International Youth Day Report 2023

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the two-day hybrid series held to commemorate International Youth Day, with the theme “Green Skills for Youth Toward a Sustainable World.”  The conference was organised to promote the role of young individuals in sustainable development and brought together a diverse array of nstakeholders, experts, and youth leaders.

This report delves into the purpose of the conference, offers background information on the significance of International Youth Day and explores the central theme of the event: ‘Green Skills for Youth Toward a Sustainable World.’


Purpose of the Report

The purpose of this report is to document and analyse the proceedings, discussions, and outcomes of the conference held in honour of International Youth Day. By capturing the essence of the event and its thematic focus on “Green Skills for Youth Toward a Sustainable World,” this report aims to highlight the importance of equipping young individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to actively contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future. Additionally, the report seeks to provide insights into the conference’s impact on raising awareness, fostering
collaborations, and inspiring youth-led initiatives for sustainable development.

Background: International Youth Day Conference

International Youth Day, observed on August 12th each year, serves as a global platform to recognize and celebrate the potential of young people as catalysts for positive change. The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999, acknowledging the need to empower and engage youth in addressing global challenges. The International Youth Day Conference is a significant annual event that brings together youth,
stakeholders, and decision-makers to discuss pertinent issues affecting young individuals and explore avenues for their active involvement in shaping the world.

Overview of the Conference Theme: “Green Skills for Youth Toward a Sustainable World”

The chosen theme for the hybrid series, “Green Skills for Youth Toward a Sustainable World,” reflects the growing urgency to integrate sustainability principles and practices into the skill sets of the youth. As the world faces pressing environmental challenges such as climate change, resource depletion, and biodiversity loss, it is imperative to equip young individuals with the knowledge and expertise to address these issues effectively. Green skills encompass a range of abilities and competencies that enable individuals to contribute to environmental conservation, sustainable business practices, renewable energy solutions, and resilient community development.

This conference theme underscores the potential of young people to drive transformative change by acquiring and honing green skills. By providing youths with the tools to adopt eco-friendly practices, develop innovative solutions, and engage in sustainable entrepreneurship, societies can harness their energy and creativity for the betterment of the planet and its inhabitants. The conference delves into various dimensions of green skills, exploring topics such as renewable energy technologies, sustainable agricultural practices, waste management innovations, and eco-conscious urban planning.


Conference Overview

Dates: August 11-12, 2023
Location: Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development Studies.
Duration: 2 days

Organizers and Key Stakeholders

The two-day conference commemorating International Youth Day with the global theme of the year “Green Skills for Youth Toward a Sustainable World” was meticulously organised by Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute of Peace for Sustainable Development
Studies Minna, Niger State. The event engaged esteemed personalities from National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Youths representative and various Government officials. These entities recognised the critical importance of engaging youth in sustainability initiatives and skill development to address global environmental challenges.

Objectives of the Conference

The conference’s objectives were multifaceted with a keen focus on empowering young
individuals to play an active role in advancing sustainable development world. The primary
goals were as follows:

Raise Awareness: The conference aimed to raise awareness among youth and
stakeholders about the importance of green skills in achieving sustainable development
goals by emphasizing the link between skill development and environmental preservation.
The event sought to inspire a generation of environmentally-conscious leaders.

Knowledge Dissemination: Through panel discussions and interactive sessions, the
conference aimed to disseminate knowledge on the importance of various green skills,
especially on the efficiency of renewable energy, agri-tech, food sustainability, waste
management practices and eco-friendly entrepreneurship.

Collaboration and Networking: The event provided a platform for youth attendees to
network with experts, policymakers, educators, and industrial professionals. The
conference achieved an ecosystem of shared ideas and experiences.

Skill Enhancement: Practical discussion Panels and skill-building sessions were designed to
equip youth with tangible, hands-on experiences related to green skills. Attendees were
encouraged to actively participate and enhance their understanding of real-world

Youth Empowerment: The conference aimed to empower young individuals by
showcasing the success stories of their peers who had successfully implemented green
skills in various projects. These stories served as inspirations for attendees to initiate their
sustainable initiatives.

Policy Dialogue: By facilitating dialogues between youth delegates and policymakers, the
conference sought to provide a platform for young voices to be heard. Discussions on
integrating green skills into educational curricula and policy frameworks were essential
components of the event.

Commitment to Action: The conference culminated in a commitment to action, with
participating organizations and institutions pledging to integrate green skills into their
programs and strategies. This commitment aimed to translate the ideas generated during
the conference into tangible initiatives for sustainable development.
Throughout the two-day conference, participants engaged in dynamic discussions and
interactive sessions, fostering an environment of collaborative learning and idea exchange. The organizers and key stakeholders worked together to ensure that the event
addressed the critical need for green skills among youths and laid the groundwork for their
meaningful involvement in sustainable development efforts.

Welcome Addresses by Dignitaries and Keynote Speakers
The conference commenced with a series of warm and insightful welcome addresses
delivered by esteemed dignitaries, including representatives from governmental bodies,
international organizations, and youth advocacy groups. These addresses resonated with
a shared vision of youth-led sustainability and underscored the pivotal role of young
individuals in shaping the world’s environmental trajectory.

Introduction of the Conference Theme
Following the welcome addresses, the conference swiftly transitioned to the heart of its
purpose; the introduction of the theme “Green Skills for Youth Toward a Sustainable
World.” A detailed overview of the theme was presented, emphasizing the significance of
equipping young individuals with practical skills that contribute to sustainable practices,
environmental stewardship, and global well-being.

Highlights of the Breakout Session
The breakout session was a confluence of inspiring insights, powerful narratives, and calls
to action. Keynote speakers, who were prominent experts in the fields of sustainability,
environmental science, and youth engagement, delivered thought-provoking addresses
that resonated deeply with the audience. They eloquently underscored the urgency of
adopting green skills and integrating them into the fabric of education and professional
The inaugural session was not only marked by informative talks but also by poignant
stories from young trailblazers who had already embarked on journeys of sustainability-
driven innovation. These personal accounts of success demonstrated the tangible impact
of green skills, showcasing how practical knowledge could catalyze real change.
The session also highlighted the importance of partnerships between governments,
industries, and educational institutions to support and facilitate green skill development.
It underscored the need for holistic, cross-sectoral approaches to create an environment
where young individuals are encouraged and empowered to be agents of sustainable

Throughout the breakout session, a palpable sense of determination pervaded the air—a
shared conviction that the conference was a pivotal stepping stone toward a more
sustainable and equitable future.
As the conference delved deeper into its rich program of panel discussions,
instructiveness, youth showcase, and policy dialogues, the essence of the theme “Green
Skills for Youth Toward a Sustainable World” was continually reaffirmed. The subsequent
sections of this report will delve into the myriad sessions, insights, and outcomes of the
conference, capturing the spirit of collaboration, empowerment, and innovation that
defined this dynamic event.

Summary of Plenary Sessions: Topics and Speakers
Day 1: August 11, 2023
Plenary Session 1: “Navigating the Green Skills Landscape” This session laid the
foundation by providing an overview of the concept of green skills and their significance
in addressing sustainability challenges. Speakers included Mr Muhammed Sani Lawal
(Director, Digital and Media Communication, Niger State Emirate Youth Council), Mrs Mary
Noel Barje, and Mr Nuhu Garba Ngaski (Permanent Secretary, Niger State Ministry of
Youth and Sports Development). Mr Morenikeji Gbenga (Co-Ordinator, Center for Risk
Management and Development Studies) and Prof. A. Mukhtar (Professor of Petroleum and Gas, Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State). Their perspectives painted a comprehensive picture of the green skills ecosystem and the diverse pathways for young people to engage.
Plenary Sessions 2: “Renewable Energy and Innovative Technologies” Experts such as
Prof. A. Mukhtar, discussed the pivotal role of youths in advancing renewable energy
adoption and technology-driven solutions. Insights into the potential of solar, wind, and
hydropower, alongside stories of young tech prodigies, sparked engaging conversations
on creating a sustainable energy landscape.
Day 2: August 12, 2023
Plenary Session 3: “Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems” The focus shifted to
sustainable agriculture, featuring speakers like Amb Abdullahi Muhammad Ishaq (National
Youth Council of Nigeria), Mr. Nasir Yammama (CEO/Founder Verdant Agri-Tech) a young
agripreneur. Discussions revolved around regenerative farming, agroecology, and
innovative approaches to feeding a growing global population while preserving the
planet’s resources.
Plenary Session 4: “Circular Economy and Eco-Entrepreneurship” In this session, Mr
Hansel Ndu-Okeke (CEO/Founder of Weevil Company), Mr Germain Ndu-Okeke (Co-
Founder of Weevil Company), Mrs Mary Noel Barje, a circular economy advocate, and
James Patel, a green business leader, explored the potential of circular economic models
and eco-entrepreneurship to reshape industries. The conversation revolved around reducing waste, reusing resources, and nurturing a culture of sustainable entrepreneurship.

Key Messages and Insights from Each Session
Each plenary session was a treasure trove of insights, inspiring the attendees with key

  • Green Skills as Catalysts: Green skills emerged as not just a means of addressing
    environmental challenges but as catalysts for innovation, economic growth, and
    social progress.
  • Youth Agency: Youth were highlighted as pivotal actors in driving sustainable
    development, backed by their enthusiasm, adaptability, and fresh perspectives.
  • Interdisciplinary Approach: The conference underscored the importance of
    interdisciplinary collaboration, emphasizing that sustainability demands expertise
    from a range of fields.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Young entrepreneurs showcased the
    transformative power of sustainable business ideas, demonstrating that
    profitability and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive.

Discussion and Q&A Sessions
Each plenary session was followed by dynamic discussion and Q&A sessions, where
participants engaged speakers in insightful conversations. Questions ranged from
practical steps to implement green skills in daily life to inquiries about policy shifts needed
to create a more sustainable future. These exchanges fostered deeper understanding and
collaborative thinking among participants, enriching the conference’s intellectual

As the conference progressed, the energy and commitment of the attendees remained
unwavering. The summary of plenary sessions, key messages, and interactions in this
report is a testament to the collective dedication to nurturing green skills in youths, paving
the way for a future that is both sustainable and prosperous.

Overview of Panel Discussions Conducted
Day 1: August 11, 2023
Panel discussion 1: “Empowering Youth through Renewable Energy” This hands-on hybrid
series immersed participants in the intricacies of renewable energy technologies. Experts
delved into solar, wind, and hydropower systems, enabling attendees to grasp the
mechanics and potential applications. Participants were challenged to design solar-
powered gadgets, fostering creativity and an understanding of practical renewable energy
Panel Discussion 2: “Green Education Revolution” Educational pioneers and youth
advocates congregated to discuss integrating green skills into curricula. From primary to
tertiary levels, they explored how sustainability concepts could be seamlessly woven into
education. Recommendations included the incorporation of sustainability across subjects
and the importance of experiential learning.
Day 2: August 12, 2023
Panel Discussion 3: “Sustainable Agriculture” This workshop delved into sustainable
agricultural practices, from organic farming to farm-to-table supply chains. Participants
engaged in interactive sessions on permaculture, urban farming, and community-
supported agriculture. The workshop emphasized the potential of youth-led agricultural
initiatives in fostering food security and environmental stewardship.
Panel Discussion 4: “Circular Economy in Action” Experts and entrepreneurs explored the
nuances of a circular economy, focusing on reducing waste and reimagining consumption.

Success stories of businesses that had embraced circularity were shared, emphasizing
innovative practices such as upcycling and product leasing. The panel discussed policy
reforms and consumer awareness as vital catalysts for a circular shift.

Key Findings, Recommendations, and Best Practices Shared Empowering Youth through Renewable Energy:

  • Key Findings: Attendees recognized that renewable energy knowledge empowers
    youths to be active participants in sustainable energy transitions.
  • Recommendations: Encouraging educational institutions to incorporate renewable
    energy concepts, and fostering partnerships with energy companies for hands-on
  • Best Practices: Creation of mini solar energy projects in schools and communities,
    encouraging experiential learning and sparking interest in renewable technologies.

Green Education Revolution:

  • Key Findings: Educators and policymakers acknowledged the urgency of infusing
    sustainability education into curricula, nurturing eco-conscious citizens.
  • Recommendations: Integrating sustainability concepts into STEM subjects,
    offering interdisciplinary courses that address real-world sustainability challenges.
  • Best Practices: Collaborative initiatives between schools and environmental
    organizations, interactive workshops focusing on environmental stewardship.

Sustainable Agriculture: From Plot to Plate:

  • Key Findings: Participants recognized the interconnectedness of sustainable
    agriculture with food security, climate resilience, and community well-being.
  • Recommendations: Encouraging urban farming initiatives, supporting community
    gardens, and advocating for sustainable agriculture policies.
  • Best Practices: School-based gardens, community workshops on composting and
    permaculture, and partnerships with local farmers for knowledge exchange.

Circular Economy in Action:

  • Key Findings: Attendees understood that circular economy principles promote
    responsible consumption, resource conservation, and waste reduction.
  • Recommendations: Governments incentivizing circular business models, and
    consumers embracing conscious buying habits.
  • Best Practices: Collaboration between businesses and recycling centres, launching
    circular design competitions, and promoting the repair and repurposing of

The conference’s workshops and panel discussions were a testament to the collective
passion for sustainability among participants. The key findings, recommendations, and
best practices shared not only enriched attendees’ understanding but also paved the way
for actionable steps toward a more sustainable future. The ensuing sections of this report
delve deeper into the nuanced discussions, illuminating the comprehensive solutions that
emerged from the interaction of diverse minds.

Presentations by Young Leaders and Innovators

Throughout the conference, young leaders and innovators were given the spotlight to
share their experiences, projects, and visions for a sustainable future. Their presentations
were a source of inspiration for fellow attendees, illustrating the impact of youth-driven
initiatives in various sectors, from clean energy to sustainable fashion. These presentations
reinforced the conference’s core message that young individuals are potent agents of
change and innovation.

Networking Opportunities and Youth Participation Outcomes

The conference provided ample networking opportunities, where youth participants
connected with experts, mentors, and potential collaborators. Informal discussions during
breaks and dedicated networking sessions enabled the exchange of ideas, contacts, and
insights. Young attendees walked away with new connections, potential partnerships, and
a sense of empowerment to contribute actively to sustainable development.

The outcomes of youth participation were tangible and far-reaching. Many attendees
expressed newfound motivation to initiate or contribute to sustainability projects in their
communities, campuses, or workplaces. The interactive sessions and youth-led activities
showcased the power of collaborative thinking and hands-on engagement, galvanizing
youth involvement in environmental initiatives.

In the upcoming sections of this report, we delve deeper into the vibrant interactive
sessions, inspiring presentations, and the lasting impact of the networking opportunities
that collectively echoed the youthful energy and fervour for sustainable development that
defined this conference.

Summary of the Closing Session

The closing session provided a reflective and forward-looking perspective, encapsulating
the essence of the conference. It served as a platform to tie together the diverse threads
of discussions, workshops, and interactions that unfolded over the two days.

Recap of Key Messages and Highlights from the Conference
A comprehensive recap showcased the symphony of insights, experiences, and solutions
that emerged from the conference:

  • The imperative of green skills: The conference underscored that youth equipped
    with green skills are poised to be formidable agents of change in the sustainability
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration: Discussions emphasized that sustainable
    development requires collaborative efforts across sectors, with youth at the
  • Innovation as a catalyst: The conference highlighted how innovation, driven by the
    creativity of young minds, is instrumental in addressing environmental challenges.
  • Networking for impact: Attendees experienced firsthand the power of networking
    and partnerships in fostering sustainable solutions.

Recognition of Contributors and Expressions of Gratitude

  • The closing session also paid tribute to the individuals and organizations that
    contributed to the success of the conference. Speakers, experts, organizers,
    volunteers, and participants were acknowledged for their invaluable roles in
    shaping the event.
  • Expressions of gratitude resonated throughout the session, reflecting the deep
    appreciation for the collective effort that brought the conference to life.
    Organizers extended heartfelt thanks to sponsors, partners, and supporters who
    believed in the conference’s vision and mission.
  • As the closing session concluded, the room reverberated with a sense of purpose
    and accomplishment. Attendees departed with a renewed commitment to
    continue their journey as stewards of sustainability, armed with green skills and
    invigorated by the connections forged during the conference.
    The report’s subsequent sections delve deeper into the individual threads of the
    conference, encapsulating the discussions, workshops, presentations, and interactive
    sessions that made this event a resounding success. The closing session encapsulated the
    conference’s profound impact and served as a reminder that the spirit of youth-led
    sustainable development would persist long after the conference’s conclusion.

Conference Overview

The two-day conference dedicated to commemorating International Youth Day with the
theme “Green Skills for Youths Towards Sustainable Development” was an unequivocal
success in addressing the critical challenges and opportunities inherent in sustainable
development. Posted on August 11-12, 2023, at the Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for
Peace and Sustainable Development Studies premises, the event stood as a testament to
the power of youth engagement in shaping a more sustainable future.

Overall Assessment of the Conference’s Success in Addressing the Theme
The conference resonated with resounding success in addressing its core theme. It
provided an encompassing platform for participants to explore, discuss, and internalize
the importance of green skills for youths as integral contributors to sustainable
development. Through an array of workshops, panel discussions, presentations, and
interactive sessions, the event actively nurtured an understanding of the profound role
that youth, equipped with green skills, play in spearheading change.
Importance of Green Skills for Youth in Achieving Sustainable Development
The conference fervently underscored the paramount significance of green skills in the
pursuit of sustainable development:

  • Youth as Catalysts: The event accentuated that youths are not just passive
    beneficiaries but active agents of change. Armed with green skills, they can drive
    innovation, advocate for responsible practices, and influence policy directions.
  • Holistic Skill Development: Discussions illuminated how green skills encompass a
    spectrum of competencies—ranging from renewable energy technologies to
    circular economy principles—equipping youth to address multifaceted
    environmental challenges.
  • Sustainable Livelihoods: The conference highlighted that nurturing green skills in
    youth not only advances environmental conservation but also creates avenues for
    meaningful and sustainable livelihoods.

Closing Remarks
As the conference drew to a close, it left an indelible mark on all participants. The interplay
of expert insights, youthful exuberance, and interactive dialogues not only enriched
knowledge but fostered a sense of camaraderie and shared purpose.
In these two days, the conference encapsulated the true essence of International Youth
Day—recognizing youth as the bedrock of progress and inviting them to steer the
trajectory towards sustainable development. The event kindled a spark, igniting a
collective commitment to integrating green skills into every facet of youth engagement.
The conference’s impact extends beyond the confines of the venue and the timeline of the
event. It sowed the seeds for collaborations, projects, and initiatives that will continue to thrive, shaping a future where green skills form the cornerstone of sustainable development.

After a two-day program focused on “Green Skills for Youth Toward a Sustainable World”
in commemoration of International Youth Day 2023, there are several recommendations
that can be considered to reinforce the impact of the program and promote ongoing
engagement and action among the participants:

  • Follow-Up Workshops and Training: Organize follow-up workshops or training sessions to
    delve deeper into specific aspects of sustainable development, such as renewable energy,
    waste management, conservation, sustainable agriculture, etc. This will help participants
    build practical skills and knowledge.
  • Project Implementation: Encourage participants to form groups and initiate small-scale
    sustainability projects in their communities. This could be anything from community
    gardens and clean-up initiatives to energy efficiency projects. Provide guidance and
    support to help these projects succeed.
  • Online Resources and Learning Platforms: Create an online platform or resource hub
    where participants can access relevant articles, videos, and learning materials related to
    green skills and sustainable development. This will enable them to continue learning and
    stay updated on the latest trends and practices.
  • Mentorship Programs: Pair participants with mentors who are experienced in
    sustainability-related fields. This mentorship can provide valuable guidance, insights, and
    networking opportunities for the youth as they pursue careers in sustainability.
  • Partnerships with Local Organizations: Collaborate with local environmental
    organizations, NGOs, and government agencies to create opportunities for participants to
    engage in larger-scale sustainability projects and initiatives.
  • Policy Advocacy and Youth Involvement: Empower participants to advocate for
    environmentally friendly policies at local and national levels. Support them in voicing their
    opinions, concerns, and ideas to policymakers and stakeholders.
  • Collaborative Projects: Encourage participants to collaborate on joint projects that require
    diverse skill sets. For example, combining artistic talents with environmental messages to
    create impactful awareness campaigns.
  • Feedback and Evaluation: Gather feedback from participants to understand what aspects of the program were most beneficial and where improvements can be made. Use this feedback to refine future programs and ensure their effectiveness.





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