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Generations Cobayes – Linking water, climate, food security and health in Montreal on the road to Paris

From 5 - 10 August Générations Cobayes, Non Merci (Guinea-pig Generations No Thanks) was in Montreal and Quebec, Canada at an event focusing on the link between water, climate, food security and health issues within the framework of the project entitled “French-speaking Youth Commits for Water”.

Led by the Office Franco-Québécois pour la Jeunesse (OFQJ) and Global Water Partnership, this project aims at identifying the main priorities of French-speaking youth on the road to Paris for the UNFCCC COP21.

Hosted by Les Offices Jeunesse Internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ), the objective of the Montreal event was to present the findings of national consultations on water, climate, food security and youth involvement held in Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Chad, France, Haiti, Madagascar, Mali, Quebec, Togo and Tunisia from July to September 2015. Participants then identified four thematic areas of common interest across the French-speaking world to be detailed in a White Paper at the COY11 in November and ultimately presented to decision makers at the COP21 in December.

Vivien Deloge (left) represented Générations Cobayes to emphasise the crucial opportunity to include health issues in the debate considering the impacts of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and air, water and soil contamination on young people’s health and their related ability to live a healthy life and to conceive.

Successfully, public health was selected as one of the four thematic areas together with agriculture and food safety, sharing of water resources and resilience. The next step will be the drafting of the White Paper and its official release during the COY11 and COP21 in Paris.

For more information contact Vivien Deloge, Board Member, in charge of International & European Affairs at

Last updated on 15 October 2015

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