29-31 May 2013, Delft, The Netherlands

CD Symposium
Developing Capacity from Rio to Reality: Who's Taking the Lead?

Listening to the Future Leaders: an Inter-Generational Dialogue on Water Leadership

The “Future We Want” outcome document of Rio+20 referred to the younger generation as “the custodians of the future,” an important stakeholder of sustainable development.

The need for capacity development to include the youth to achieve sustainable development is arguably most evident in the water sector. To support young people in fulfilling this role, in Rio, governments collectively called for the improvement of “the capacity of our education systems to prepare [young] people to pursue sustainable development” and to prepare students for careers in fields related to sustainability. Through effective capacity development efforts, a growing number of young people have already been taking the lead. This session will provide space for inter-generational dialogue between the present and the future leaders. The participants will gain deeper insight into what youth leadership is, what the future leaders need in terms of capacity development amidst changing contexts and roles, and how the present and future leaders can work together for water security.

Convening organisations
South East Asia Youth Environment Network & Water Youth Network

András Szöllösi-Nagy (IHE Delft) & Mitzi Borromeo (CCB)

Wouter Lincklaen Arriens (ADB)


  • Ponce Ernest Samaniego, South East Asia Youth Environment Network
  • Pondet Ananchai, Thai delegate of the South East Asia Youth Environmental Network (SEAYEN) at UNEP - TUNZA
  • Ayla van Kessel, Organiser World Water Day Youth Programme
  • application/octet-stream Twan Brinkhof
    International Water Week Young Professionals Programme