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A year after

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Washington D.C., USA -- I can't believe that it has already been a year since we first introduced TREE+PLY, a concept that has envisioned its youth to take action within their fingertips. A huge thanks to the World Bank for giving us a once in a lifetime experience! 
Here's the Executive Summary of the report: "The World Bank Group (WBG) Youth Summit is the largest annual gathering of youth worldwide at the WBG. It is managed by young WBG professionals on a voluntary basis and supported by senior management. The Youth Summit’s motto teach, showcase, and inspire reflects its ultimate goal — that is, to achieve that youth, equipped with the skills, networks, and motivation gained at the Summit, impact the development of their local communities and contribute to the accomplishment of WBG’s twin goals.

In its third edition, the Youth Summit focused on a problem that deeply concerns our current young generation: climate change. Knowing that youth are able to bring solutions, the WBG Youth Summit 2015 Organizing Committee decided to make a global call to crowd-source solutions for climate change on November 16–17, right before the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 21) in Paris.

Under the title “Crowd-Sourcing Solutions for Climate Change,” the Committee organized a worldwide competition to crowd-source policy or business ideas on how to adapt to or mitigate climate change. Six teams were selected among the 334 competition submissions that came from 79 different countries in just one month. Their team captains were flown in to Washington to present before a jury of WBG and external experts during the second day of the Summit.
The first day focused on building capacity and giving hands-on training to attendees through panel discussions and group sessions. Calls for action and motivational speeches from Rachel Kyte, former WBG Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, and Kehkashan Basu, Youth Activist, started a day in which youth learned useful skills and were put into the shoes of decision makers.
The two days of the Youth Summit hosted more than 200 attendees from b different nationalities that were preselected from a total of 1,483 youth registered over one month. Youth came from Canada, China, Germany, Nigeria, the Philippines, and South Africa to attend the Youth Summit and 12,309 others followed the event online from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and so forth. In addition, several WBG country offices in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America participated in the event via video conference. Audience at the auditorium had diverse professional backgrounds (NGOs, public and private sectors), and over half had a level of education of master’s degree or higher.

The hashtag #wbgyouthsummit reached 1,092,266 people and had over 4 million impressions over the span of two days. Via Facebook, the Youth Summit reached 2,707,260 users and generated 58,963 website clicks and 42,840 likes. Youth Summit blogs on the WBG site had over 20,000 blog posting reads in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic, and the events page had 35,354 views. Around the world, numerous media outlets, organizations, and universities picked up the Youth Summit announcements.

Foundations, universities, and private companies sponsored participants from overseas to attend the Youth Summit. The Committee received thousands of collaboration proposals from youth organizations, invited staff from government Youth Offices as attendees, and received entities such as the U.S. National Park Service that staffed a booth at the event. WBG directors developed interest in the competitors, and they were introduced to WBG managers to discuss their ideas further. Moreover, competitors were contacted by venture capitalists and invited to speak to the United Nations Baku Forum.

Finally, the Youth Summit overcame more inclusion barriers than ever by being the first event at the WBG to feature American Sign Language interpreters. The outcome? A true global, inclusive conversation of youth around the world about climate change." -World Bank
The WBG Business Competition Completion Report is already out! What a great way to remember all the excitement, pressure and the sleepless nights each of us went through! Congratulations to all 6 teams!

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