Webinars on land-based jobs for youth

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Webinar 1 | Webinar 2 | Webinar 3 | Webinar 4

Are you motivated, have great ambitions and ideas but cannot find a job that matches your interests? Interested in being a job creator but you don’t know where to start? Are you fearful that you will fail because you lack the finances, connections, a winning idea or the mentors you need to get going? Is your dream to combine the useful and the enjoyable? Then this event is for you.

Everyone (well, maybe not everyone, but a large number of people!) acknowledges that we are living in critical times. Most businesses will have to recreate themselves. Previously employed people have to start over. Historically, young people champion change. They find creative ways to change the world. Just as the challenges of today are unprecedented, so are the opportunities for change – immense.

So come hear from people who, like you, had dreams and fears, but took the leap of faith, started small land-based businesses and are now successful owners of projects that are scaling new heights or breaking new ground. Learn how they deal with the setbacks and have them answer your questions. 

Over 25.6 million young people aged 15-19 years will enter the labor market in the next 10 years. It will affect us all. Being proactive can ensure the results are in your favor. Come and connect and learn where and how world leaders are breaking new ground and creating opportunities for young people to start sustainable land-based jobs. Get the advantage of positioning yourself strategically in the exploding green jobs market. 

It is possible to make a sustainable living from the land sector, find out how!

This webinar series is jointly organized by UNCCD and Deutsche Welle for young people aged 15 to 35 years, who want to create sustainable jobs in the land sector. 

Three webinars are focused on building the necessary capacity to help young people in Africa, Asia and Latin America to venture into land-related entrepreneurial initiatives. The fourth, a global webinar, will bring young people who started their journey under this initiative to meet and share their successes with global policy makers and entrepreneurs, and youth around the world.        

Webinar 1: Winning ideas and overcoming fear

Thursday, 19 November 2020
13:00 – 14:30 GMT/UTC

H. E. Ms. Victoire Tomegah-Dogbé – Prime Minister of Togo
Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw – Executive Secretary of the UNCCD
Mr. Baaba Maal – UNCCD Land Ambassador
Mr. Desmond Koney – CEO and Founder, Complete Farmer, Nigeria
Ms. Thato Mokgadi – Tsoo13, Botswana
Mr. Jacob Vahr Svenningsen – CEO and Founder of eGro, Denmark

Webinar 2:  Attracting investors and learning from mentors

Thursday, 25 February 2021
15:00 – 16:00 GMT/UTC (London)
09:00 – 10:00 CST (Mexico City)
Register here and chose the option of interpretation in Spanish or English

Ms. Tina Birmpili – Deputy Executive Secretary of the UNCCD
H. E. Mr. Camillo Gonsalves – Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Information Technology of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
H. E. Ms. Andrea Meza Murillo – Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica
Mr. Ahmid Daccarett – Founder and Executive Director, Bee Hub Guate, Guatemala

Webinar 3:  Building your business and seizing opportunities

Thursday, 2 September 2021
07:00 to 08:15 GMT/UTC

Ms. Tina Birmpili – Deputy Executive Secretary of the UNCCD
Mr. Shameek Chakravarty - Founder and CEO at Farmizen
Mr. Mincheol Jeong - Founder and Director of Tree Planet
Ms. Zhang Xin - Founder and Chairman of the Board, Shandong Xinguan Real Estate Company
Ms. Gulzhamal Issayeva, specialist in Green Economy, will serve as Respondent

The webinar will focus on the success factors linked to external business environment. The panelists will 

  1. Share knowledge about the market and policy environments in Asia that help land-based jobs to come out of the pandemic stronger. 
  2. Identify the market and policy challenges young entrepreneurs need to take into consideration for their enterprise.
  3. Advise young entrepreneurs working in the land sector on the relationships they need to build not just to survive, but to thrive.

Register here. Interpretation will be available in English, Arabic, Chinese and Russian

Webinar 4: Youth entrepreneurs meet global policy and business leaders

October/November 2021
14:00 to 16:00 GMT/UTC