Audrée Giard-Leroux is a marine biologist and has a master’s degree in maritime resources management. She is now studying international ecology at the University of Sherbrooke. She will be part of a group meeting in Paris to work on the White Paper of the Francophone youth for water project.
From October 5th to 7th, as part of the Francophone youth for water project, initiated by the OFQJ and GWP in collaboration with the International Secretariat for Water (ISW) and its World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW), ten young Francophones from Canada, France, Haiti, Burkina Faso and Tunisia, met in the premises of LOJIQ in Montreal, in order to exchange national assessments results as well as prepare the drafting of a White Paper on the involvement of youth in the areas of water and food security for the Youth Conference (COY11) and the Paris Climate Conference (COP21).
During this highly rewarding multicultural meeting, the national assessments of Canada/Québec, France, Haiti, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Togo, Cape Verde, Mali and Madagascar were presented by the young participants. These assessments were composed of the findings and recommendations from the youth of different countries about the effects of climate change on their territories.
Following this information sharing, the participants focused on identifying common themes from the different assessments. After numerous interventions by participants, reflecting on the complexity of integrating different realities and local issues related to climate change, four themes were selected to develop a framework of the White Paper.
It is following this decision that the Francophone youth for water, representing engaged youth from 18 countries, will meet in Paris starting November 24th in order to write the White Paper on the findings and recommendations over the themes of public health, agriculture and food security, the sharing of water resources, and adaptation and resilience to climate change.