Call for Applications: 2019 GYBN Regional Youth Capacity Building Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean | Diplomacy Opportunities

2019 GYBN Regional Youth Capacity Building Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean
2019 GYBN Regional Youth Capacity Building Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean

Building upon the success of GYBN’s 2017 series of Capacity-Building Workshops and thanks to generous support from the Japan Biodiversity Fund, the European Commission, the CBD Secretariat, the Sao Paulo State Secretariat for the Environment and the Sao Paulo State Forest Foundation, GYBN in partnership with Engajamundo, will organize the 2019 GYBN Regional Youth Capacity-Building Workshop for LATIN-AMERICA and the CARIBBEAN, which is scheduled to take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from February 17 to 24 2018.


To strengthen the capacity of young leaders to take action in support of National Biodiversity Strategies and Actions Plan (NBSAPs) and to contribute towards the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) is hosting a series of capacity-building workshops around the world in 2018/19.

Participants will take part in team building, networking and training sessions in international biodiversity conservation policy, mobilization, advocacy, campaign skills and project management to create or enhance existing projects that directly contribute to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the implementation of NBSAPs.

For these workshops, travel, accommodation, and limited food expenses will be funded for successful applicants who are based in the region in which the workshop is held. Visa costs will be covered on a case by case basis. Flights will only be funded for travel within the same region. Participation in the workshop is free. No participation fee will be charged.

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This week-long regional workshop will bring together 15-18 young leaders from Latin-America and the Caribbean to:

  • Mobilize networks/communities at the regional, national or local levels in order to increase public/youth engagement, general awareness and political will for biodiversity conservation
  • Learn about the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD,, the CBD’s Strategic Plan 2010-2021 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets
  • Learn about key aspects of NBSAP and how young people can partner with national and sub-national authorities to support implementation
  • Catalyze concrete actions to bring these legally-binding international decisions down to the local, national, and regional level
  • Join a global effort to set youth priorities for a future in harmony with nature and push governments, business and citizens to act
  • Mobilize young people in order to have their perspectives considered in the CBD post 2020 framework


Due to our donor’s funding requirements, for the workshops in Asia, Africa and Latin-America and the Caribbean financial support is only available for applicants that are citizens of developing countries. Applicants from developed countries (i.e. Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea etc.) cannot be financially supported. However self-funded participants are welcome to join the workshops!

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– Application form (fill it out online)
– Digital copy of CV (submit it through the form)
– Digital copy of Passport (submit it through the form)
– Short Video (submit it through the form)


  1. Be a registered GYBN member (register here for individuals and here for organizations
  2. Between 18 – 30 years old
  3. Commitment to biodiversity conservation with a previous track record showing such engagement
  4. Active member or coordinator of a youth organization/network/community that is working on Biodiversity on the local/national or regional level
  5. Possess the time and ability to share knowledge gained from the workshop, including implementing workshop outcomes and replicating workshop model at the national/local level
  6. The applicant’s biodiversity-related work has to be based in the region in which a workshop is held. However, the applicant need not be a citizen of a country of that region.


The deadline for applications is December 24 2018 at 23:59 GMT.

The workshop for LATIN-AMERICA and the CARRIBEAN will take place in partnership with Engajamundo in Sao Paulo, Brazil from February 17 to 24 2019.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to join the workshops, if you are interested to participate as a self-funded participant or if you should have any other questions, please write to and cc it to

We look forward to receiving your applications and seeing you at the workshops!


Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Applications must be submitted in English. Applications submitted in another language will not be considered. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.

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The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) is an international network of 319 youth organizations, representing more than 664.000 youth from 140 countries whose common goal is to prevent the loss of biodiversity. GYBN is representing the voice of global youth in the negotiations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), raises awareness among young people of the values of biodiversity, and connects individuals and youth organizations in order to build a global coalition to halt the loss of biodiversity.