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UN OCEAN DECADE/ YOUTH SUMMIT 2020

LET’S KICK THIS OCEAN DECADE OFF WITH ACTION!

Over 200 youth ages 13-25 from over 50 countries are coming together preparing to kick off the UN Ocean Decade with action and engagement. Participants will learn about the Decade, our world’s challenges, and solutions from distinguished speakers in research, cultural and indigenous leadership, policy and government.  Youth leaders from around the world, including members of the Youth Advisory Council to the US National Committee for the UN Ocean Decade, will inspire!  Participants will collaborate in determining what the UN Ocean Decade will be for their generation, as they are the greatest stakeholders of decisions made today on our Blue Planet.

ALREADY REGISTERED?    KEEP READING!    ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOLLOWS

FIRST THINGS FIRST! GET ORGANIZED NOW WITH YOUR SCHEDULE AND ZOOM LINKS

Follow these steps now, well ahead of the Summit.

(1) Determine whether your location for the Summit is different from the address you listed in your registration. If it is a different time zone than what was stated in your registration, please contact Emily at emily.berglund@heirstoouroceans.org

(2) All registrants should have received a YS2020UNOD NEXT STEPS email stating their assigned group and the password to enter their group’s private webpage. Please check spam folders and contact Emily at emily.berglund@heirstoouroceans.org if you are unable to find the email. Review below the Group your country/region is located in. That is your group for the Summit!

(3) With your group name in mind, head over to the menu bar on this page and click on “Youth Summit 2020 for UN Ocean Decade”. A drop-down menu will appear.

(4) On the drop-down menu, click on your group’s name SURGE, TIDE, or WAVE. To access the private page, type in the password that you received on your YS2020UNOD NEXT STEPS email. This important page contains your google calendar and schedule as well as steps to take in preparation for and attending the Summit.

Note, the Summit is available only to registrants who received notice that they are effectively registered and assigned a group.

GROUP SURGE
American Samoa
Australia
Canada (British Columbia)
CNMI/Saipan
FSM
Fiji
Guahan/Guam
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Japan
Malaysia
Marshall Islands
Myanmar
New Zealand
Palau
Singapore
South Korea
Taiwan
Thailand
US (PST + MST)

GROUP TIDE
Canada (Quebec & Ontario)
Costa Rica
Jamaica
Mexico (Tulum)
Peru
Puerto Rico
US (CST + EST)
U.S.V.I.

GROUP WAVE
Afghanistan
Argentina
Bangladesh
Belgium
Brazil
Czech Republic
Cameroon
France
Germany
India
Iran
Iraq
Italy
Kenya
Netherlands
Nigeria
Pakistan
Portugal
Serbia
Spain
Sweden
South Africa
Tanzania
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
U.K.

SCHEDULE

See your group google calendar for schedule details!

Day 1: TAKING IT ALL IN

  • Land Acknowledgement + Keynote Speakers
  • What is the UN Ocean Decade? Explained!
  • Meal Mixer
  • The Climate Crisis, the High Seas, & Blue Economy
  • Land + Ocean + Food + Us

Day 2: A DAY OF INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION

  • Global Youth Leader Speakers
  • Collaborate on Identifying the Intersectionality of Challenges and a Decade of Solutions
  • Getting our Voices Heard

SPEAKERS, PRESENTERS & YOUTH MODERATORS

  • M. Kalani Souza

    M. Kalani Souza

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER. M. Kalani Souza is founding director of the Olohana Foundation. Kalani is a gifted storyteller, singer, songwriter, musician, performer, poet, philosopher, priest, political satirist, and peacemaker. A Hawaiian…

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  • Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner

    Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner is a Marshall Islander poet, performance artist, educator. She received international acclaim through her poetry performance at the opening of the United Nations Climate Summit in…

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  • Ngedikes Olai Uludong

    Ngedikes Olai Uludong

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Ngedikes Olai Uludong is serving concurrently as Ambassador on Climate Change, Permanent Representative of Palau to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the non-resident…

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  • Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin

    Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin is the Executive Secretary of the IOC, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and Assistant Director-General of UNESCO. He is an oceanographer, marine engineer, meteorologist,…

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  • Noëlla Coursaris Musunka

    Noëlla Coursaris Musunka

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Noëlla Coursaris Musunka is the founder of Malaika, a nonprofit that impacts thousands of lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo through enhanced access to education and…

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  • Dr. Atsushi Watanabe

    Dr. Atsushi Watanabe

    PRESENTER. Dr. Atsushi Watanabe studied geography and earth and planetary science at the University of Tokyo. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Nagoya University from 2004 to 2008, and…

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  • Adi Yosef

    Adi Yosef

    PRESENTER. Adi Yosef began his path in a raw vegan lifestyle after an electrified awakening that brought him through a healing journey. His desire to go deeper took him to…

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  • Dr. Gretta Pecl

    Dr. Gretta Pecl

    PRESENTER. Dr. Gretta Pecl is Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology and Professor of Climate Change Ecology at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. Her research focuses on…

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  • Stephen Ritz

    Stephen Ritz

    PRESENTER. Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx educator who believes that students should not have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one. An internationally…

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  • Kanyon Sayers-Roods

    Kanyon Sayers-Roods

    PRESENTER. Kanyon “Coyote Woman” (Hahashkani) Sayers-Roods is a Mutsun-Ohlone and Chumash Two Spirit Indigenous relative. She is proud of her heritage and her native name and is an active leader…

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  • Dr. Jason Scorse

    Dr. Jason Scorse

    PRESENTER. Dr. Jason Scorse teaches courses in environmental and natural resource economics, ocean and coastal economics, and behavioral economics at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He is…

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  • Dr. Richard Spinrad

    Dr. Richard Spinrad

    PRESENTER. Dr. Richard W. (Rick) Spinrad is a Professor of Oceanography at Oregon State University (OSU), member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and…

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  • Dr. Yichao Rui

    Dr. Yichao Rui

    PRESENTER. Dr. Yichao Rui is a soil scientist at Rodale Institute overseeing soil health research and leading outreach initiatives to educate the public on the benefits of improving soil health.…

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  • Taylor Goelz

    Taylor Goelz

    PRESENTER. Taylor Goelz graduated from the University of San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies in 2014. She graduated with a dual degree, a master’s degree in Marine…

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  • Dr. Ram Mohan

    Dr. Ram Mohan

    PRESENTER. Dr. Ram Mohan is a member of the US National Committee for the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. He has more than 30 years of experience in…

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  • Dr. Larry Mayer

    Dr. Larry Mayer

    PRESENTER. Dr. Larry Mayer is a Professor and Director of The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire. He is currently the Chair of the…

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  • Travis Aten

    Travis Aten

    PRESENTER. Hailing from the east coast of Canada, Travis currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he gets to see the beautiful Atlantic ocean every day. Travis holds a Master’s…

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  • Elly, Kenya

    Elly, Kenya

    YOUTH MODERATOR. Elly Savatia participated in the Climate Action Project, a program designed to educate students about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Elly founded nonprofit Innovate 4 SDGs…

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  • Olilai, Palau

    Olilai, Palau

    YOUTH MODERATOR. Olilai Chilton is head of Heirs To Our Oceans Palau. She has built a community of young people to take part in projects that make her small island…

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  • Eni, Maryland, US

    Eni, Maryland, US

    YOUTH MODERATOR. Eni Owoeye, daughter of Nigerian immigrants, was born in Brooklyn, New York, but currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland, which is the lands of Susquehannock, Nentego (Nanticoke) and Piscataway…

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  • Raina, Germany

    Raina, Germany

    YOUTH SPEAKER. Raina Ivanova is a 15-year old climate activist who grew up in Hamburg, Germany. Raina was one of sixteen teen and tween activists who brought a Petition against…

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  • Kristy, on Ohlone land

    Kristy, on Ohlone land

    YOUTH SPEAKER. Kristy Drutman is a Filipina environmentalist and digital strategist based on Ohlone land in the San Francisco Bay Area. She wants to educate the world one post at…

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  • Aleksandr, Belgium

    Aleksandr, Belgium

    YOUTH SPEAKER. Aleksandr Stommels is a co-founder of Spacefluencers, an organizer for TEDxYouth@Nijmegen, and an EU Lobbyist who works to influence policy within the European Union. Aleksandr participated this year…

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  • Catarina, Brazil

    Catarina, Brazil

    YOUTH SPEAKER. Catarina Lorenzo is a 13 year old Brazilian climate activist and is one of the Petitioners in the landmark Children vs. Climate Crisis action. Catarina is a member of…

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  • Franceska, Guahan (Guam)

    Franceska, Guahan (Guam)

    YOUTH SPEAKER. Franceska De Oro is an Indigenous Chamoru and Micronesian youth environmental activist, native rights advocate and yoga teacher. She began her activism against militarization as a high school…

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  • Carlos, Philippines/Palau

    Carlos, Philippines/Palau

    YOUTH SPEAKER. Carlos Manuel is an 18 year old seasoned Heir of Heirs To Our Oceans who has organized and led youth in environmental activism for the last 4 years.…

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  • Litokne, Marshall Islands

    Litokne, Marshall Islands

    YOUTH SPEAKER. Litokne Kabua, a young climate activist from the Marshall Islands, highlights the experience of small island communities living with the impacts of the climate crisis. Litokne is a…

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  • Ridhima, India

    Ridhima, India

    YOUTH SPEAKER. Ridhima Pandey is a young activist from India who campaigns for action against climate change. At age nine, Ridhima filed a suit against the Indian Government on the…

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  • Selina, Marshall Islands

    Selina, Marshall Islands

    YOUTH SPEAKER. Selina Leem, a 23 year old climate warrior from the Marshall Islands, is “a small island girl with big dreams”. She recently finished working as a Youth Representative…

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  • Dakota, on Ramaytush Ohlone land

    Dakota, on Ramaytush Ohlone land

    YOUTH SPEAKER. Dakota Peebler, now 15 years old, formed nonprofit Heirs To Our Oceans (H2OO) with her sister Charley in 2016. H2OO is committed to empowering, educating and connecting all…

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  • Charley, on Ramaytush Ohlone land

    Charley, on Ramaytush Ohlone land

    YOUTH PRESENTER. Charley Peebler, now 16 years old, is a co-founder of Heirs To Our Oceans (H2OO). H2OO educates, empowers and connects youth in purpose ocean and water protection and…

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  • Domenica, Costa Rica

    Domenica, Costa Rica

    YOUTH SPEAKER. Domenica “Dom” Jaramillo, a 21 years old Ecuadorian, is currently learning sustainable agriculture in Costa Rica where she is also a climate activist for Fridays for Future Costa…

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  • Hannah, Georgia, US

    Hannah, Georgia, US

    YOUTH SPEAKER. ​Hannah Testa, Founder of Hannah4Change, has been an environmental activist most of her life. Her passion is protecting people, animals, and the planet through education, awareness, and policy…

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  • Aislinn, on Ramaytush Ohlone land

    Aislinn, on Ramaytush Ohlone land

    YOUTH PRESENTER. Aislinn Clark is a 15-year-old member of Heirs To Our Oceans in northern California. She is deeply concerned about the impacts our species is having on our oceans…

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  • Camille, on Ramaytush Ohlone land

    Camille, on Ramaytush Ohlone land

    YOUTH PRESENTER. Camille Kay is a 16 year-old member of Heirs To Our Oceans in the San Francisco Bay Area living on Ramaytush Ohlone land. She is concerned about the…

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  • Latifah Nansubuga

    Latifah Nansubuga

    YOUTH PRESENTER. Latifah is an advocate for the rights of girls and for climate action in Uganda, as she is a girl leader who is passionate about empowering fellow girls…

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  • Achare, Cameroon

    Achare, Cameroon

    YOUTH SPEAKER. Achare Elvis Ayamba of Cameroon is a passionate early career ocean conservationist who envisions a world where everyone has the right mindset to live in harmony with our…

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and more coming! Stay Tuned!