The European Youth Parliament (EYPW) for water is an initiative launched in 1999 to promote the involvement of young people in the water sector, both by raising awareness of water management issues and by promoting an understanding of citizenship and democracy. Over the course of one week, young Europeans meet to discuss, exchange views and take action on a specific issue related to water. At the end of the Parliament, participants deliver a Declaration of "shared commitment", which sets out the youth's vision for the theme of the annual meeting of the Parliament and various proposals for implementing concrete actions in their communities.
EYPW is an initiative that is part of our broader youth strategy to empower a new generation of water leaders, respond to global challenges, and help build more sustainable and peaceful societies.
The theme for the 15th EYPW was: “The River basin: backbone of regional development”.
CAY4W and Central Asia were represented by the Regional Coordinator, Lyzzat Syrlybayeva, and National Coordinator for Kyrgyzstan, Zoia Kretova. Main goal of the event was to build partnership and exchange knowledge about youth initiatives from around the world, share experiences and raise awareness on water issues of Central Asia. Our members also took part in discussion section about youth involvement in Central Asian region.
Also, other successful stories of youth inclusion in international commission plenaries could be checked on our Facebook page:
Youth experience at the Sava River Basin
Information about Regional Development And Water Issues Of The Volga River by Vladimir Orekhov (UNESCO).