesday, 05 December 2017

2017 Youth Wildlife Forum


SAIIA, in collaboration with the US Mission to South Africa, will host a regional Wildlife Youth Forum on combatting wildlife trafficking and conservation.

Bringing together 75 participants from Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the summit will utilise Model UN debating principles and structures. The forum will be established in a professional diplomatic setting where delegates will negotiate a cohesive youth-led position on combatting wildlife trafficking and conservation. The summit provides a platform for youth to engage on cross-cutting issues facing the region, developing skills that will allow them to express their views and complex ideas in an international setting.

Media are invited to cover the opening ceremony on 7 December from 09:00 - 10:30 and the Model UN negotiations on 8 December from 09:00 -13:00 at SAIIA, Jan Smuts House, Wits East Campus.

The SAIIA media team is happy to arrange short, one-on-one interviews with selected speakers and participants during breaks in the proceedings. Contact Fortunate Xaba at 081 086 6303/ 011 339 2021 ext 122 or to coordinate.

Learn more by following #youthareleading on Twitter!

This programme, funded by the US Department of State, is being implemented though a partnership between the US Embassy in Pretoria and SAIIA.

For more information please contact:
Fortunate Xaba
SAIIA Communications Officer
Cell: +27 (0) 81 086 6303