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Chairing Organizations

is a non-partisan and independent organization, which was founded in Frankfurt am Main in November 1997.  Deriving from an initiative of students to protect the rights of future generations, Germany’s only foundation that was managed by people under the age of 30 did evolve.  The main objective of the FRFG is intergenerational justice and sustainability in all areas, which affect the relationship of the generations. The FRFG did initiate an international youth network called Youth for Intergenerational Justice and Sustainability - International Network (YOIS International) and did found the European section of it as an youth organization called YOIS Europe. This took place at their jointly with AIESEC, Rotaract, AEGEE, JEF organized European Youth Congress „Our Common Future – Realizing Sustainability“ in fall 2000 in Hanover, Germany. YOIS Europe is going to continue the lobby work of the FRFG as an youth organization whereas the FRFG will now work as a Think-Thank. 

is an umbrella organization operating at the international level through a Secretariat with focal points and resource persons in every region. It was created with the aim of coordinating youth participation in the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements(Habitat II) held in Istanbul, from 3-14 June 1996, which was the last UN Summit of the millennium.
Youth Association for Habitat and Agenda 21 (YFHIN-Turkey) is serving as the secretariat of the network and implementing projects for Habitat Agenda and Agenda 21 at the national level. The Network continues its endeavor of involving the youth in the follow-up process through international projects and networking. 

Under the patronage of Germany’s first lady Christina Rau, the Youth Initiative EXPO 2000 has invited thousands of young people from all over the world to come to Germany, visit the EXPO 2000 and the bustling, new capital city of Berlin. The Youth Initiative EXPO 2000 was created in autumn 1996 at the suggestion of EXPO Commissioner General Birgit Breuel. The young participants of YI are coming to Germany between June 1 and October 31, 2000, and are staying with German families for 2 to 6 weeks. During this time, the participants will have the opportunity to learn something about German economic, social, and cultural life. They will work at an internship with various German firms and organizations, they will travel and meet other people their age from all over the world.


is the managing director of the Youth Initiative EXPO 2000 for 1999-2000.  After 2000 she will go back to the Berlin government, as chief of the staff of the Berlin minister of urban development.

is co-founder of the FRFG and speaker of the study group Ecology of the FRFG.  He is now chairman of YOIS Europe and coordinates the activities of YOIS International Network. He studies spatial planning at the University of Dortmund.

is the international relations coordinator of the Secretariat of Youth for Habitat International Network.She is a student of political science and international relations in Bogazici University in Istanbul

Mr. Sheku Syl Kamara, Student, Peace Child International, Sierra Leone, 28
Mr. ThomasTchetmi, Journalist, President of Association Presse Jeune, Cameroon, Age: 24

South America: Ms. Emly de Andrade Costa, CEARAH Periferia, Ecuador, Age: 26
North America: Ms. Carolyn Rohaly, Sustainable Calgary, Canada, Age: 27

Mr. Chun Sup Park, administrative officer of UNEP Korean Committee, South Korea, Age: 26
Mr. Shakil Ghori, Raasta Development Consultants, Pakistan, Age: 29

Ms. Natalia Rosalion, Department of Infrastructure, Project Officer, Australia, Age: 25

Eastern Europe: Mr. Gábor Heves, Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Hungary, Age: 27
Western Europe: Ms. Patricia Elisa Roset, Netherlands, Age: 27

A short introduction from Ms. Cornelia Poczka was followed by a moderated panel discussion, chared by Mr. Martin G. Viehöver. The last 30 minutes were reserved to the plenum for discussion.

Official Organisers:
Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations
The Secretariat of Youth for Habitat International Network
Youth Initiative EXPO 2000