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AIPH and GYBN proudly announce list of Youth Jury members for the AIPH World Green City Awards 2024

In partnership with the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN), AIPH is proud to unveil the 15 members of the Youth Jury who will select the shortlist and winner of the first AIPH Youth Award from the 21 Finalists in the AIPH World Green City Awards 2024.

Following the call for applications for the Youth Jury in September 2023, an impressive number of applicants between the ages of 18 and 35 years old volunteered to take part in the exciting process. A Steering Group, comprising members of AIPH, GYBN, and external partners was established to review and assess the applications received and undertake the task of selecting a shortlist of applicants and ultimately the final list of Youth Jury members, which is proudly presented here:

“The implementation of the very first AIPH Youth Award demonstrates how AIPH is integrating the voice of the global youth constituency into the AIPH World Green City Awards,” says Dr Audrey Timm, Technical Initiatives Manager, AIPH. “Young people play a critical role in shaping greener cities of the future, and we are so pleased to be working with GYBN and the members of the Youth Jury to recognise and celebrate city-led action where the needs and aspirations of the youth are front and centre.”

The Youth Jury boasts members from around the world, representing young people from all regions and continents. The AIPH Youth Award is set to inspire the next generation to actively participate in the global green city movement by enabling stronger connections between cities and their youth populations. The 2024 Youth Jury plays a crucial role in shaping the first AIPH Youth Award, whose legacy is envisioned to be carried through as a central component of future editions of the AIPH World Green City Awards.

“The AIPH and GYBN collaboration for the inaugural AIPH Youth Award marks a significant milestone and highlights AIPH’s dedication to prioritizing youth voices. Acknowledging the dreams and aspirations of young individuals for their ideal cities, this partnership signifies a profound commitment to recognising the present and future role of youth. The establishment of an award driven by their needs and aspirations stands as a substantial acknowledgment of their crucial influence in shaping the urban landscape. We are thrilled to be partnering with AIPH!”- Ms. Sudha Kottillil, GYBN Team and GYBN India Chapter Co-Ordinator

Members of the Youth Jury will independently review and assess entries from the 21 Finalists in the AIPH World Green City Awards 2024 against a set of criteria which has been developed by GYBN in consultation with shortlisted applicants for the AIPH Youth Jury. Following subsequent discussions, the Youth Jury will select a shortlist of three entries and the winner of the AIPH Youth Award: the top entry most likely to inspire the youth and fulfil their needs for a secure, healthy future. The shortlisted cities for the AIPH Youth Award will each receive a certificate at the Awards ceremony, where the winner of the AIPH Youth Award will be publicly announced, alongside the 7 category winners and the Grand winner of the AIPH World Green City Awards 2024.

As a member of the Steering Group, I extend a warm welcome to the Youth Jury, who will play a crucial role in supporting the upcoming selection process and eagerly anticipate their insights as we approach the announcement of the winner of the AIPH Youth Award. Together, we look forward to championing innovation and sustainability in city design.”- Ms. Frydda Sandoval, Project Coordinator, Green Cities Foundation and member of the AIPH Youth Award Steering Group

AIPH recently announced that the Awards ceremony for the AIPH World Green City Awards will take the form of a dedicated gala dinner, set to be hosted on 25th September 2024 in the City of Utrecht, Netherlands, as part of the official program of the first Future Green City World Congress. You can read the Press Release here.

This announcement of the Youth Jury comes at an exciting time in the 2024 edition of the AIPH World Green City Awards. With the 21 Finalists set to be revealed in March 2024, AIPH, GYBN, and partners are thrilled to be collaborating to showcase how urban greening initiatives can have a transformative impact for both current and future generations.

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Timothy Blatch
Green City Consultant